- Tell us about yourself?
I was born and raised in the beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal and moved to Johannesburg when I was 17 years old. I was always driven by my family values and challenged myself to be the best in whatever I set my mind to. My Dad always told me that I had the gift of the gab.
- How you begin your career in insurance?
I began my journey in the insurance industry as a Direct Sales Internal Marketer and soon moved into many different roles around sales and customer service.
I have worked for 3 of the biggest insurers in South Africa, in this time I gained a lot of knowledge and experience dealing with diverse types of people.
- Highlight some of your most important achievements thus far?
I have achieved a lot in the 11 years in the industry; the knowledge of how a business works and how to be emotionally intelligent would be my biggest achievement. I was just a young lady when I started, a lot of my growth came from making mistakes and learning from my peers and surroundings.
- What was the biggest challenge of your career and how did you overcome it?
This would definitely be finding a role and mentor in the industry. I was lucky enough to meet a special team of people that saw my worth and decided to invest in me. I decided that I have waited so long for this that I would not let anything stand in my way of proving to them and myself that I was worthy.
- What roadblocks are you currently facing as an insurance millennial?
I feel that roadblocks are not difficult to overcome if you are willing to put the work in. However, as millennials in the industry, we are facing some challenges mainly opportunities to be innovative and try new ways of doing things. Times are changing and we need to be able to think outside the box and start working smarter instead of harder.
- What do you enjoy most about the industry?
The Insurance industry is small but massive in diversity , I love that fact that we continually helping the people , may it be with community CSI by giving back or clients by providing a peace of mind and helping them rebuild their lives when disaster strikes . Our industrys passion is people and that is what I enjoy the most.
- In your opinion, how can the IIKZN play a more important role in engaging with the youth?
We as a regional industry ambassadors need to encourage our partners and peers in the industry to invest more in the youth by allowing them access to workshops and events to engage with the industry leaders. We need to allow the youth to connect and grow with the networking events. We need to start thinking about investing in growing our youth in all channels of the industry as a collective. With the help of all our members, we need to drive change in the way to look at the youth and maximise their skills.
- What advice would you give to new members entering the industry
Don’t give up, our industry has so many much to offer the sustainability and growth of the economy in our country. Our industry is exciting and full of opportunity and growth for you.
Work hard and you will reap the rewards of a successful and fulfilled career. Set a 5-year goal for your development and work towards it. Find a mentor and walk your career path with help, it’s okay to have support. And lastly, believe in yourself, be confident in your abilities and don’t be scared to ask when in doubt.