Innovation and social impact leader Dintle Nkosi, 34, is passionate about education and helping young people prepare and plan for their futures. She has self-funded multiple career guidance initiatives in her community and has been running her non-profit Thuto Thusa since 2020. She is the creator of an initiative called “Career Day by Thuto Thusa”, a career guidance Youtube Channel. Career Day shares the educational and career journeys of young professionals from all walks of life in an engaging animated format that captures the attention of young viewers. In other words, Career Day brings young professionals into the homes and schools of young South Africans through their social media platforms. Through Career Day she also offers students access to free career personality tests. As a firm believer in “knowledge is power”, Dintle is concerned most by the inequalities over access to information around career guidance and higher education. Her mission is to make education and information accessible to all, whether it is getting into the right university or choosing a career path. Dintle believes that career guidance is the key to creating the shift in our country regarding unemployment and poverty. What makes Dintle special is her tenacity and commitment to ensuring that young people know they have choices.
- Masters candidate (University of Derby)
- BCom Honours, Internal Auditing (Unisa)
- BCom, Internal Auditing (University of Pretoria)
- Launching a career guidance platform for young people with professionals from different industries sharing their journeys.
- Offering free career personality tests to young people to help them make an informed career choice
The frustration of not having information or any exposure to different careers. My parents ended up choosing a career for me based on what was “most stable” and not because of my interests or strengths.
Enjoy your life, you won’t get this time back. Remember to study hard, surround yourself with the right people and work towards your dreams and goals. Don’t do things you might end up regretting. Know your worth.
In education specifically – options. Having lived and worked in the UK, I am always surprised at the options young people have. Having a successful career is not limited to going to a top university, which is sometimes the perception in South Africa. I would like to see young people being able to develop skills that are aligned with their interests and have the resources, support, and confidence to pursue their dreams. I would like to see an increase in the literacy rate and less unemployment. I would like to see education facilities (universities, colleges, apprenticeships) that cater to a wider range of people breaking all barriers to entry that prevent people from acquiring skills/learning.