Razia Adam

Razia Adam

MQA Bursary Graduate: Principal Specialist at Sasol Mining

My name is Razia Adam and my lifelong interest in geology and the natural world really commenced in 2002 during my final year of secondary school at Bechet High School where I had a great teacher of science. My journey then started when I pursued a Geology career at the University of the Free State. The day when my Professor shared information with us in a lecture about the MQA bursary application process, for me that was a confirmation of my faith. My whole life changed when I was successful and granted the MQA bursary, through Career Wise for my BSc (Hons) Geology degree. The bursary funded me until 4th year (Honours) and it didn’t just pay for my tuition fees, textbooks allowances, housing allowance and food allowance, they also made sure they pay for my vacation exposure with Harmony Gold Mine and Anglo American Thermal Coal.

Career Wise played a pivotal role during my formative years at the University of the Free State: their team ensured that I could register at university every year without payment. The meal, book, and accommodation allowances were always paid on time which allowed me to focus on my degree, and tuition payments were never late. Career Wise would always send a rep to visit me at my university twice a year to track my progress and help any academic issues I had, and they availed themselves via phone & e-mail at my convenience.