Identifying and building a career

31 August 2018 | People

is one of the holders of a certificate from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA).

Born and bred in Ongwediva, Tshikesho attended high school in Tsumeb at Otjikoto Senior Secondary School.

He matriculated in 2011 and furthered his studies at the then Polytechnic of Namibia. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in business computing in April of 2015 and an honours degree in business informatics in April 2017 at Nust.

He started his career at Silnam IT Solutions in 2015 as a software/business intelligence intern, and that’s when he was informed about IT auditing.

He considers himself lucky because at that time a vacancy opened up at Deloitte.

“I started at Deloitte in January 2016 as a junior IT audit consultant and I am currently a senior IT audit consultant,” he said.

He is inspired by family, friends and colleagues and says these are the people who drive him to be more ambitious.

“Coming from a less privileged background motivates you to work hard to try and get ahead in life; and for me, finding a career and building myself around it was the solution.”

Asked how he felt when he finally held that certificate in his hand, Tshikesho said: “It’s definitely one of the best feelings I have ever experienced. I was and still am excited, as it is the start of a whole new chapter in my life and career. It feels great having achieved this milestone. The road to Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) status had its bumps, but it was all worth it.”

Tshikesho’s short-term goals include moving up another notch in his CISA career and to try and get into the cybersecurity audit space.

“The organisation that offers CISA has a few other certifications and I am considering them, so another challenge wouldn’t hurt. My goal in the company is to keep growing at Deloitte. I don’t see myself leaving this company soon,” he said.

Tshikesho enjoys playing soccer and watching it. He is a self-proclaimed soccer fanatic. Other fractions of his free time is devoted to photography. He is always thinking about new endeavours to embark on.

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