BSc Computer Science University of KwaZulu-Natal
Chief Information Officer for Sanlam Risk
Sifiso Msibi was awarded a Sanlam bursary two years into completing his computer science degree at the Howard College campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. In return, he had to work at the company for two years, which he was happy about because it guaranteed him a job once he graduated.
As a young graduate working outside Kwazulu-Natal, with no corporate experience he experienced a complete culture shock at first. Fortunately the induction at Sanlam was geared towards welcoming graduates and establishing a good social network which helped him to settle in.
The first two years of his career were very formative as he also became aware of the many fields he could go move into. Mbisi says his career at Sanlam has progressed at exactly the right pace and he has been exposed to almost all the IT building blocks. Once he had done all the technical work, he says he could switch to management because he was ready to manage people doing what he used to do. He describes his journey at Sanlam as a lot of fun with challenges and opportunities where personal growth of employees is the main focus.