Bethuel Regomoditswe believes if anything is worth doing, it’s worth doing well – ‘with heart and soul’.
Bethuel Regomoditswe is not one to take the easy road to success. Having finished his undergraduate degree, he went straight into the workplace and a fulltime job… while completing actuarial studies part-time.
“There are 13 exams to write in total, before qualifying as an actuary – and I have seven more to go,” explains Bethuel.
Although this is certainly a more arduous and demanding route, he chose to do this for personal reasons. “Even though my ego wanted to stay on at university and complete my honours, I have responsibilities at home that I need to take care of. I am supporting my mother, who is unemployed, and my younger brother who, is still at school,” he says.
Bethuel was born and raised in Jericho, a rural village in the North West Province. He has always had a “deep passion” for mathematics, he says, and graduated from the University of the Free State in 2016 with a BSc Actuarial Science. He is now on the Sanlam Graduate Programme and working as an actuarial specialist for Sanlam Investments.
Bethuel believes he made the right choice. “I am enjoying being the provider for my family,” he says, adding that he loves the stimulation of the environment. “I’m meeting and engaging with so many other professionals. I enjoy discovering their different mind-sets, and how they approach things, and the resulting exchange of ideas,” he says.
His job rests on three pillars: calculation, dealing with people, and dealing with clients. “I’m enjoying working with the clients the most. I’m naturally a people person,” he adds.
A long-term strategy
Bethuel’s short-term goals include buying his mother a house and qualifying as an actuary in the next two years. But keeping his sights set on his long-term goal is what fills him with passion and purpose. “I intend to start my own school focusing on maths and science. That is where my true passion lies,” he says.
He is passionate about education and teaching people. As a student at Thuto-Pele High School Bethuel was a member of the Peer Education and Mentorship Programme (PEMP), started by a group of his fellow schoolmates. He is now part of the team that runs the programme, providing mentorship to high school students wanting to enter university.
Bethuel was raised by his single mother. Life was challenging for his family but he says when negative memories surface, they make him stronger and motivate him to work harder. “But I have many positive memories too. And they light up my world,” he says.
He is protective of his family and says his mother is his strongest source of inspiration. “My mom has endured so much and still managed to give us love and care. She had an office job, she worked on a farm, she worked as a waitress, she worked as a cleaner, she has been unemployed – and yet she always managed and took care of us,” he says.
“Whenever I feel that things are going badly for me, or I’ve messed up, I think of my mom. I think about how she managed. I tell myself that if she made it through then so can I,” he adds.
Bethuel is grateful to his high school maths teacher Mrs Mosito, who was like a second mother to him and helped him to deal with the daily stresses of life. “She was very real with me and very open. She gave me so much encouragement and love, and a firm foundation from which to grow,” he says.
Bethuel has made fitness and going to the gym part of his daily routine. “Taking care of myself, exercising and keeping fit helps me to beat stress,” he says. He also loves reading and taking time out to “escape to another world”, favouring authors from the spiritual genre.
Bethuel says being a part of the Moshal program was a “huge growth path and a learning curve” for him. The extensive support training and short courses offered to the Moshal students, such as communication skills, presentational skills and time management training, benefited him greatly, both at university and in the workplace.
His advice to current Moshal students is to “realise it’s not just about the grades. Of course you want to do the best that you can possibly do, but there is so much more on offer than just what you are studying in your field.”
“The induction weekends and the annual events offer fantastic opportunities for training and soft skill development, which are as important as getting good grades. Once you get into the workplace, as much as the technical side is important, EQ becomes equally important. It’s not only about the IQ,” he says, adding: “It is so inspiring and motivating to see your fellow students excelling. I also enjoyed learning from the guest speakers and presenters who are all successful and influential in their fields.”
Bethuel says that his personal motto is “to do things wholeheartedly”. “Whatever you are doing, do it to the utmost of your abilities. Do it with all your might, all your heart and all your soul. Give it your all.”