NAS Women: Patience and hard work have positive results

Posted on August 11, 2021

NAS Women: Patience and hard work have positive results
Women's Month: Focus on Ms Lornah Kgosana

Q: Job title and in which department 
A: I am working as a laboratory assistant in the Department of Animal Science.

Q: What has been the highlight of your career?
A: The highlight of my career would have to be the recognition I have received from my colleagues. I started working in the department as a cleaner, washing all laboratory glassware according to SOP. However, I didn't only work according to my job description, and I did more. The laboratory manager and the technicians saw potential in me for assisting them in the lab. They gave me further training in analysis methods and taught me how to operate the machines for proximate analysis. I later received training from Agri-Enviro Solutions and became a certified lab operator for the Ankom system. Thus, contributing to published research studies.

Q: What inspires you?
A: I am inspired by being good at what I do and growing in it to contribute to the department. It also inspires me to convey knowledge to the students during their studies in the lab. This serves as a semblance of purpose in the professional aspect of my career.

Q: What challenges have you experienced in your career?
A: The challenges I have faced would be learning of my duties as I learned piece by piece the various aspects of my work while in employment. I learned on the job, instead of having learned then applied. However, it has also made the prospect of growth in my skills a thrilling experience.

Q: What message do you have for the youth of South Africa?
My message to the youth would be to advise them on the virtue of patience and hard work and to know that the biggest obstacle in your path will always be you, no matter your age or background.

- Author Martie Meyer
Published by Martie Meyer

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