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Engineering graduate lands job interviews after standing at robots to find work

A jobless chemical engineering graduate has received positive responses after standing on a busy intersection in Rosebank, Gauteng looking for work.

A photo of the young graduate was shared on social media, and she has received several calls from prospective employers as a result.

I'm hopeful that by sometime next week, I'll be saying that I am working somewhere.

Anthea Malwandle, VUT graduate

When Anthea Malwandle completed her BTech degree at the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in 2015, she never anticipated that her job-seeking journey would be so arduous.

Since April last year, she has been hunting for graduate and internship programmes to no avail.

I didn't get any positive response then. Then I started calling companies to ask for interviews with their HR department, but I was unsuccessful in most cases.

Anthea Malwandle, VUT graduate

Anthea took to the streets after calling many companies and visiting their offices to try schedule interview appointments.

After that I said these methods aren't working, let me just write my board and wait in the busy robots... and I'll get something.

Anthea Malwandle, VUT graduate

Her tale has moved many people and the determined woman says that she would love to work for petrochemical companies in the production of energy fuels.

She shared her story after presenter Koketso Sachane made a chance call to have her speak on air.

Then, touched by her struggle, a Sasol employee called in to the Early Breakfast Show to request a meeting with her.

Listen to the full conversation from Early Breakfast with Koketso Sachane:

NOTE: A previous version of this article referred to the graduate only as Malwandle. Her full name is Anthea Malwandle.

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