Law Student Wins GradStar Award

Mr Tyreece Iyer
Mr Tyreece Iyer receiving his Gradstar Award.

Bachelor of Laws student, Mr Tyreece Iyer, was named amongst the Top 100 Most Employable University Students Across South Africa at an awards ceremony in Johannesburg.

GradStar is a mentorship programme that annually recognises top students who display leadership qualities and readiness for the workplace. Iyer underwent a rigorous judging process before being selected over thousands of hopefuls around the country.

The programme acknowledges the top 100 university students and top 10 finest graduates nationwide. Students and graduates are assessed based on their leadership qualities and preparedness for the professional arena. The selection process involves a rigorous four-phase judging process, culminating in a series of workshops facilitated by potential employers. The top 100 students are then paired with successful business mentors, providing them with guidance and networking opportunities.

‘It is an honour not only to be part of the Top 100, but to represent my university of choice, UKZN. The Gradstar awards was a great achievement for me as I had the privilege to acquire an extensive amount of knowledge from like-minded individuals. I got the chance to meet the CEO of the Gautrain Management Agency, Mr Tshepo Kgobe; global award-winning Senior Civil Engineer and Project Manager, Ms Innocentia Mahlangu; Siv Ngesi; as well as many other accomplished professionals.

‘I have benefitted a lot from the programme as it has shown me how competitive the world of work is. Being in direct communication with some of South Africa’s top companies such as ABSA, DHL, Webber Wentzel, and Bowmans fed my passion to continue growing as a professional. I also had the pleasure of being featured in the Mail & Guardian for this achievement which was quite exciting,’ he said.

The application process requires downloading the GradStar app and following through the steps. For more information on GradStar, visit:

Words: Lungile Ngubelanga

Photograph: Supplied

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