Student Journeys

  • Kagiso Mailula
  • Kayla Edwards
  • Lindiwe Mahlangu
  • Wesley Solomons
  • Thetshi Makhuvha

Kagiso

  • KAGISO MAILULA

    KAGISO MAILULA

    AGE: 24
    BIRTHPLACE: TZANEEN, LIMPOPO
    QUALIFICATION: BACHELOR OF TECHNOLOGY IN QUANTITY SURVEYING (BTECHQS)

My journey in 2009 when I heard about the company’s bursary scheme through friends and fellow varsity classmates. I decided to go for it and completed the easy online application process.

A few weeks later, I received correspondence from Murray & Roberts – I had been shortlisted for Phase two of the selection process. This phase was a one-day programme, that began with a full range of psychometric assessments (spanning from the acquisition of an individual’s knowledge in mathematical techniques right through to general life skills) and ended with an informal interview with Zazél Sale. The interview involved general questions to get an idea of our personalities.

A month passed and I was excited to see an email from Murray & Roberts. The big news? I had successfully completed Phase two of the selection process and was eligible to take part in Phase three (final stage of the selection process).

When the big day (Phase three) came, I arrived at the Head Office in my best suit to impress. Phase three consisted of a formal interview with a panel of managers from the Group. At this stage, I had felt like a part of Murray & Roberts team through my regular interaction with the company. The pressure was on to impress. My preparations for the interview involved research about the company and my role. This helped to gain better understanding about my possible career path within the industry.

I’ll never forget the day I received the life-changing call from Murray & Roberts, 22 October 2009, the day I also celebrate my birthday. The call I had been waiting for delivered the message I had been hoping for. I had successfully completed the selection process. In January 2010, I would officially be a member of the Murray & Roberts family. The rest, as they say, is history.

The Bursary Programme consisted of regular vacation work ensuring that I complete the six-month experiential training. This was essential for my qualification. The on-site experience was invaluable. It provided me with a practical overview of what my career would look like as a qualified graduate. I also gained an understanding of what would be expected of me by my colleagues and seniors. In fact, the relationships I built/ created during my time as a student continue to make my work much easier to embrace.

The thought of starting a career is pretty scary. The thought of starting that career at one of the biggest organisations in the country is nothing short of terrifying. When it finally dawned on me that my time at varsity was over and it was time to ‘swim with the big boys’ I was understandably nervous, filled with equal parts joy and fear.

The first few weeks of 2013 as a graduate were spent at the Head Office where graduates partook in the graduate orientation month. This involved meeting fellow graduates from other companies within the Group. At orientation we discussed employment contracts, medical aid, financial literacy and pension funds. During orientation we also had the privilege to meet the ‘Big Guys’ (Murray & Roberts Limited Board) who explained their respective duties and gave advice where necessary). We also had the opportunity to go to project site visits within the Gauteng Province. Personally this provided me with invaluable insight into different areas within Murray & Roberts Group. In a nutshell, the orientation month insured a smooth transition from student to young professional.

The 102 Rivonia Road project (Ernest & Young Headquarters) in Sandton was myfourth project I worked on, but also the first project I worked on through to its closure and final account settlement. I have enjoyed exploring Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct through the ABSA Towers project, the Melrose Arch precinct through the Melrose Oak Apartment Block project and the Fourways area through my active involvement in the Evergreen Broadacres Retirement Village project.

Working on The 102 Rivonia Road project definitely takes the cake. The complexity of the building and the tight construction schedule has really demanded great strength and support. Strength comes from within and support from the individuals you surround yourself with in the organisation. I’ve found that support is an integral part of the company’s values though their structured Quantity Survey (QS) Developmental Plan as well as monthly QS forum meetings.

Care, Respect, Integrity, Accountability and Commitment are values so embedded into the Murray & Roberts culture that they have been at the forefront of all my experiences in the Graduate Employment. As an individual, you are challenged to think differently with the view to change and improve construction in terms of how it’s managed. At the same time you get to enjoy great friendships with amazing graduates who come from diverse backgrounds. My journey with Murray & Roberts family has changed my views, eliminated all my previous fears and equipped me for an exciting future.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin


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