This week we get to chat with Zimasa, who apart from working at one of the leading banks is the Editor of The Corporate Canvas, a lifestyle editorial for professionals and entrepreneurs.
Your qualifications: LLB (Wits University); LLM [Corporate Law] (University of Johannesburg)
Your practice areas: African Financial Regulation.
The reaction when people find out you are a lawyer: “Why didn’t you go into practice” is most definitely the most common one.
A major move in the last 5 years: There are a few, but I would say definitely starting an online store on my platform The Corporate Canvas, whereby customers can upload a pre-existing CV that is the edited and redesigned . Check it out (thecorporatecanvas.co.za/store.thecorporatecanvas.co.za) .
Something you wish you could change about legal practice: : I believe that law firms are cut-throat places to work (this is probably as a result of the long, stressful working hours that many have to endure) and as a result not very pleasant places to work. I do have the utmost respect for people in practice though!
How do you network: To be honest, I am still learning the power of this, but what works very well for me is making friends easily and actually maintaining those friendships. Because I usually forge genuine relations with many, people are often very willing and happy to assist me when I need something or seek individuals in their own network to assist me.
A beauty staple and closet item you can’t live without:
Beauty: any matte Lipcolor
Clothing: a sling back heel
Describe your Werk style: Either preppy with dresses with stockings – think Blair Waldorf or a great pair of pants and a white blouse. Every outfit I wear MUST either incorporate gold jewellery or pearls.
When stressed or overwhelmed, what do you do to refocus: Nothing works quite like sitting on the couch with wine and a good movie on a Friday to truly get me to unwind & refresh. Random “sho’t lefts” (mini break-aways) with my husband also do wonders to get me recharged, motivated and energised again.
A physical or spiritual practice you have adopted: For years I have been going to the gym in the evenings after work. This year I made a resolution to myself to learn to be an early riser and so I started attending gym in the morning at around 05.30 for an hour or so, then I attend work. It really helps energise me for the day and it actually makes me more productive. It’s March now and I have certainly still managed to maintain this new habit.
Bad recommendations or assumptions about law that you often hear: That you are only successful at it if you practice as an attorney or advocate. I believe I have forged a beautiful career for myself by being a specialist in financial regulation in Africa.
The best or most worthwhile investment you have ever made: My loft apartment which I purchased at age 23. I look at my peers who are about to make their 1st property purchases now and I am so glad I learned everything there was to learn about purchasing and investing in property at such an early age.
Major goal for the next 5 years:
Rival the likes of the New York Times, Time Magazine, Huffington Post.
Become a mother – and a fantastic one too!
Buy a beautiful home with a huge garden
Take my mom to Turkey – she’s always wanted to go!
Quote you live your life by: “Speak all your dreams and desires into existence”
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