Cop wannabe turns banking into flourishing career

By Basetsana Makhalemele

Name: Lindokhuhle Mkhwanazi

Age:  42

From: Utrecht, KwaZulu-Natal

Education: Unisa, Stellenbosch and Wits

Profession: Professional Banker

Growing up all Lindokuhle ever wanted to be was a policewoman, a career as a banker was far from her mind.

But as fate would have it, all the opportunities she received were in the banking sector.

“I was not forced into the sector but rather grabbed opportunities available with both hands,” she says.

She joined the banking institution she currently works for, straight after matric.

Due to her enthusiasm towards work and opportunities afforded to her, she furthered her studies through Unisa, and now holds a Bachelor’s degree in Financial Management.

As part of her leadership training she has also completed the New Managers Development Programme and Management Advancement Programme acquired at University of Stellenbosch and Wits Business School respectively.

She is currently doing her honours in business management.

Lindokuhle believes that success lies with the person’s attitude.

Career path

It took her ten years to be a professional banker and her career started flourishing in 2009 when she was promoted to be a bank manager and further accredited to be an Associate Manager – Senior Branch Manager.

In 2012 Lindokuhle discovered her passion and purpose when the bank started grooming her as a future leader through the African Woman Leadership Programme.

In 2013 she was asked to represent her organisation as an expert, doing financial literacy at different radio stations and beinggiven the opportunity to study further.

In 2018 she was given an opportunity again to lead a very big region in respect of sales and service for self service delivery.

Working in what is mostly believed to be a male field comes with challenges but the courageous Lindokuhle knows what it requires and she is able to put those to display.

“As a woman leader operating at the man’s world becomes a bit difficult sometimes and but it really does requires confidence, assertiveness and focus,” she says.

Why banking:

To her, banking is like any other career that requires a person tobe qualified, to grow and acquire personal values like honesty and integrity.

“Understand that you need to work hard to earn a living.Nothing comes on a silver platter,” she says.

Sound Advice:

“Be determined, focus, work hard and have a purpose in life. Banking has lot of opportunities available, so a positive attitude will make it easier for one to grasp those opportunities and flourish.

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