Thomas has always had a deep passion and fascination for technology and its pace of advancement, which prompted him to pursue a BCom Informatics degree in 2004. Unfortunately, being a graduate did not result in any significant employment opportunities for Thomas and he spent the subsequent years moving from one fixed-term contract to another, with little hope of job security or financial stability.
Despite being “over-qualified”, Thomas was placed at one of Progression’s internationally recognised clients in the manufacturing sector in September 2018, where he proceeded to complete two Business Administration learnerships while gaining practical experience as a learner in the company’s IT Department. Unfortunately, the uncertainties created by COVID-19 meant that the company was only able to offer Thomas a 6-month contract when his second learnership came to an end in 2020. However, his strong work ethic and clear passion for his job did not go unrecognised for long and in March 2021 he was presented with the offer of a permanent position as an IT Technician, an opportunity that he grabbed with both hands.
Being somewhat of a perfectionist, Thomas found the greatest challenge during his learnership journey to be the high expectations he placed on himself to do well, but they were equally a blessing as they pushed him to excel and brought out the best in him. His persistent drive to succeed as well as the constant support provided by his family motivated him to keep going. Thomas affirms, “The biggest lesson I learned during my learnership is that the power lies not in individuals, but in our collective strength as people. Getting help from family, friends and institutions like Progression is not a weakness, but a strength. No man is an island.”
In his current position as an IT Technician, Thomas performs various helpdesk functions, however the plan is for him to focus on SAP applications as his area of speciality. He has already embarked on a number of SAP overview courses and the goal is now to make him part of the Applications Team as an Analyst. After many years of hard work and perseverance, Thomas is well and truly on the road to achieving his dreams and his future has never looked brighter.
For almost two decades, Progression has been partnering with some of South Africa’s biggest corporate companies to facilitate and manage learnerships, mostly for people with disabilities.
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