Sat, 29 Feb 2020

Be firm but fair; don't lose focus; try to learn something new every day; and read, read read.

These are just some of the lessons learned by three exceptional women who have climbed the career ladder. August is Women's Month, and three of Shoprite's movers and shakers shared their journeys, as well as advice on dealing with challenges.

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"I've always been in a job that had a purpose for me and that I was passionate about. Where that was lacking in any job, I would reinvent the role by seeking more challenges and additional responsibilities."

She fundamentally believes finding a job you are passionate about is the key to success. Her advice to other women in the corporate world is to grow, develop, and empower yourself through academic development and consistently increase the depth and breadth of your skills.

"Read, read, read, read. Find good role models and allow yourself to grow through constructive feedback. Never let anyone define what you can and can't do; except yourself," says Syce. "Cultivate the habit of listening. Be curious about what goes on, not just in your area, but in operations outside your department or division and business and industry."

Tackling challenges

Kimberly Soombremoney is the divisional financial manager of Shoprite Gauteng. She was born and raised in Durban and is now living in Gauteng.

"I am not afraid of taking on challenges. I enjoy learning and I try to learn something new every day," she says.

"I started my articles with Shoprite as a trainee accountant. During this time, I worked in various departments and divisions within the company. This gave me a broad view."

She is responsible for the administration and finance of 114 supermarkets and 53 liquor stores.

Her advice to women in the corporate world is that, as long as you set goals for yourself and you are willing to work hard and have a positive attitude, there are many opportunities for anyone.

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