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Some of you may have seen the short videos on my Instagram page regarding this new series titled Womenomics.
The term ‘Womenomics’ was first introduced to me by Khanyi Dhlomo at an event I attended last year during Women’s Month in Cape Town. Her talk was centered around the empowerment of women. Her talk focused on women as drivers of change in their respective economies.
Her talk resonated with me, and I felt it would be most fitting to chat to the phenomenal women whom I’ve met in my journey; and get their views on certain matters.
First up, is Pelontle, or as I like to refer to her, ‘Pelo’.
Pelo is a 24 year-old Business Analyst based in Johannesburg. She operates within the Banking industry, and is also a corporate fashion and lifestyle blogger. Her blog is titled ‘The Office Edit’.
What are some of your main passions and why are they important to you?
I’m passionate about empowering others, specifically the young girl/woman. I live by a quote that says: ‘Be who you needed when you were younger’ so everything I do is for every little girl who was like me growing up. I want to be the person I would’ve
wanted to have to look up to when I was younger.
Tell us more about The Office Edit. When it was founded, and what was the
inspiration behind it?
It was founded in 2016. I’m an avid blog reader and I love fashion. So when I got my first job out of university straight into the corporate world I realized I had no-one to look up to in the South African fashion blogger world. Everyone at that time
was ‘different’ or ‘alternative’ which is great expect I can’t wear a metallic skirt with biker boots to work like the bloggers did for example. I soon realized I wasn’t the only who needed fashion inspiration for a young female in corporate (after all,
most of us spend majority of our lives there anyway) and I decided to start the blog. It has since gone beyond just fashion but rather documenting my corporate journey.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Meetings, meetings, meetings. As a business analyst my clients is the actual business so I go to a lot of meetings to uncover what the business needs in order to improve it. So I get to work at around 9 am (I’m not a morning person) and leave at around 6, some days can go up to 8pmand occasionally even later due to the nature of my work. I usually get home and work on my blog or other ventures I have going on together with my sister. Boring, I know, but I take all my blog pictures and workout
on the weekend. During the week it’s really just work, work, work.
What are some of the challenges you face in your current role as a Business Analyst, more specifically as a female in this role?
Being a business analyst means that you need to have great interpersonal and stakeholder management skills. As someone in IT trying to implement change in a company, resistance is a big thing that comes with the job. People don’t like change. It’s my job to help people understand the value of IT without making it seem like their value isn’t noted. Being a business analyst also means that I work with people from different business. Most of which I’ve never worked in before. From client onboarding to legal to facilities. This means that the people in these business areas will often assume I don’t know what I’m talking about and can take a
hit on my confidence. It’s important to remain confident in my abilities which something we often question as females.
What are your greatest accomplishments to date?
The Office Edit is like my baby so I would say that is definitely one of them. It hasn’t been easy. Finding the time to do something you don’t even get paid for takes a lot of effort and sometimes there is no motivation so being able to keep it up
this long is something I’m very proud of. I’ve also just started a foundation together with my sister. It’s great to be in a
position to improve other people’s lives but I will share more of that at a later stage.
Where to from here for The Office Edit?
I want the Office Edit to be the main reference point for young women starting out in the corporate world as well as for women going through this journey of navigating the corporate world. I only blog about what I’ve personally experienced which is
limiting so I would also love to see this as a platform where there are different contributions from women going through their own journeys.
What was the best financial advice you’ve ever received?
Get debit orders for all your savings/investments because the discipline is hard lol.
What is your favourite quote and why.
I mentioned it above but to add one more, one of my other favourite quotes says “You are not meant to bear that which you find unpleasant. You are meant to change it, that’s why you feel it.”. It’s also one of the reasons I started The Office Edit. It just reminds me to stop complaining about stuff I don’t like and do something about it instead.
Name a book you’re currently reading / name a book that made the most
impact on you.
To be honest I’m not a big reader which is a horrible habit I’m trying to change. I bought myself Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes last year and kind of forgot about it but I’ve recently started reading it and I’m really enjoying it so far. It reads like
you’re chatting to a friend but doesn’t fail at delivering the message behind it.
– Favourite holiday destination.
I haven’t actually travelled much, but locally it has to be Cape Town. Hopefully now that I’m working I’ll afford the trips of my dreams, lol.
– One fun fact about you.
I used to play the piano when I was younger.
– Are you part of any social communities in your city?
No not currently
Well, there you have it. I hope you are as inspired as I am about this lady.
Contact Pelo Mosimege:
Blog: The Office Edit
Instagram: Pelontle Mosimege – The Office Edit
Facebook: The Office Edit