Samantha, a Report Centre Liaison from Pretoria, South Africa

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Samantha, a Report Centre Liaison from Pretoria, South Africa.

can you tell us more about your background and professional experience?

I am an aspiring Business Analyst from Pretoria, South Africa who recently graduated from the University of Pretoria. I got my first "real" job at a market research company a few months prior to graduating. I have been working here for almost a year now and it has been nothing but an emotional rollercoaster. I did a bit of introspection upon realizing this and as of right now, I aspire to do another degree in the next 2 years as well as to move to a different company in line with my field of study.

Diversity is a concept that is open to interpretation. What does it mean to you?

Diversity is an inclusive concept that encompasses respect and understanding of people's backgrounds, lifestyles and personalities. It accepts that every person is unique and recognizes the differences that exist in our society.

Greet people. From the security guard at the gate to the highest ranking person in the building.
— Samantha

What were important steps you had to take in order to be at your current position?

I travel 143.6 kilometers each day just to get to and from work.

What challenges have you experienced in the workplace?

One of the main challenges that I have experienced in the workplace is having to accept people and/or situations that I don't like or that trigger my anxiety. I cannot go about certain situations in the same way that I would go about them outside of the workplace for the sake of professionalism. It has been challenging in that I prefer not to engage with people who trigger my anxiety and I have a tendency to avoid people or situations with negative energy. Unfortunately, in the workplace, this is not possible because I have to work with people regardless of the way I feel about them.

What advice do you have for someone first coming into a professional space?

  • Leave your feelings at home!
  • Always be punctual.
  • Greet people. From the security guard at the gate to the highest ranking person in the building.
  • It is okay to take days off to rest. The place won't close down without you.
  • Try not to take criticism personally
  • Always give it your best. Take pride in your work. The right people will notice.
  • Be eager to learn new things about your department but also how it is integrated in the rest of the business.

 

Samantha is a Report Centre Liaison from Pretoria, South Africa. She has a Bachelor of Commerce: Informatics. Samantha is willing to connect with you!
I think that Black women have stepped into a new role that no one was accustomed to us being in, leadership.
— Semirra M. Long

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