As a self-described “skillspreneur”, Dzivhu Mavhungu is in the business of building the potential of young people, nurturing the skills and experiences that will support them throughout their careers. Through his business EarlyCareers, and by undertaking a PhD at the University of Johannesburg that is centred on strategies for the improvement of generation Z’s career trajectories, Mavhungu seeks to ensure the employability and long-term retention of young people in corporate workplaces. Through EarlyCareers, Mavhungu coordinates early career programmes such as industry-aligned and allied bursaries, internship opportunities and graduate programmes. Beyond the success of his own business and studies, Mavhungu feels deep satisfaction knowing his work ensures the futures and livelihoods of so many young people. His proudest moment? When a participant in one of his graduate programmes was hired directly into a managerial position. For him, this was a testament to the importance and relevance of his work.
My advice to my younger self, is the advice I followed exactly 10 years ago when it seemed impossible to start a business at 17, I did it and here I am.