- A young woman, Nokubonga Ngqulunga, has started a job at Engen after obtaining her degree in chemical engineering
- Ngqulunga grew up in a household with a single mom, whom she said was her hero
- Now, she aims to inspire other young South Africans with her success
More and more women are breaking through the glass ceiling - taking up positions formerly dominated by men.
One such young woman is Nokubonga Ngqulunga - a chemical engineer graduate who recently started working at the Engen Lubricants Blending Plant in Durban.
This month, South Africa celebrated its youth and Ngqulunga is without a doubt a reason for celebration.
The young woman grew up in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal and matriculated from Estcourt High School, Briefly.co.za learned.
Ngqulunga and her two sisters were raised by a single mother who understood the value of education.
“My mom made sure that all of us attended school and did well academically. From a young age I looked up to and admired my mom, she truly is a superwoman," she said.
From Grade 10, Ngqulunga started to attend extra classes at Engen's Maths and Science School at Howard Campus.
After matriculating, Ngqulunga was awarded a full bursary from Engen to study at tertiary level.
“Education was always a priority in our household,” she said, adding: “and I think that is why I have never stopped pursuing my studies. I was to attain a BEng (Hons) qualification next and gain as much work experience in different areas of business as possible."
Following the completion of her degree, Ngqulunga started working as an Engen graduate trainee - a position she landed in May this year.
Ngqulunga credits hard work and dedication for her success.
“I believe that anything and everything is possible if you put in the hard work and believe in yourself. Having a mentor who is aligned with your life goal is also a good idea as it helps to ensure that your dreams are realistic and achievable," she said.
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