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Interview with Masilonyane Letebele

"Working under extreme pressure and meeting goals and targets at all costs have made me what I am today"

Masilonyane Letebele
IT Manager
Weownomy Platform Corporation
Lesotho

Master in Data Science Batch 2021

Please tell us about yourself, your family and your interests.

I am a young Mosotho man born in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and married to a beautiful woman. I grew up in a family where there was not a single graduate until my brother graduated from the National University of Lesotho. His achievements inspired me to pursue my childhood dream of holding the highest qualification possible and living without limitations. I also graduated from the same university in 2016 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer System and Networks. After graduation, I worked for a local IT company called Computer Business Solutions, first as a web applications developer and later promoted to software engineer.

I managed several databases for different ministries of the Government of Lesotho and I developed the desire to be a data scientist. I acquired many international certificates from Microsoft and now I am a Microsoft Certified Professional. 

What drew you to the program you are studying at Athena? Is it living up to your expectations?

I worked with large databases and created some complex reports and I realized that I needed to develop my skill further in data management. I, therefore, started looking for universities where I could study for a Master’s in Data Sciences and came across UniAthena. I am still new and therefore cannot comment on whether the course is living up to my expectations.

What would you like to do after completing this course from Athena?

The data science industry is growing, and more companies have started realizing the importance of managing and analyzing data. Hence I want to pursue a career in data science.

What do you think makes a great teacher?

The best teacher, according to me, is somebody who knows and understands his/her students, somebody who knows their strengths and weaknesses and helps them all reach their goals.

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is to be a Data Manager.

What is the most courageous thing you have ever done?

The most courageous thing I have ever done was setting myself a goal to complete the school syllabus by mid-year of study and I achieved that in Maths while at high school for two years.

What is your best childhood memory?

My best childhood memory was my first visit to the zoo.

What is your idea of a perfect vacation?

The perfect vacation for me would be visiting an island with the love of my life and spending some romantic moments.

Which fictional character (character from a film, book, TV series, play) would you like to be friends with?

The characters which Jason Statham enacts.

Mention one important lesson you have learned in life that made you what you are today.

Working under extreme pressure and meeting goals and targets at all costs have made me what I am today.

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