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.
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.