CAREERS ZIMBABWE is a career development center that focuses on providing career training, career counseling, and career information to young professionals in Zimbabwe in order to assist them find jobs.
We had the opportunity to email interview the Founder of Career Zimbabwe, Pardingtone Ndundu who’s part of the Africans Building Africa Community.
- Tell us about yourself and your organization
- How much did you need to start your organization and how were you able to raise that capital?
I started Careers Zimbabwe with zero dollars! I had free Wi-Fi, a library and a computer at college and that was it. To formalize the business about a year later I got assistance from close lawyer colleagues who I stayed with while at college. I made sure that the Board of Trustees composed a team of well-connected and experienced people who could offer advice on how to develop the organization.
I took a full-time job to sustain the organization.
- What are some of the challenges you face in your organization and how do you overcome those challenges?
- Where do you see your organization in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?
Career Insider (www.careerinsider.co.zw) our career magazine will be a formidable force to change perspectives towards prioritizing career management of not only students and professionals but also employers, government and funding agencies in the education sector.
In 2022, we will be hosting our fifth National Career Week in which the first is October this year in Harare.
- What advice would you give other entrepreneurs looking to start a business or invest in Africa?
- You don’t necessarily need money to start a business or social venture.
- Your patience levels should be exceptional.
- Be the best at your craft and all things will fall into place.
- Collaborate locally, regionally and internationally with people in your same field – you need the exposure!
- How is your business participating to the development of Africa?
There has been a discussion on the Africa We Want and am to that Careers Zimbabwe is:
- Aligning people to their elements (passion) and from it the best careers are noted.
- Bridging the gap between tertiary and industry needs – this informs the type of education required.
- Solidifying the tripartite relationship of parent, student and teacher with regards to working together for career management.
- Information is power – providing information on where to get a job, how to launch a career, why a mentor is needed, tips to get a scholarship is what many young people need for free.
- Celebrate ingenuity – celebrating young people’s work and achievements motivates others and inspire them to believe they can when their colleagues can achieve while with the same resources and in the same environment.