Shirley Naidu, Marketing & Events Co-ordinator at Oak Tree Intermediaries (Pty) Ltd
What is your secret to balancing work and life with two kids?
It is never easy to juggle oneself between work and a happy family. I have learned to prioritise between work and my family demands. I however do believe that women are multi-tasking queens and are flexible enough to keep their feet steady on the ground.
With the fast pace and demands that we as women face, I believe that you need to take time out for yourself. It should be a priority. No matter how overwhelming the day may be, take a walk, watch your favourite show, do “me” time. If you take care of yourself, you will be able to take care of your loved ones and your career.
You switched careers from Finance to Marketing. What motivated that?
I certainly took a leap of faith to explore the marketing sector. I am fortunate enough to work with one of the most knowledgeable men in the business, Gordon McKean –who saw my potential and mentors me to reach my full potential. I believe every individual has an inner talent and I am certainly embracing mine.
Where did your confidence to do this come from?
Being confident is nothing more than believing in yourself that you can accomplish whatever you set your mind to. When I accepted my appointment at Oak Tree, the company consisted of 3 employees. I had the opportunity to explore the business and get my hands messy in many sectors of the business. We have expanded over the years, which opened a door to a marketing opportunity, which I took interest in and decided to approach it with a positive and confident attitude.
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These two career directions are poles apart. What excites you most about the marketing position?
I realised that a career in marketing can steer you in several different directions. What excites me is connecting with people, planning events, thinking out of the box, allowing me to be creative and the list does go on. In a nutshell, it “Sparks my inner artist”
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has steered my attention into a different direction. We are leaning towards the social media and webinar platforms which is a challenge when we have always relied on face-to-face interaction.
Any suggestions for growing the role of women in the insurance industry.
Women are strong individuals so we should support each other and grow to reach our full potential. I have realised that there are many women out there willing to teach and help women grow in the industry, and this opportunity should be grabbed by the horns.
The insurance industry is very competitive and I believe every lady out there wants to be the best version of themselves. We are naturally competitive, no matter if the role is a wife, mother, or businesswoman, so just stay focused on your goals and take everything in your stride. We can do this!
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