In the 6th episode of Diving into Water and Sanitation Careers, host Josh Newton speaks with Nsuku Nxumalo, the Strategic Water Sector Cooperation Officer at the Embassy of Denmark in South Africa, and a member of the World Youth Parliament for Water.
Nsuku generously shares the keys to her many successes with listeners in this episode. For example, she takes us through what she learned and the obstacles she had to overcome (such as doubt from others) while applying for funding to study abroad at the University of Oxford; lessons that both aspiring students and professionals at any career stage will want to take note of. Nsuku also chronicles how she found out about her current job, and shares reflections about how the particular attention she paid to her application materials and her early connections with her future colleagues helped to secure her success in landing the role.
Nsuku is passionate about water, and more specifically, the development of sustainable water strategy and policy and the improvement of water cooperation at local through to international levels. It also becomes clear in this interview that Nsuku values the role that mentorship can play in career development, as she shares with listeners some of the many gifts that her own mentors have passed along to her.
Before obtaining her Master’s degree in Water Science, Policy, and Management, Nsuku earned an Honors degree in Hydrogeology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa. She used this expertise as an Environmental Officer in the coal mining industry, working to manage environmental risks related to water, land, air quality, waste and legal compliance. Her journey into working in water policy and cooperation offered important lessons, which Nsuku shares with listeners, including her advice to ask questions freely and to engage in both learning and un-learning throughout one’s career. There is so much more to hear – listen to Nsuku’s story on episode 6.
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