Hi, my name is Jade Rickerts. I’m 27 year old, currently working at Sefalana Cash & Carry (Namibia) (Pty) Ltd as a business analyst. I started working at Sefalana on the 1st of July 2014, starting out as a creditors clerk and worked my way up the corporate ladder from creditors clerk, to creditors supervisor, to creditors manager and finally to business analyst in about two and a half years.
In high school I was very good with numbers, obtaining distinctions in both Mathematics Higher Level and Accounting Higher Level. I still wasn’t sure what career to head into at that stage of my life (I wanted to do something in IT though), so I did what most students my age was going for, chartered accounting. After a couple of months studying accounting at the University of Johannesburg in 2009, I realized that accounting was not for me, but I couldn’t just quit because I had a bursary from one of the top 4 audit firms in Namibia.
At the men’s residence I stayed in, I was known as the resident IT Guy because students from my residence as well as other residents would come to me for help with their computer problems. I was on the network team and help setup our wired local area network.
In 2013, due to personal reasons I cannot share here, I moved back to Namibia. I was in my final year of studies but had difficulty transferring my credits to a university in Windhoek due to financial reasons. I decided to start from scratch, took an aptitude test and discovered my true passion, which was computer software development. The test wasn’t that specific, there were other options I can’t quite recall right now, but software development stood out for me because it meant I could with computers everyday.
I designed a couple of websites in the past as well. Two websites that I created for a friend called Barefoot Online Store and Globuild Investment.
In the near future I see myself developing apps, for mobile (iOS & Android) and PC. I see myself setting up and running websites. One day I’d like to host websites myself. I like working with databases and figuring out ways to set up a database to get all the information efficiently. I like learning new programming languages. My favourite one is C#.