Mateus João Cardoso Botão

Sponsored by: Sasol

Studied: Mechatronic Engineering at Universidade Zambeze

Based at: Maputo

Quick Fire Questions

Your favorite film?
The way to eternity
Your preferred superpower
Your greatest fear:

My greatest fear, losing my mother

Finally – You have just won $1,000,000 – what is the first thing you buy?
At first it would give my mum the right to choose anything. And I have been thinking about some project, maybe this would be the chance to open my company. And so, it is if is still possible, build a shelter for children and the elderly.
Where in Mozambique did you grow up?
I was born and raised in the city of Beira, province of Sofala, with my parents and older brothers. I had 8 brothers and 2 sisters, of which 2 have sadly passed away. My father passed away in June last year and my siblings have now all left home so I take care of my mother now. My daily challenge is to make sure her smile is always there.
What are your best memories from childhood?
I remember that I was always very curious and very motivated to learn. My father was a technical engineer in construction and was also a carpenter. I went to many of his sites and didn’t mind sitting on a block all day watching a building being raised. It was a great satisfaction for me to see my father at work and leading a project.
What do you think are the biggest challenges facing industry in Mozambique today?

Lack of qualified personnel to respond to market demand, (not that there are not any competent people, but they are not updated with new ideas and skills). Newly graduated young people are receiving the latest technology which aims to increase the productivity of various industrial sectors. The problem is that we have not been very lucky to find space / time in the industries to update current employees knowledge.

How would your colleagues describe you?
Funny, friendly, motivating, but boring when it comes to solving a problem!, because I don’t leave it alone until finally I finish!

“It is a unique privilege to participate in the Field Ready Programme, as it gives me the opportunity and the right tools to be a qualified professional for the global and national industrial sector.”

How would you like your career to progress over the next 5 years?

I have many dreams, and one of them is to be an answer for my family and society in all levels. I am of the opinion that we can only give what we have. In the next 5 years, I would like to be learning with my job (engineering) and acquire professional and personal experiences and skills, which respond to the demands of such a society and then provide efficient solutions.

I have considered working abroad a lot, but I have decided that I would like to do my master’s degree in Mozambique. I would like to work offshore because I find it very interesting, especially because I love trips and appreciate nature. I am happy to work in large teams and would like to own my own company one day.

What or who is your biggest inspiration?

First of all, my father, as I learned from him the meaning of hard work and also care and hospitality. My father worked a lot but still had time to take care of other people.

Another inspiration of mine was my uncle, as he taught me the value of studying. He was 83 years when he died but he was still always studying. He was the first president of the Beira municipality. He was a polyglot, a priest, piloted an airplane, studied medicine, was a pharmacy technician and was also teacher. I know a lot of smart people but he was my genius.

What is your greatest achievement so far?
I discovered the purpose for which I decided to live my life, serve and be an answer to people. I am passionate about creating satisfaction in people. So having studied engineering and being approved to be part of Field Ready is a super achievement for me.
Why did you decide to study engineering? What do you enjoy about it?

I always wanted to be an engineer because I wanted to be like my father. So I conceived it in my heart and I never have left it.

How would you encourage young people in Mozambique to study engineering?
I have shown people that engineering is a very interesting world, in addition to practically everyone needing engineering skills, it can easily employ us as an industry. And the engineers earn good money too!