A quick survey of the CEOs of South Africa’s top telecommunications operators over the last few years revealed that most of them studied engineering.
In the business world a degree is no guarantee of success, or even a job. However, it does not hurt to have a tertiary qualification to back up experience and hard work.
According to a survey of 17 telecoms CEOs from Vodacom, MTN, Cell C, Telkom, Neotel, and iBurst, the following trends emerged:
- 11 CEOs are qualified engineers
- 9 did an MBA or similar post-graduate qualification
The following table provides an overview of the qualifications of recent telecoms CEOs in South Africa.
|Field of study||Number of CEOs (out of 17)|
|Engineering (B.Sc. Eng)||11|
|Commerce (B.Com, CA)||3|
|Postgraduate business degree|
|MBA or MBL||9|
The following infographic shows the qualifications of past and present telecommunication heads. It should be noted that different engineering degrees were all listed as B.Sc. Engineering for simplicity.
Source : mybroadband