By Khomotso Skosana
Jameelah Dolley is a 26-year-old student engineering graduate and currently studying advanced diploma in TVET. Jameelah is a founder of Dolley Karate Club in Kariega and content creator for YOU/ME poetry. Get to know more about Jameelah.
Q: Tell us about yourself and what are you studying?
A: My name is Jameelah Dolley, I’m a 26-year-old engineering graduate and currently doing my Advanced Diploma in TVET and I have also applied for BED Honours Mathematics in 2022 at NMU. I am currently working part-time for NMU in the SEED Mentorship programme. I have competed in both national and international competitions where I have represented South Africa. I have a 3rd Dan black belt in Shotokan karate, that’s how I qualified to open my club as an international instructor.
Q: What motivates you?
A: The biggest motivation in my life is my family undoubtedly, to give my parents back all the opportunities they have given me. I am also a huge advocate for my own mental health, my happiness is vital, and I try to constantly motivate myself to do what makes me happy and in that I have found my passion in life.
Q: Being a student and an entrepreneur at the same time can be a bit challenging, how do spread your time evenly between the two?
A: The most important part about being a student entrepreneur is scheduling, daily, weekly, and monthly calendar planners are very important. I ensure that the times of my business do not coincide with the days I have tests, exams, or assignment due dates. Once the weekday ends, I look back at my business and my studies and reflect on whether the time allocation was effective or if I was neglectful and if so, the planner is readjusted.
Q: Who would you say inspires you?
A: I am a God loving person, I am always inspired by the teachings of my religion. Although I am human, so I am inspired by my parents most, they have always created an environment where education is equally as important as stability. They encouraged me to become an entrepreneur so that if future prospects take longer to reach me then I have an income to rely on.
Q: What advice would give young females trying to embark on the same entrepreneurial journey?
A: The most difficult step is taking the step. We as women are the future of our nations and we hold the potential to create entrepreneurial ventures that can not only make us successful but create environments and companies that represent a gender freed nation for future generations to not be afraid of male domination in the business world. The most important thing to remember is that no one will believe in your dream or idea until you believe in them wholeheartedly. It starts within you.