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 within a financial services provider.
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 starting an online store on my platform The Corporate Canvas, whereby customers can upload their CV to be edited and redesigned.
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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Zimasa Qolohle Mabuse