Three Days of Diplomacy

Ayanda Ngobeni receiving a certificate of completion from Public Affairs Officer John Warner with Public Affairs Staff.
Ayanda Ngobeni receiving a certificate of completion from Public Affairs Officer John Warner with Public Affairs Staff.

As part of a Life Orientation school project, Ayanda Ngobeni, a Grade 11 student at Redhill School, spent three days recently in a Job Shadow with Assistant Public Affairs Officer Jared Yancey. This ambitious young lady is seriously considering diplomacy as a future career. Since job shadowing provides a firsthand experience on what a specific occupation/profession entails, this was a unique opportunity for Ayanda to gain important insight on whether or not she would like to pursue diplomacy as a career.

On August 6, 7, and 25, Ayanda had one on one meetings with all the different departments within the U.S. Consulate General in Johannesburg, including a meeting with Consul General Earl Miller, which she describes as being one of her highlights. “My meeting with Mr. Earl Miller was more than I could have asked for. After Mr. Miller gave me his perspective on what it takes to become a diplomat, there was no doubt in my mind that I was meant to become a Diplomat.” Ayanda also shared her appreciation for the time that Jared Yancey and the other staff at the U.S. Consulate General spent with her, “making me a priority in their busy schedules.”

Ayanda actually had hands-on involvement in writing an article for the U.S. Consulate General website, she participated in discussions regarding the Youth Leadership Program, Young African Leaders Initiative, and AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act), and she attended one of the weekly Youth Club meetings at the Rosa Parks Library in Soweto. Ayanda intends to study Law in International Relations and to potentially do her Master’s degree in the United States, followed by training in diplomacy for 3 years. With her priorities set in order, Ayanda is clearly destined to do great things.