Greg Sithole graduated with an IIE Diploma in Information Technology Software Development from The IIE's Varsity College in Sandton (Class of 2015).
Today he is a Junior Software Developer at Empire State, and can boast of having developed apps for such major companies as Barclays.
The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE) is SA's largest and most accredited private higher education provider, and its graduates are highly sought after in the workplace.
Here, Greg tells about how his childhood dream became a reality with the assistance of The IIE and Varsity College, and about his brilliant vision for his future.
MY DAILY DUTIES:
My daily duties include developing mobile and web applications, improving existing systems and working with various clients as well as team members to build great projects. We also assist interns from The Digital Academy which where I started, and that led to me working for Empire State.
I CHOSE MY QUALIFICATION BECAUSE:
From a young age I was fascinated by computers and gadgets, and it has always been my dream to be in the IT Industry making software and creating amazing applications, which can and will be utilised by the people around me.
MY GREATEST CAREER SUCCESS TO DATE:
My greatest achievement was that during the time of my Internship (November 2015 – January 2016) at The Digital Academy, I was named as The Best Developer of the Quarter and since then I have created a variety of applications for companies like Barclays.
HOW THE IIE VARSITY COLLEGE CAREER CENTRE HELPED ME ACHIEVE MY GOALS:
The Career Centre Coordinator helped me to secure the position I am in now by giving the students studying my course an opportunity to go to The Digital Academy, and because of that, I was given the opportunity to be a part of the internship, which led me to Empire State.
WHAT STOOD OUT MOST FOR ME ABOUT VARSITY COLLEGE:
It is the amount of support I had from my lecturers because without them I would not have been as committed to becoming a really good software developer.
WHAT I WANT TO ACHIEVE IN FUTURE:
I plan to pursue further studies, i.e. BSc IT Computer Science. Career wise, I would like to grow as a Developer and become a Senior Developer, ultimately creating my own video game development & media company.
MY ADVICE FOR YOUR FIRST JOB:
I would advise students that the most important things after school are dedication and hard work, as this is only the beginning and the harder we work, the further we go.