Navigating growing up isn’t easy; it’s not like you’re given a step-by-step guideline to help you get from where you are to where you want to be. Everyone’s journey is different, each of us is learning different lessons along the way and that’s why I’ve asked some of the women at HKLM to share the advice that they would give their younger selves given the chance.
I know we all say this, and it is age-old… but this is really wisdom from the ages – “Do NOT live beyond your means. Save 10% of what you make… a retirement annuity is not enough” These are all practical. But something that I also wish I had told myself was to spend money on experiences rather than things – things break… memories and learnings – now those are GOLDEN!
– Zahra Mirza, Head of Brand Consulting
Don’t rush into getting a car! You will always be able to get around and get to the places you need to get to but settle and don’t worry about getting a car. Rather invest in buying property and assets that will have a return on investment. People will tell you that you need to get into debit/credit in order to be able to buy a car or house so I advise you to get one credit card that you NEVER use. If you do use it make sure you pay it off so you won’t be indebted. If you need to buy something, buy it cash so you owe nobody!
– Keneoue Filemon, Graphic Designer
My piece of advice would be, that life is way too complicated as it is to not find the right balance between work and living. Be committed to your job and give your career the best of you, however, make sure your life is equally accessible to you and your time. Be as committed to your life as you are to your job. Live and make time for your loved ones. Make time to see the world and the wonders that it has to offer. Put time aside for family, friends and most of all for yourself. Time is something you can never get back – put it to good use.
– Keba Molokwane, Brand Consultant
I came across a quote once that really made an impact on me. The quote, simply put, stated that you are defined by what you do after your 9-5. I believe this is important for many reasons. What you do after your 9-5 from a professional point of view will define your success in your professional life. If you put in the time and effort, your will reap the benefits.What you do after your 9-5 will define your personal life, making sure you spend your time with loved ones, friends and family, will ensure you have a balanced life, surrounded by love, laughter, support and happiness.What you do after 9-5 will define your life through experiences and memories – make sure you do the things you love. It will make you happy. Work is not everything.
– Melissa De Franca, Deputy Head Brand Consulting
Getting your dream job:
Getting your dream job isn’t something which happens straight out of varsity for most people, so please try and be gentle to yourself. Just because you do not have your dream job immediately after varsity it doesn’t mean that you are not working towards it each day. Remember that everything you do works together for your benefit. Put your best foot forward every day and give your best in everything that you do. Success is a series of everyday efforts that lead up to a bigger picture one day.
– Sibongile Mamatu, Project Manager
Whilst this is an all consuming field, keep the people that keep you strong in mind. In the beginning you might lose the balance between work and life – you know, the whole do what you love and love what you do thing – but don’t forget to invest the same amount of passion for your personal life too, it’s the life you surround yourself with that is going to energise and inspire your brilliant ideas at work. Laugh out loud, be strange, be humble and never stop learning from everyone around you, whether they are in your field or not.
– Janeke Bouwer, Senior Brand Consultant
Health and wellness:
Practice self-care everyday, don’t wait for Sundays. Fill your routine with things that make you happy, uplift you and nourish your mind, body and spirit.
– Cole Ndelu, Content Producer
Creativity comes from 2 places: 1. Dedicated hard work. 2. Travel, play, exposure to new things and challenging your understanding of the world. Always make time for both.
– Amori Cox, Deputy Creative Director.
Don’t stop creating and growing your brand! When people talk about you or recommend you for certain things it’s because they trust your brand; create a reputable brand for yourself. You don’t need anyone to tell you what looks good because you already know. Trust your intuition and ask for help when you feel stuck. There are loads of people willing to help you and you just need to be open to those opportunities.
– Keneoue Filemon, Graphic Designer