Musoni Ruvimbo Shalom is a Media Works Access (FLC) facilitator in Sasolburg in the Free State. Since joining Media Works in March 2013 Musoni has had the opportunity to work with a variety of clients including SAAF Gymnasium Hoedspruit, Bronks Mine, Midas Pretoria and is currently based at Metsimaholo Municipality.

We asked her about her role and journey as a facilitator, this was her response.

  1. Why did you decide to become a Media Works Facilitator? 

It was never a conscious choice but when I stumbled onto the opportunity to become a facilitator with Media Works I realised that it was something that I really enjoyed, I have the opportunity to make a difference each and every working day.

  1. Tell us more about an average working day as a Facilitator – what do you do every day?

My average day starts very early in the morning with me going through the lessons for the day, revising what material will be covered with scenarios or examples. That process ensures I am then able to deliver on my goals each day.

As I facilitate I look out for sticky points where the learners need further explanations. I try to set my exercises and revision questions based on those problem areas.

After class I start thinking about the next day and plan lessons and scenarios I need to cover – it is these lessons that I will go through the next morning before setting out for the day.

  1. What is the hardest or most frustrating part of your job?

The hardest part of my job is that my performance indicators are not entirely dependent on my personal effort. It depends in part on the willingness of the learners and their input too.

  1. Is there a specific learner that has made an impact in your life? Tell us more

I once had a learner called Freddy from SANDF Pretoria. When I first met him he was in his mid-fifties and could not read and write properly. He was, however, determined to change his circumstances and worked consistently until he could read and write properly, ensuring that he passed his final exams (FLC). I have often thought about how much more other learners could achieve if they applied themselves as he did.

  1. Please tell us more about your working career – what was your first job? 

My first job was in a bank as a department secretary. Within three months of joining the bank I wrote and passed a series of exams that saw me being promoted to Transactions Controller.

  1. What are your top 3 study tips for learners?
    1. There is no way you will know something until you go all out for it, the answer is somewhere in a book
    2. Keep going over a concept until I get it
    3. Fall in love with what you don’t know, that way you will be able to pursue it
  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, is there anything else you would like say?

It has been the opportunity of a lifetime to be a team member of this life-changing organisation. Thank you to Media Works, the experience has been priceless.