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Many lessons learnt
Because of IMM Graduate School, I have been able to excel in my job.
I first graduated – as top student in my class in 2017, with a Diploma in Marketing Management (Cum Laude). I also completed my Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Marketing in October 2018.
I started my studies with the IMM Graduate School in 2015 after getting recommendations from experienced marketers and friends. I was also looking for a marketing qualification with a reputable, stable and internationally recognized provider of higher learning.
I have been able to excel in my job, because my modules have moulded me into the good marketer that I am – being exposed to various concepts, models and frameworks that marketers need for effective execution of their strategies.
The biggest challenge I faced during my studies was trying to balance school, work and family commitments. I learnt through trials and tribulations that although distance learning is challenging, it forces students to identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking. This experiential learning and dynamic educational approach which integrates studies with practical experience has contributed meaningfully to my development.
In particular, the sales module gave me a huge advantage in the market place by helping me to understand and apply selling skills, strategies, practices and techniques.
I will use these life skills in my career and private life to make a real contribution to the marketing world through critical evaluation of information and situations.
Where am I today?
I currently work in the Sales and Marketing department of Nelspot Brands – a Zimbabwean detergent company.
I achieved my dream of graduating
Nozwelethu M. Nxumalo
Applying at IMM Graduate School was very easy and convenient. There are trained consultants who focus on you and ensure that the registration process is as swift as possible.
I googled for schools to study Marketing in Johannesburg, and was drawn to the IMM Graduate School. It specialises in marketing, and I believe that specialisation guarantees professionalism and great results.
Applying at IMM Graduate School was easy. There are trained consultants who focus on you and ensure that the registration process is as swift as possible.
I registered at IMM Graduate School Milpark in 2012. The classes were in a professional environment, and we had very dedicated and helpful lecturers. My studies went well.
In 2016 I got a full-time job working as an assistant to the Operations Manager and in 2018, I made it and finally my dream of graduating with an IMM Graduate School degree became a reality. I had preached so many times to family and friends about what an amazing institution the IMM Graduate School was.
The courses and the time frame to study were conducive, especially for someone like me, who had to relocate to Eswatini (Swaziland), in 2016. I also loved that IMM Graduate School provided exam centres that were close to me.
I would like to thank IMM Graduate School for giving me such a wonderful opportunity. IMM has proved to have the student’s best interest at heart. I will register for my Honours next year 2020.
Where am I today?
I am currently working for a Transport Company in Eswatini as Operations Administrator and obtaining my degree has given me the confidence to pursue Marketing options.
Perseverance is what it’s all about
I lost loved ones, endured financial stress and at times the challenges almost pulled me back. Nonetheless, perseverance held me and here I am.
My journey with IMM Graduate School has been interesting, challenging and fulfilling. When I enrolled with IMM Graduate School, I had gone into Post Natal depression after I gave birth to my third child. I suffered from amnesia and was emotionally detached from everything. I thank my family for supporting me and encouraging me to pursue my diploma. With the help of friends, I managed to pass most of my modules.
Given the economic situation in my country, I endured financial strain and I failed to graduate with my class of 2015. In 2018, after receiving financial support from my family, I managed to complete the remaining 5 modules. It has been a tiring journey, which has made me grow in so many ways.
Where am I today?
Now that I have gained my memory fully, I believe I can achieve anything that I set my mind on. I believe I will be able to pursue my BBA in Marketing as well as the BPhil. I see myself as a marketing consultant, given the knowledge that I’ve been equipped with by IMM.
Heading for a bonus
Ever since I studied at IMM, I have been recognised at work through my contributions to team and organisational strategy.
I experienced some financial hardships, as my work place only assisted with two module payments. My wife is also studying and my kids’ school fees made it hard but I am glad I completed my studies despite the financial challenges.
I managed to complete my Post Grad Diploma while having to balance work pressure in my two jobs and being an involved father of three primary going kids who needed help with homework and having to attend their soccer matches. Ever since I studied at IMM, I have been recognised at work through my contributions to team and organisational strategy. I also achieved my personal development goals which should get me a bonus.
Where am I today?
I want to rest this year and put my knowledge to good use, but I intend to continue my studies with IMM in order to reach and complete my Master’s.
THE FIRST SINGLE STEP IS ALL IT TOOK
I gained invaluable skills and knowledge through my IMM studies, which I will apply and carry over even after my retirement.
