Fashion: Summer suiting
What made you change careers? I’ve always admired those who put their lives on the line to protect our communities. My interest in law enforcement grew after witnessing police officers defuse a potentially deadly crime scenario.
What does this new career offer that your previous one didn’t? Personal fulfilment and the ability to remain calm in challenging and dangerous situations. It’s also taught me assertiveness, resilience and how to mediate. For the first time, I’ve invested in my own personal growth and human potential. I sleep better at night because I’m doing what I love and the community’s benefiting from it as well.
How did your family feel about your career change? They were very sceptical at first and concerned about the stress and possibility of my getting injured. However, they’re now very supportive because they understand my passion for this work.
What advice can you offer those wanting to enter the field of law enforcement? Be aware that there’s a very competitive pool of applicants. You also need to be realistic about what the job involves and your reasons for wanting to do it. It’s not all glamorous, action-packed or larger than life.
How did your previous work experience help you in this new career? It gave me communication skills, integrity, empathy and insight, which are all required in this line of work.
What does success mean to you? Achieving my objectives.
What was the best book you ever read? The
Art of Deception by Nicholas Capaldi and Miles Smit [Prometheus].
Nompumelelo wears a blouse, R799, Forever New. Pants, R429, H&M. Shoes, R1 499, Steve Madden