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Lindelwa Skenjana is the author of The Black Girl’s Guide to Corporate South Africa – so she’s the perfect person to dish career and money advice that you can use to transform your 2022.

But first, a little background. Lindelwa is a marketing, brand and communication professional in the digital and data analytics space within financial services. She’s passionate about the development of people, women and the African continent, and is interested in how tech can be harnessed to achieve the development agenda. We get the feeling she knows her stuff! So, here’s the “stuff” you need to know. Notebooks out.

Create opportunities for yourself

Identify organisations you’d like to be part of, and reach out to people in the industry you want to be in, advises Lindelwa. “Set up meetings with those people. You’ll be surprised at how people are willing to make time to talk to a young person who is seeking information, help and guidance,” she says.

Know and accept who you are

“[I’m] a soft, gentle person and that is often misconstrued as being weak or a pushover,” says Lindelwa. “Know who you are and who you are not – make peace with that. Know how the environment you are in is and what it is not – decide to make peace with that as well,” she says.

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Have money conversations that matter

Start saving immediately. Save a percentage of your salary that makes sense for you – just make sure you save. “As you get older, you have all sorts of desires (car, home/s, travel)… The sooner you can afford what you desire cash, the better for you.”

Always remember, you are enough!

“Your voice, your skill set, without make-up… go in there and do your thing!” says Lindelwa.

A book you should get your hands on

A Renegade called Simphiwe by Prof Pumla Dineo Gqola.

Connect with Lindelwa

@Blackgirlsguide_za (IG)

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