April 2016


In pursuit of excellence Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

I was recently asked what I really enjoy about my role as an HR practitioner. I had to reflect on this for a while. One of the things I really enjoy is graduate recruitment. Over the years I have had the opportunity and privilege to engage with very dynamic young individuals. Having worked with top students in the arena of excellence, there are a few things that I have gleaned from these top achievers. Although from different backgrounds, universities and cultures, there are certain things that I have seen in them all that I believe distinguished them from their counterparts.

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Grit: is it the answer to your success? Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

Grit is a psychology term made famous in modern times by American psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth.

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Recalling global secondment 2015 Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

In 2015, I took part in the Clyde & Co Global Associate Programme. I reflect on the questions that I am most often asked about this unique experience.

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The godfather at law Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

I believe that lawyers are inherently bad managers. A large cause of this weakness is the journey to become a qualified lawyer and the practice of law itself. Studying law is a solitary affair. Law schools have recognised this flaw and now encourage group learning and assignments. These activities seldom mirror the working world.

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On working motherhood Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

In the last 150 years, women in civilised countries (and I do count South Africa amongst those for this topic!) have had a complete change of opportunity offered to us. But along with the vote, and the right to work, and that un-met right to equal pay, we've been fed a myth. We've been told that we can have it all. And to women entering the legal profession, I want to offer my opinion that – certainly in our profession – this is not possible.

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A new way of living Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

Anne-Marie Slaughter's new book "Unfinished Business" (One World Publications; 2015) is essential reading for law firm leaders and their human resources teams. The book has already been long listed for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2015, and I believe it could be the catalyst for a different discussion on true equality for men and women in the workplace, as well as providing a way forward for those who want to have fulfilling family lives and successful careers.

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Top Students 2016 - University of Cape Town Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

University of Cape Town

Talia Ben-David graduated magna cum laude.

She says, "I have always known that I wanted to be a lawyer, but I have never really been able to answer exactly why, especially since nobody else in my family is a lawyer. When I was much younger, the desire to do law may have been inspired by the image painted of lawyers by John Grisham novels and Hollywood. But later, I realised that I was genuinely interested in the justice system, and especially South African law, given that our Constitution is still relatively young. When I began studying law, I knew I would always be passionate about it."

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Top Students 2016 - University of the Free State Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

Vincent Engelbrecht graduated cum laude.

He says studying law was, "a mixture of familial influences and a desire to be a legal professional."

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Top Students 2016 - University of Johannesburg Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

Jan Adriaan Botha graduated cum laude.

Botha did an undergraduate degree in BComm (Law) with Monetary Economics as his major. He comments, "If I had approached this degree in the same manner as the LLB, I would have enjoyed university considerably more."

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Top Students 2016 - University of KwaZulu-Natal Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

Howard College

Yasmine Allen graduated cum laude.

Allen says that her decision to study law was a mix of factors. "My grandmother was convinced, from the time that I was very young, that I would one day become a lawyer, and her conviction played a role in my decision to study law.

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Top Students 2016 - Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

Rachael Chasakara graduated cum laude

She says of her decision to study an LLB, "I do not credit my decision to study law to anything specific, but the movie 'Legally Blonde' played a big role in making this decision. The way 'Elle Woods' was portrayed made me think at the time that law is very interesting (debatable I know), and one day that would be me." And this proved correct, Chasakara says, "I would do law over and over again. I can't imagine myself enjoying any other degree as much as I enjoyed studying law."

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Top Students 2016 - North West University Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

Abigail Beenzu

"I am an international student from Zambia," says Abigail Beenzu. "I completed my LLB last year. I am currently studying a Masters' degree in Labour Law. I have no other degrees prior to my LLB. However, I did complete a Cambridge International Diploma in Information and Communications."

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Top Students 2016 - North West University - Potchefstroom Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

Jacques Brits graduated cum laude.

"In the very beginning the respect and status of such an honourable profession drew me to the law, says Brits of his decision to do an LLB. "Furthermore the law, as an ever-changing profession interested me. It confirmed that a lifetime of new information and knowledge would be necessary, ensuring that I improve myself on a daily basis."

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Top Students 2016 - University of Pretoria Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

Kelsey Jayes graduated cum laude.

Jayes says, "My University experience was not unlike that of many law students and stress was part of my daily struggle. I pushed myself harder than I thought was possible, had many breakdowns because of it, and lost a few friends along the way. However, given the outcome of such hard work, I can safely say that I wouldn't change a thing and, having been a Candidate Attorney for almost four months now, I am so happy I chose law as a career path."

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Top Students 2016 - Rhodes University Top Students - 2015 Final Year April 2016

Kelly Dixon graduated with distinction.

She says, "What drove me to study law was its problem-solving nature, as well as the fact that we all interact with the law on a daily basis. I enjoy learning about my rights and obligations and how to help others solve problems using the law."

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