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Air Liquide in South Africa Neo Venessa Mokoena

DEVELOPING YOUNG TALENT - The Air Liquide Virtual Summer School - an ‘eye-opening experience’

"You can be anything you want to be" - These are my father's words which became my mantra and that changed my life in a positive way from a young age. They also had an enormous impact on my imagination, enabling it to run wild and also to envision the endless possibilities of what I could become when I grew up. To this day, I am still a visionary with a curious mind and I still believe in great possibilities.

During the course of my studies at the University of Johannesburg, I had a strong realisation that getting a job isn't enough, what is equally important is having a shared set of values with the organisation of employment. Air Liquide is a repository of the set of values I identify with. The Shosholoza Graduate Programme is a milestone of note for my professional life and it has increased in me the sense of looking forward to the future with great expectation.

My 2020 Summer School experience was the first of its kind for me. I gained valuable insights on Air Liquide and how it is evolving as the world evolves. The experience was thoroughly eye opening and encouraging as I had the opportunity to learn from some of the young and highly knowledgeable individuals that are leading Air Liquide in various sectors of the organisation. With the benefit of hindsight, as I reflect on the Summer School, I can safely say that Air Liquide is a multi-faceted, multi-cultural and also a highly dynamic organisation that strives for sustainability and continuous excellence.

By Neo Mokoena, Shosholoza Programme Graduate & Air Liquide Summer School Participant