Engineers Mr Craig Martin Arulappan and Mr Sameshan Pandarum were awarded their Postgraduate Diplomas in Business Management with distinction.
Arulappan works as an Automotive Engineer for Sumitomo Rubber South Africa which manufactures Dunlop, Falken and Sumitomo tyres.
He says that due to the nature of his work, a good business knowledge will help him achieve a more rounded understanding of his company. ‘A business qualification was also an attractive addition to my Engineering degree.
‘The experience was rewarding in terms of the sacrifices that come with working and studying. The course work was interesting and provided me with new ideas and a new level of understanding. The qualification is definitely worthwhile since its scope is so vast and it adds value to your portfolio and knowledge base,’ said Arulappan.
His plan is to advance his career and move into a senior management position.
Pandarum, who has a Chemical Engineering degree from UKZN, believes that the Business Management qualification will further enhance his skills within his current field in terms of management applications. ‘It will also prepare me for the MBA which I want to do in the future.
‘I underestimated the effort required in studying part-time,’ he said. ‘It is essentially similar to having two jobs, a day job and a night job. I commend all those who attempt such a monumental task and more so those who succeed. It really challenges and upgrades your efficiency and time management skills immensely.’
Pandarum recently obtained a position at the Anheuser-Busch InBev Headquarters, one of the largest beverage organisations in the world, where he hopes to apply his newly acquired skills and grow professionally and personally.
Words: Lungile Ngubelanga
Photograph: Rogan Ward; Supplied