African Academy Alumni, Sam Baloyi, shares his experience on work ethic with graduating students. The African Academy Graduation Ceremony was held on the 10th of March 2010 at the Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg. The atmosphere was one of excitement and success as students filtered through, having their photos taken and making their way to their seats. Alumni, Sam Baloyi was asked by the African Academy to speak at the Graduation Ceremony because after graduating in 1997, he has worked for a number of major companies and organizations. In addition, he has worked in various industries such as the Petrochemical, Research and Development, Mining, Pharmaceutical, Environmental and
the Food industry. Baloyi is an entrepreneur and runs his own company called NTNP Development Solutions, specializing in Draughting solutions. Since graduating, he has continued to further his studies at African Academy and is currently registered for a NQF 5 Structural Steel Detailing Course.
The African Academy wanted Baloyi to share his experience of what it takes to make it in the world of Design Draughting and this is exactly what he accomplished with his speech. Baloyi spoke of how honoured he was when he was asked to address the graduates of 2009, “Today because of you, I am proud to say that I am a product of this Academy”. He also wished to illustrate how their time spent at the African Academy would “stand them in good stead for an interesting and fulfilling future”. He mentioned that most of the graduating students had probably overcome many personal challenges and through their perseverance, have made it to where they are today. Baloyi’s inspirational speech, encompassing all aspects of student life, from studying hard, procrastinating, moments of tears and laughter and becoming experts in time
management, was aimed at congratulating the students sitting before him – wishing for them to be proud of their hard work and accomplishments. “This intellectual and personal growth will continue for as long as you shall live”, Baloyi went on to proclaim.
He believes that things have changed since he graduated over ten years ago – that Draughting has evolved, working conditions have improved and companies and organizations have changed to adopt new cultures and policies to enable them to operate mutually within the global community. Based on these changes, Baloyi considers work ethic to be of great importance. Work ethic, according to Baloyi, includes not only the way in which people feel about their jobs but also how one fulfills their responsibilities within their job. He went on to speak of how attitude, respect, communication, interaction and relationship management all play a major role in work ethic. Preparing the graduating students for a working life, Baloyi told the students how work ethic includes characteristics such as honesty, self motivation, initiative, a positive attitude, consistent production of high quality work, meeting deadlines and being loyal to employers and business associates. “Work ethic is an ongoing character building exercise and it demonstrates reliability and trustworthiness – two attributes that employers seek and value”, says Baloyi. Baloyi’s speech left the graduating students inspired to take their next step of life into employment, whilst pleasing staff and guests alike. The Graduation Ceremony was one of success for both the African Academy and their graduates.