Scientist Production (Grade B) in East London, Eastern Cape
I greatly enjoyed my work with no regrets, unfortunately the department greatly lacks social relaxing post work activities for its employees.
There is always work to do everyday, Especially if you can work without supervision, grounded and you are always goal orientated. Knowledge gained includes Freshwater aquatic science, integrated water resource management, Biomonitoring (Twice accredited SASS 5 Practitioner), River Hydraulics, State of Rivers Reporting, Multi stake holder engagements, Water Use License practitioner (Instream & Environment). I also had an opportunity to act as a Scientific Manager for nearly a year (doing forecast budgeting, running of Adopt a River Ministerial Projects, Staff management & mentoring, e.t.c). Work culture is typical government style, you can easily lose your direction if you are not grounded and goal orientated. Hardest part is like in any work place, people can be very threatened by someone who has clear command of his work, as such in addition to my work, I had to constantly practice and improve on my public relation skills all the time. Most enjoyable part of the job was to be constantly involve in problem solving in applied science or technically related fieldwork, working with a wide spectrum of stakeholders in government, private sector (Mining, Energy, Telecommunications, Agriculture, Academic institutions, Water Boards, research institutions and helping in awareness campaigns in the protection of our precious water resources and involve in skills transfer to the youth. It also goes without saying that my work involved extensive travelling and working abnormal hours which I also enjoyed. I can go on writing, unfortunately I have to pens down now.
Assistance Director: Institutional Oversight in Pretoria, Gauteng
Productive and work place
The daily work is administrative and interactive. you learn a lot about the water value chain management at all spheres of government. the hardest part of the job is the hierarchy within the organization that slows the processing and decision making. the enjoyable part if solving the problems of the public and witnessing the impact.
Senior Accounting Clerk in Pretoria, Gauteng
productive workplace,friendly staff members.
I've learned that in life you must stand up for what you believe is right and don't compromise yourself in the process of pleasing other people,just be yourself.