28-year-old Zanele Mthiunye shares what her job as a phlebotomist entails, as well as her success tips to young people.
Zanele has come a long way. Her mother, who was a domestic worker passed away a couple of years ago because of a heart failure just before she graduated her first degree, leaving her and her five siblings with her dad who is a taxi driver. She opens up more about how life has been since and what keeps her busy.
Describe what your role as a phlebotomist entails?
Phlebotomists are qualified medical technicians who specialise in blood collection for medical purposes and laboratory testing. This entails me working closely with patients and medical professionals such as doctors, nurses, pathologists and medical specialists.
Why did you decide to start the NGO, Role Models?
Describe your busiest day
My days are always so hectic as I go to work, study and manage my side businesses on a daily basis. I’m in my second year now and I feel like this lifestyle has become a productive habit that I enjoy and it brings out the best in me.
You are also studying towards a degree in psychology, tell us more about that?
I’m doing my second qualification BA in psychology, it’s quite an exciting career to branch in. I still believe education is power and I believe this degree will help open doors for me to positively impact the lives of people around me.
You are now raised by a single dad after your mom passed on, how was that experience for you and your siblings?
After I lost my mom things were not the same anymore but I have a loving and supportive family and one of the best dads in the world. He’s my everything and I learned resilience and strength from him. He’s proof that there are really good men out there.
What is your career advice to young people who are on the brink of giving up because of the many challenges they are facing?
My advice is pretty simple yet profound: Lack of faith will limit you from being the best you can be. Everything starts in the mind, believe in yourself and follow your dreams.