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"I Discovered My Authentic Self" Joan Matu

Updated: Feb 23, 2022

“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeing new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

This is a quote I chose by Marcel Proust because I think it would best describe my experience at Yusudi. I am a recent graduate of the Bachelors of Commerce majored in Finance and to be honest I did not know what I was going to do afterward. Obviously, I knew I had to look for a source of income but what got me more scared was that I did not know how I am going to convince these companies to select me out of all the other more qualified applicants.

I was introduced to Yusudi by a friend. He is called Kitaka and currently works with Yusudi under Business development. He told me about it and I was immediately sold because Yusudi was going to provide me with an insight of the workplace. I found this necessary because I felt like I was thrown into the deep end after University and Yusudi were providing me with the floaters.

So I joined the training in early March 2018 and the very first thing that I noticed was how the trainers were so open and welcoming. It was from that open atmosphere that I really enjoyed the sessions that focused on being more self-aware, especially our weaknesses.

Yusudi provided a safe space for me to recognize some of my weaknesses and room for me to change them into strengths.

Aside from that, I really enjoyed the group tasks that we were given. I got to form strong bonds with my teammates and recognize the kind of role I play in such group settings. Moreover, I benefited from the mock interviews that were carried out by the trainers. Interviews used to seem like the worst nightmares but now I am so confident that I have actually gone through two real-life interviews.

I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who wishes to get a strong foundation in planning their careers along with their strengths and skills. If they also wish to discover more about themselves then Yusudi is the place to be. That is what Yusudi has been for me. An eye-opener. I really thought that my career would lie in the financial world but Yusudi has helped me discover that my strengths are quite compatible with being a Business developer. It does not mean that I will completely forget my financial knowledge but that it puts me in a very advantageous position in my career journey.  I encourage anyone who wishes to enroll themselves in the program to have an open mindset and be willing to learn.

Finding your passion isn’t just about careers and money. It’s about finding your authentic self. The one you’ve buried beneath other people’s needs.Kristin Hannah.

By Joan Matu.

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