What degree did you study at university?

BEng Mechanical Engineering, University of Johannesburg

What is your role at Sanlam?

Data and Digital Academy Trainee

Can you tell us why you chose this career?

The world is ever changing and very fast paced, there is always a need for continuous improvement and optimization. I chose this career as it is at the forefront of innovation and creation, one constantly learns new skills every day and is exposed to new challenges that affect multiple individuals. And because I want to affect industry change and development.

What’s a typical day like in your job?

A typical day involves a lot of learning and skills development. Sanlam prides itself in developing their graduates therefore the bulk majority of the day involves learning industry related concepts and collaborating in order to facilitate business growth and meeting the business imperative/goal.

What are the some of the highlights and challenges of your role?

Collaboration and skills development are the highlight of my role as I learn new concepts daily. And in constant engagements with industry experts. The Challenge is that this role is very demanding and can sometimes require you to have one or two sleepless nights in order to understand and retain the knowledge bestowed.

How do you keep up to date with all the changes in your profession?

Continuous learning is important in my field of work as it is an ever-changing industry. Hence one needs to constantly be involved with forums and partake in online learning platforms such as Udemy in order to be on par with the new subject matters and buzz words.

What do you enjoy doing for fun outside of the office?

I am a very sporty person and enjoy playing indoor soccer, netball and the occasional hike. I am very adventurous and also enjoy discovering new restaurants and trying out new food.Other times I am a home body who enjoys reading a good book or playing FIFA.