Arnot Opco supports young graduates to gain valuable work experience

Kearn

Kearn Morris is a BCom graduate who is benefitting from Arnot OpCo’s Professionals-in-Training programme. Young professionals trying to enter the job market are always confronted with questions on work experience. Arnot OpCo is committed to filling this gap by providing graduates with real work experience. Free State-born Kearn Morris is one of seven young professionals hoping to grow his finance career at Arnot OpCo. This is his story…

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am originally from a town in the Free State, called Heilbron. I am currently situated in Rietkuil, Mpumalanga. I have studied BCom Economics and Econometrics with Business Management as an elective at the University of Johannesburg.

What’s your position at Arnot OpCo and how long have you been with the company?

I’ve been working for Arnot OpCo for three months and I am one of seven “Professionals in Training”. I have been placed in Supply Chain Management and the Finance Department.

What does a typical day in your job position entail?

I don’t think there is a “typical day”, as there aren’t specific tasks that we as P.I.T’s/graduates do daily. The tasks and projects that we are assigned to may vary from day to day. So far, I have been assigned to but not limited, business process mapping, assisting in establishing the governance framework for Supply Chain and assisting in drafting cost centre structures. I have also been involved in the Shared Services department.

What skills does someone who wants to do the same job as you need?

You must be able to adapt quickly and be more of a generalist. The core skills I would say are necessary are teamwork, organising and efficiency, problem solving, reporting, business ethics skills and technical understanding.

What’s the most interesting thing about your job?

Every day is an opportunity to learn. As a “P.I.T” I do get exposed to a number of functions. I would say that the most interesting part about my job is being part of the start-up phase of the mine.

Lastly, what are your hopes for your career at Arnot?

I believe that there will be many opportunities in the future, especially once commissioning starts. My hopes for my career at Arnot OpCo are to continue being a value-adding employee and hopefully work myself up to a managerial position within a couple of years.

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