Finally, my journey at IMM has come to fruition with my achievement of a Higher Certificate in Marketing. The journey to success was both challenging and rewarding and through persistent hard work, commitment and patience, what had to be done has been successfully completed. It is important to note that most goals are achievable, and any dream is possible with the right attitude, focus and mind-set.
The ancient Chinese proverb “A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step” (Chao Tzu). teaches us that even for the longest and most difficult venture, there is a starting point which begins with small steps.
Where am I today?
I started this journey, two years ago and now have reached my destination with an achievement of a Higher Certificate in Marketing. I gained invaluable skills and knowledge through my IMM studies, which I will apply and carry over even after my retirement which is due soon on 31st October 2019.
SUCCESS REQUIRES NO APOLOGIES
While it remains important that we focus on the destination, it was the things I learnt along the way that made the journey worthwhile.
I am trained in Electrical Engineering and Marketing, and worked for an Electricity utility company before changing careers to follow a Business Consulting route. Changing careers also meant that I needed a new skill set, especially in business, and this is why I chose to study marketing. and so IMM Graduate School was my first choice. My journey has been inspired by many authors and speakers but the following saying by Napoleon Hill: “success requires no apologies; failure permits no alibis” stood out as the pushing force behind my actions. Once I completed my IMM Diploma in Marketing in 2007, I also did a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management 8 years later.
When I started out with the IMM Graduate School in 2015, they did not have an examination center in Lesotho, which obviously caused some logistical problems for me but I made a plan, and once I sorted out my exam center, like they say, the rest is history. The journey was rocky but the learning was immense. While it remains important that we focus on the destination, it was the things I learnt along the way that made the journey worthwhile. IMM support team was very responsive and I am indebted to them all.
Where am I today?
I believe in learning – I have my personal development plan all worked out and I plan to continue working on my micro and small businesses. Once I exit public office, I plan on enrolling for an online short course in leadership with IMM, beginning May 2019.
My ultimate goal is to be a Chartered Marketer with Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK and undergo their executive development program.
IMM Graduate School gracefully offers 8 years for part time studies but I managed to complete it in 4 and half years juggling many activities.
Before my journey started with IMM Graduate School in 2013, I always delayed my studies because of parenting and work. Once I decided to start my journey – my perspective changed completely.
Parenting, working full time, household chores, family functions all of these activities can be managed and accommodated around your studies. Many sacrifices were made during this time, not only emotionally but financially. My kids’ studies had to be manned by my husband and while I was set to achieve my goal, I missed numerous family functions.
In 2014 I gave up my full time job to focus on my family and studies, but I knew that every cent spent was worth it which motivated me more than anything else. Failing a subject really gets to you, well it got to me and I decided to take a 6 month break from my studies.
I do not know what it was, but something kept driving me to finish within 5 years. As soon as registrations opened in 2016 I registered for 2 new modules and the race continued.
In 2017, I re-entered the corporate market and was now more driven and motivated to prove to myself that all things are possible if we only believe! I continued with my part time studies and am proud to say that today – I have my degree.
Where am I today?
What’s next? My honours of course, I can’t wait to register once I’m financially stable again…see you soon IMM.
Hard work never goes unnoticed
Distance learning has taught me to become more disciplined, to plan better, to break down goals into realistic milestones and work fastidiously towards achieving deadlines well before the official date.
I first registered for the Diploma in Marketing in 2006. It was an increasingly stressful decision, mainly due to the fact that I could hardly afford to enrol and pay for the study units and at that specific point in time I could not afford to pay for the tutorials. This was arguably the most difficult and long-term decision that I had undertaken at that moment.
Studying part time, balancing a career and distance learning was not easy. However, it was an opportunity to think differently, it taught me to plan better, to break down goals into milestones and work fastidiously towards achieving deadlines well before the official date. This is a skill that I truly value and what carries me daily in my role and makes me even more effective at what I do.
The increased skill of time management most importantly taught me to plan for successful outcomes, despite the hurdles. During the course, I faced failure along the journey and this was not easy, but I was not planning to give up, so had to increasingly build a skill of endurance. Studying part time also gave me a deeper appreciation for financial management and budgeting. My perseverance was ultimately rewarded with me passing and achieving my degree. Years later without taking a break I further pursued and signed up for the BBA Degree in Marketing and finally graduated with a B Phil Honours in Marketing. In remaining true to my goals and achieving my dreams, I have managed to encourage my sister together with a number of my colleagues within Advertising and Marketing to study with IMM. When they look at what I have managed to achieve, they believe that it is no longer a dream and is in fact achievable.
Years later as I moved up within my studies from a certificate course to a BPhil in Marketing. I can directly correlate my success within my professional career to milestones achieved while studying towards my degrees.
