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Sally Mashiane

Current Job: 
Associate in the Corporate & Commercial Law Department at Shepstone & Wylie Attorneys
Faculty: 
Networking is important. Participate in extra-curricular activities; a well-rounded student makes a good impression.

Past job(s)

Legal Analyst/Investigator in the Enforcement & Exemptions Division and Cartels Division at the Competition Commission of South Africa

How I obtained my current position

After working at the Competition Commission for 2 years, I decided that I wanted to complete my articles and applied to Shepstone & Wylie.  I was called in for an interview, after which I was offered a job.

How my qualification relates to my work

My undergrad provided me with a legal foundation and my postgraduate certificate in competition law provided me with the theoretical foundation of competition law.

Best & most challenging parts of my job

Our clients are involved in various sectors, so I am exposed to many sectors of the economy.  The best parts of my job are that there is always something new to learn and solving problems for our clients.

Finding solutions that best protect our clients and sometimes having to explain to a client why certain things cannot be done can be challenging.

Involvement at UCT

Mentor (UCT Law Faculty & Baxter Hall Residence); Orientation; Entertainment Sub-Committee (Baxter Hall Residence). Other societies included: Black Law Student Forum; Executive Committee: Secretary-General; Seventh Day Adventist Student Movement; Student Welfare Health & Bible Society; Investsoc; Anglican Society; and Habitat for Humanity.

Advice to current students

Networking is important. Participate in extra-curricular activities; a well-rounded student makes a good impression.

About approaching your own career development journeys

Work very hard and get the best marks that you can get. Your first introduction to your potential employer is often your transcript and that is what may initially set you apart from the rest. Find your passion and be willing to explore less obvious career paths. Not everyone is suited for an office job. 

Advice for graduates entering the world of work 

There is often a big gap between theoretical knowledge and what happens in practice. Take every opportunity to learn from your seniors, they have a wealth of knowledge that they have acquired through experience and which cannot be obtained from textbooks.