How to love your job By nine South African women who do

How to live your best work life, by the women who al­ready do.

Glamour (South Africa) - - La Une -

Ali­son Ten­nent Prin­ci­pal and owner of Ali­son’s Play­cen­tre “Build a ca­reer around your life, not the other way around.”

Af­ter 25 years of teach­ing, I’ve found that the best way to love your job is to build a ca­reer around your life, not the other way around. When I be­gan work­ing, my daugh­ters were two and four and I wanted to be there for them in the af­ter­noons and hol­i­days. That, com­bined with a need for a lo­cal playschool, prompted me to start Ali­son’s Play­cen­tre, so I could be my own boss and take care of my girls at the same time. Pas­sion is also es­sen­tial. I’ve al­ways loved work­ing with young chil­dren; they keep me on my toes and I’m never bored!

Make a ca­reer in a field that you’re pas­sion­ate about, but re­mem­ber to al­ways put your life and fam­ily be­fore your job.

Mar­cia Tshe­ole Marine pi­lot “Don’t let your short­com­ings discourage you.”

Most peo­ple can’t imag­ine a small per­son like me (I’m only 1.54m tall!) hav­ing a ca­reer as a marine pi­lot, which in­volves nav­i­gat­ing large ves­sels in and out of har­bour. As a woman in a male-dom­i­nated in­dus­try, I con­stantly have to prove my worth. But do you know what? I find work­ing twice as hard as the guys re­ally ful­fill­ing. What I love about my job is the fact that it has noth­ing to do with race, gen­der or size – it’s all about com­pe­tence and how well you per­form at work.

Re­mem­ber, it’s not about prov­ing that a woman can do the same job as a man; it’s about how well and ef­fi­ciently a woman can do it. It may sound a bit cliché, but the pos­si­bil­i­ties for women are lim­it­less.

Zinhle Jakob Front of­fice re­cep­tion­ist at The Pres­i­dent Ho­tel “There’s no prob­lem that can’t be solved.”

A job in hos­pi­tal­ity wasn’t some­thing I en­vis­aged for my­self, but af­ter high school, I needed to cover my univer­sity fees and a fam­ily friend who owned a guest house of­fered me a po­si­tion as her as­sis­tant. I was so in­spired by the dif­fer­ent peo­ple and cul­tures I en­coun­tered on a daily ba­sis that I de­cided to get a qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the field. I love be­ing able to make the day bet­ter for our guests.

Be kind and stay calm. How you made some­one feel will last longer than what you said.

Kubenokuthula Ndlovu Risk man­age­ment spe­cial­ist

“Be­come an in­te­gral part of the team.”

My ca­reer be­gan in ac­count­ing be­fore find­ing the right fit as a risk man­ager, where I help com­pa­nies meet their ob­jec­tives with min­i­mal losses. My peo­ple skills and abil­ity to lead and work with a team were the keys to my pro­fes­sional growth. I love the fact that my job isn’t re­stric­tive and that it en­cour­ages me to learn about dif­fer­ent sec­tors within ev­ery or­gan­i­sa­tion I work with.

Get to know the rules and reg­u­la­tions of ev­ery depart­ment or sec­tor you work with.

You know the rou­tine: wake up at the crack of dawn, get ready for work with your eyes half open, man­age a bite of burnt toast be­fore dash­ing out the door and head­ing straight into rush-hour traf­fic. Would you rather go through all of this for a job you hate or for one you look for­ward to get­ting out of bed for? We thought so! Nine women share their love for their daily grind and tips on how you can fol­low suit.

An­nal­ize Sains­bury Head chef and owner of Es­coffier Cater­ing “Trends change all the time – change with them.”

There’s never a dull mo­ment in my in­dus­try. Food trends change all the time, and I have to change with them. I have the plea­sure of go­ing on a foodie trip once a year to get in­spired and keep mo­ti­vated. When I get to an event that I’m cater­ing, there’s al­ways a buzz in the air. The best part is when I’ve poured my heart and soul into some­thing and the client adores it – that’s what makes all of the long hours so worth­while.

Keep abreast of new de­vel­op­ments that could af­fect your in­dus­try.

Jodi-lee Ash­ton Stylist “You can thrive in an en­vi­ron­ment that en­cour­ages in­di­vid­u­al­ity.”

As a stylist, my job is con­stantly chang­ing as the fash­ion in­dus­try evolves, and hav­ing the priv­i­lege of work­ing with peo­ple from around the world has al­lowed me to learn about dif­fer­ent cul­tures as well as my own in­dus­try. I love how fash­ion en­cour­ages in­di­vid­u­al­ity and lets me be true to my self. I’ve learnt how to adapt, stay open­minded and main­tain a pos­i­tive at­ti­tude – it re­ally is the foun­da­tion of my suc­cess thus far.

Em­brace and de­light in the chal­lenges and ad­ven­tures that each day brings.

Leanne Manas News an­chor “As a news an­chor, lov­ing your job has to be top of the list of re­quire­ments.”

My job is ex­cep­tion­ally stress­ful. Dur­ing live TV, some­thing al­ways goes wrong and it’s up to me to pull it to­gether. If the viewer doesn’t have faith and trust in me, then I’ve failed. The tough­est part, though, is to re­main neu­tral at all times. News is emo­tive and ev­ery­one has an opin­ion. It can be harsh at times, but I love what I do, which means I can work around the chal­lenges that I face.

Which­ever job you choose, be in an in­dus­try you adore, one where you un­der­stand your per­sonal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

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