How My Career Has Been “Set Up”: Part 1

I have been fortunate to have a streamlined career.

To have known and pursued my interest from an early age, giving me a good amount of experience in the right field. I am happy with how it’s all been “set up”, it makes progressing easier. This is how it all started:

Like many little girls, when someone asked me what I want to be when I grow up, I used to say a nurse. In my early teens I dated this cute boy from my neighbourhood who told me that he wanted to be a doctor and said I should be a nurse so I can work at his practice. The idea seemed novel then, until I started falling in love with Business Economics and was introduced to Marketing and Public Relations (PR). 

In Grade 10 I was chosen in my class to be part of Cell C’s Take a Girl Child to Work Day. I visited two companies – a PR firm and a marketing agency. Boy was I so shy and intimidated, especially at the marketing agency (I don’t always do well with having all eyes on me, it was even worse when I was younger!). The experience was exhilarating, and I don’t remember a lot of what was shared with me, but I do remember how it felt: REFRESHING.

No one in my family had actually ever been involved in any marketing related work as far as I know, so I’m a pioneer! I’m black, so the astute career choices according to my family were: lawyer | doctor | engineer | nurse | teacher. It’s a sad reality. My mom was supportive of my interest in PR and marketing but concerned that I wouldn’t “make it”, so she suggested I be an art teacher. I rolled my eyes at her and almost got a whoop lash