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August is Women’s Month and CFA Society South Africa would like to recognise and celebrate women in investment management. 

We have selected a variety of female CFA charterholders to share their journey and insights. 


How did you become involved in financial services – was this something you always wanted to do?

My entry into financial services was really by chance. I studied Accounting at University and at the end of my degree, I started studying for my CFA qualification. While studying, I applied to over 40-50 companies trying to get my first job from varying sectors including accounting, manufacturing and banking. Eventually, I was invited for an interview at a stock broking firm and joined them as a Junior Research Analyst. From there my passion for financial services grew and I have enjoyed developing my career within the sector ever since. Read more.pdf


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How did you become involved in financial services – was this something you always wanted to do?

I grew up with a strong sense of being in control of my money, especially the little allowance I had. I liked the idea of doing something tangible with it, therefore planning and saving has always been important to me. The financial services sector was therefore an easy choice for me. Read more.pdf



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How did you become involved in financial services – was this something you always wanted to do?

I am not sure that it was something that I always wanted to do. I remember a part of my high school years where I actually had no idea what I wanted to do when I finished school. As I looked at the opportunities available to me, I knew that I had an affinity for numbers and stats and making a difference and so through getting a better understanding of what I enjoyed doing and was good at lead me towards starting a Business Science degree. From there finance and economics was a hook. Read more.pdf



How did you become involved in financial services – was this something you always wanted to do?
I completed my Accounting articles in the Consumer and Industrial division, and wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do after that. A friend introduced me to someone in Old Mutual Corporate Finance and it sounded so interesting that I decided to give it a try. Fourteen years in financial services later and I’ve never looked back!  Read more.pdf



How did you become involved in financial services – was this something you always wanted to do?
A career in financial services was never presented to me as a career option. I was economically literate, but investment illiterate. I ended up by a chain of circumstances working in a linked products company which had hired me for my mathematical ability!  Read more.pdf