The month of August is dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating all women. We pay special tribute to more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings in August 1956.
In acknowledgement, we interviewed a few of our Mazarian trainees across the country. They spoke to us about their inspirations, how they got into the field and much more.
Meet Rochelle Snyman, Trainee Accountant from our PE office.
We are always interested in learning more about our trainees. Tell our readers more about yourself and the journey in your particular field.
My name is Rochell Snyman and I’m a second-year Audit Trainee. I’m from East London and completed my Bcom Degree at NMU. I am very passionate about my work. Because I love what I do, I have a very steady source of motivation that drives me to do my best. I am results-oriented, constantly checking in with the goal to determine how close or how far away I am and what it will take to make it happen. I find this pressure inspiring and great motivator. I also consider myself a good communicator. I do not speak much, but I pride myself on making sure that people have the right information because it drives better results.
After completing my degree in Accounting, I started my career as a SAIPA trainee. One highlight about this position was that I learned a lot about different Processing Software which helped make transitioning into the Mazars environment slightly easier.
I did a year of SAIPA articles and decided to move to Mazars thereafter to pursue SAICA articles. Since moving to Mazars I’ve been really inspired to do the best that I can in everything that I do or choose for my life.
In terms of next steps, I’d love to go on to obtain my CA(SA) certification and successfully complete my articles as a fully competent candidate. I am very motivated by the manager in our firm and would love to learn more from their experience.
What attracted you to Mazars? What stood out about the firm?
What stood out about Mazars for me is the culture within the firm. When I went for my interview I was impressed by the humility and candidness of the individuals interviewing me. They painted a clear picture of what I could expect as being part of the Mazars family, the good and the bad, and right then I knew that the firm was a perfect fit for me.
From your perspective, what makes a great leader?
A great leader to me is an individual who is humble and considers the well-being of the entire team when making decisions. At times this means involving their teams in the decision-making process to come to a decision that is fair and equitable. I also consider a good leader to be a person who communicates well, shows accountability, is responsible, shows a great deal of commitment and passion and has the ability to delegate and empower his/her team.
List some of your favourite “she-roes”.
One of my favourite “she-roes” is Lisa Bevere. She is the wife of Pastor John Bevere and author of several books aimed at inspiring women and adolescents. She inspires me because, despite the hardships she’d gone through as a child, she still manages to convince people to see the beauty in life. She really is a force to be reckoned with.
From your experience within your career thus far, do you have any messages for future female graduates heading into the same field?
The career you have chosen requires a lot of hard work and commitment. Therefore, in everything that you do, give it your best, even when you do not feel like it at times
However, also allow yourself to breathe. At times we get so caught up in work and studying that we forget to breathe. Not allowing yourself to do so has a lot of negative effects on your mental health which is neither good for your studies nor work. So breathe…
What is the best career advice you have ever received? This could be from a colleague, relative or a lecturer.
“No circumstance or individual can stop you from achieving your dreams. You are the only person who is able to decide whether your dreams will be achieved or not”.
Share some of your favourite highlights since starting at Mazars. This could be work-related or even everyday interactions with your office colleagues.
I simply just enjoy spending time with my colleagues. They are extremely funny and I enjoy a good laugh almost every time I spend a bit of time with them.
Do you feel the COVID-19 pandemic has changed your view on the general work environment in any way?
Though physical interaction is a bit limited, my view on the working environment has remained the same. At the end of the day we all still need to do what we have to do to achieve our common goal, which is to complete our audits as efficiently and effectively possible.
How have you maintained focus and motivation in the face of changes brought by the pandemic? Highlight something important during your day-to-day, that helps you cope with certain challenges.
I continue to remain goal-oriented and this has been my main source of motivation during this pandemic.
What do you think the future of audit, tax and advisory looks like in South Africa?
Due to the rapid advancements in technology, the future auditor will need several new skills and a renewed sense of urgency to keep up with the changing needs of businesses. However, they will require the same fundamental ethical underpinning that has always been the profession’s defining characteristic.