Currently in his final year of a master’s in applied arts degree, Keegan Naidoo began his academic career at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) with a diploma in fashion and textiles, and followed it up with a bachelor’s in technology specialising in fashion. He progressed to working as an assessor and facilitator, when a surprising turn of events led to lecturing. “The biggest surprise of my career was that I did not anticipate having a successful career in higher education,” says Naidoo. Awarded for having presented the best master’s paper from DUT in 2020, Naidoo put forward Hope and Resilience in a Community – a befitting title describing his very own academic journey in the fashion industry. Naidoo stresses the importance of believing in oneself wholeheartedly and building an unbreakable exterior of resilience. “Use your strengths to your advantage while constantly working on your weaknesses.”
Never doubt your ability to succeed.