Graduate yearns for an internship

18 May 2021 | Youth

TUYEIMO HAIDULA

OSHAKATI

Diina Hamutenya is an unemployed graduate who is pleading with Namibian employers in the logistics sector to offer her an internship.

Hamutenya (27) grew up in the North and matriculated from Mweshipandeka High School at Ongwediva.

She was admitted to the Polytechnic of Namibia, now the University of Science and Technology, to pursue a degree in logistics and supply-chain management.

Upon graduation in 2016, she was confident she would secure a job, but that was not to be.

In 2017 she started a cleaning company with her sister, Sirka Ndilihole Hamutenya, who has since emigrated, leaving her in charge of the company.

Hopeful

Hamutenya now lives in Windhoek and has approached Namibian Sun in the hope of finding a position as an intern.

Hamutenya says she is a hard worker and a fast learner who is eager to learn and can start work any time.

“I have been reaching out to companies to get an internship opportunity but I have not been lucky enough to secure an opportunity to get exposure in my industry.

“As a young graduate, even though I still have hope for the future it is disappointing to be on the streets. Being home is draining and sometimes you even end up questioning God as to what is your purpose then,” she says.

Hamutenya says her cleaning company, DK Tenya Cleaning Services, offers house and office cleaning, before and after party cleaning, post-construction cleaning, unpacking and organising.

Making ends meet

She managed to get work as a receptionist at a medical practice in Windhoek in June 2018 while running DK Tenya Cleaning Services on the side, but due to the impact of Covid-19 she was retrenched in February this year.

Hamutenya says being self-employed has not been easy, especially since customers sometimes fail to pay on time.

“It has been a struggle. Ever since my retrenchment, some days I lose hope. I am therefore humbly pleading with Namibian employers and companies to offer me a chance,” she says.

DK Tenya Cleaning Services currently employs three people full time, including Hamutenya herself, and two part-time workers.

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