Where am I today?
I recently joined FNB Cash Investment’s heading up the Premium Marketing team. I believe that my education and experience has prepared me for the opportunity and allowed me to settle into the role with enthusiasm and vigour. In addition to this, IMM has recognised me once again as a tutor for Business to Business Marketing, Fundamentals of Digital Marketing and Advanced Digital and Mobile Marketing. This acknowledgment together with my appointment at FNB has further invigorated me with more drive, passion and respect for Digital Marketing. I plan to continue with my studies and I’m currently investigating the opportunity to undertake and apply for a Master’s qualification. I’m eager to take on my next academic qualification.
WINNING ANY QUALIFICATION OF MY CHOICE
I am grateful to the IMM Graduate School for having given me the opportunity of a lifetime!
I started with entry level marketing positions while I struggled to jointly pay off my student loan. I watched as my peers soared in different industries through Junior and Mid-Management positions while they were studying part time. Needless to say, I could not afford to pay for my own studies let alone get a grant to study by the employers that I worked for over the years.
In August 2017, I entered a bursary competition at the IMM Graduate School. On Saturday the 27th of August 2017, I received a call. The lady on the line handed over the phone to a gentleman who told me that I had won a bursary. For a second, my world shut down as tears started rolling down my face. God had finally granted me the opportunity to study further.
I could choose ANY qualification of my choice on condition that I meet the minimum requirements. In 2018 I registered for the Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing Management and I made a promise to myself that I would complete it within 12 months. Raising funds for textbooks was amongst the challenges that I experienced during my studies. It also came with sleepless nights and weekends.
Where am I today?
I started a new job 4 month after my graduation and it is a management role. I am a Campaign Manager at Harambee now and can’t be happier. I am super excited and proud of what I have been able to achieve.
WITH THE SUPPORT OF MY BEST FRIEND & WIFE
It is a story of anxiety, pain and joy from the start to where I am at the moment. I can’t call it the finishing line yet since I am still on the way to my highest possible point, at the IMM off course.
My best friend, as well as my wife, persuaded me to start studying with IMM but I was afraid to commit myself since I perceived it as an unattainable goal due to the exchange rate, as well as the exam venue which was in South Africa. Later IMM introduced the Harare exam venue for degree students. I remember struggling to raise the money for the initial registration. Finally, I paid my assessment fees and eventually registration fees.
I managed to complete my degree with six distinctions and I never missed a single semester for any reason. I uphold the highest standards of ethics in academic circles. My motto now is “ Learning is a life time journey”.
Where am I today?
I have registered for a Bachelor of Philosophy degree (Honours). After this I will go for a Master’s degree which will take me to the summit. I want to make a difference at all the companies that will engage me. Above all I will give back to the society in return of the favour that the almighty has granted me.
Grab your opportunities
Where would I be had I not opted to study with IMM, but quickly shake the scary thought out of my mind.
I completed my matric with no funds to study, I was fortunate enough to land a full-time job 2-years after I had matriculated. Having no formal qualification, meant a very low salary, but priceless experience. I moved around the business a couple of times before meeting a Marketing Manager who was convinced I had a natural flair for marketing, and took me under her wing. But that wasn’t enough… She arranged for my company to pay my fees towards a Marketing qualification… I remember her saying “It will be an IMM qualification or nothing at all.” I was truly blessed to get this opportunity, and grabbed it!
I initially registered for the Diploma in Marketing, and this opened many doors for me. I was soon requested to join the Group Marketing Team within the organisation. Upon completion, I decided I did not want to stop there. I took a gap year, and contacted IMM once again, only this time with the intention to complete a degree. My confidence and knowledge about the field increased throughout the duration of the course. On the evening of my graduation I think back and wonder where I would be had I not opted to study with IMM, but quickly shake the scary thought out of my mind.
Hardships at University
I never gave up because I knew that I had to do it again. I kept on moving to achieve my goal.
I thought tertiary education would not challenge me more than high school did, but I was wrong. It was challenging when I had to redo a 2017 module that I failed. I redid it in 2018 which led to my completion of my higher certificate in Marketing
Spending more money on the extra module was a sacrifice, and deciding to rather study distance demanded more time, effort and discipline, but it was all worth it – I achieved great results through my hard work. I never gave up because I knew that I wanted to do it. I kept on moving to achieve my goal.
Where am I today?
With my higher certificate in marketing I was able to articulate into my BCom in Marketing and Management Science with IMM.