- Charles Tshwane? - Reality TV Star & Social Entrepreneur
Charles Tshwane? - Reality TV Star & Social Entrepreneur
Who is Charles Tshwane?
Our friend, Charles Tshwane has recently become one of the 20 finalists in the "Hard Sell" Western Cape Reality TV Competition. Each week we will keep up to date with his progress. Let's hope Charles goes all the way and becomes the winner, we all know he is!
- CLICK HERE to read about the reality tv competition.
We interviewed Charles and this is what he shared with us.
Who is Charles Tshwane? Please describe yourself.
I am a social entrepreneur, change maker, solution oriented visionary, inspired, highly motivated and a dynamic South African.
I measure success by the difference I make in other people’s lives. I am an extremely confident person - full of energy. I am a big dreamer. I always put in a determined and consistent effort in everything I do.
Where do you work?
I am currently doing marketing, sales and research for a non profit organization called DreamWorker. We assist unemployed people find jobs in the Western Cape.
I also founded a youth NGO in Limpopo Province called Zebediela gae ga Mahlako. We host advanced annual career exhibitions. We have a bursary fund whereby the top learner in Limpopo is awarded a bursary to pursue tertiary studies. We have a mentorship programme and on our website we post over 60 different types of opportunities for young people.
What position do you hold?
Marketer / Sales / Research
What qualifications do you need for your job?
National Diploma or Degree in Marketing or Business Management (HR qualification will also do)
Where did you study?
I studied Social Entrepreneurship at the Raymond Ackerman's Academy based at UCT Graduate School of Business. I also started studying towards a BTech in Public Relations Management at Unisa, which I have not completed.
Describe a typical day at work?
I interview employment seekers, source the internet for jobs, cold call potential employers, send and reply constantly to emails, liaise with the entire departments in the office, and compile weekly and monthly marketing reports. I am also involved in brand-building through exhibiting and attend meetings for networking purposes.
What motivates you?
I am driven and motivated by making a positive change in other people’s lives. The company I work for - inspires, builds up and encourages employment seekers before successfully placing them in work. It's a fulfilling environment to be in. When I see other people excel in life, despite the adversity and socio-economic challenges, that inspires me too - seeing others triumphing against all odds.
Who is your role model and why?
I have lot of role models.
In business I am inspired by Luvuyo Rani (The founder of Silulo Technologies) - his rise to the top is incredible. I can identify with his upbringing. He succeeded against everything but most importantly he started small and grew very big over a long period of time.
I believe in gradual rather than instant.
I am also grateful to Raymond Ackerman - a billionaire, who through his business academy, is sharing his business philosophy and secrets with up-and-coming young entrepreneurs.
Growing up in Zebediela - we were we taught good manners, the value of humility, honest and integrity. I am grateful to the elders in the communities that have ploughed an everlasting interest in my characteristics.
What motto do you live by?
“Leave others better than you found them.” - Robin Sharma
“It took me five years to be able to do that in 5 minutes.” – Picasso (I believe in honing one skill over a long period of time)
In 10 years time, where will you be and what will you be doing?
My dream is to be hugely successful in business, academically and have massive social impact in society.
I have lot of business ideas that I want to implement and I want to create at least 2000 jobs.
In ten years I will be a serial, social entrepreneur with 65 % of my business in rural areas.
I have academic ambitions. I want to acquire a PhD in Economics. I also want to fund tertiary education for at least 150 previously disadvantaged students.
What piece of important advice can you give our job hunting youth?
- Keep the basics right.
- Be professional when you send emails (spelling and grammar)
- Your CV should be as precise as possible
- Avoid mistakes and keep it simple
- Always be on time for interviews
- Keep your social media pages such as Facebook and Twitter professional
- Approach companies and seek volunteering opportunities whilst still looking for jobs
- Use search engines such as Google
- Do research about interview tips, etc - www.careerplanet.co.za
- Research company backgrounds before applying / going to interviews
- Make use of the library, the internet is for free!
- Read daily newspapers
- Attend workshops