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Aurum intern seeks to unlock her potential

Aurum intern seeks to unlock her potential

Ziyathandwa Mzenzi is one of the hundreds of unemployed youths who is being empowered with work experience through Youth Health Africa, an affiliate of The Aurum Institute.

The 20-year-old shares her journey so far, as an intern in Aurums Communications Unit, where she is being mentored and hopes to gain skills and experience which will make her employable in a country with an estimated youth unemployment rate at 55.75%.

“YHA appealed to me because it focuses on developing youth, whether it be with work experience or to stay healthy. I joined the programme in October 2020 and learned so much about HIV. I realised that as young people, we are still not really fully aware when it comes to HIV and AIDS and statistics show that we have a high number of HIV cases. I am really glad to be part of an organisation which is trying to change that.

At the beginning of the programme, I was placed in different departments at YHA where I gained a lot of different skills. I got the most experience while working in the Absorption team, whose main objective is to link young people to job opportunities. This meant updating their CV’s and making sure they are the best candidates they can be for a job. So being there with them, helped me a lot with my communication skills. Now that I am with Aurum in the Communications team I am exposed to the career path I want to pursue. My interest is web design, particularly in the media industry. I would like to work more on the online platforms to showcase the work of Aurum, in particular the women in science, as leading women in science and technology really inspire me.

I am also inspired by my dad Vuyo Mzenzi. He taught me a lot of about life, I call him a ‘wisdom well’ because whenever I need advice, I go to him. He has taught me to remain focused and to approach life with enthusiasm and determination.

That is how I approached this internship, I know that it is a great stepping stone to my career ambitions and a great lesson in engaging, communicating and conducting myself in the workplace.  

I encourage youth to apply for the YHA programme because it is a great place to unleash your potential and grooms you to become a good candidate for future employment. At the same time, you are exposed to the broader healthcare and civil society sectors.  

I am looking forward to the rest of my journey and hope that my love of reading books, writing, coming up with new ideas and to help others will be fully utilized during my internship.”