Getting to Know the #JobAdviceSA Co-Hosts Part 2: Vanessa Raath @Van_Raath

Last week in the first part of our series of interviews with the co-hosts we found out all about Elzette Fourie, and in the gentlemanly spirit of “ladies first” our next interview is with the First Lady of #JobAdviceSA Vanessa Raath!

  1. What is the meaning of your first name?

Vanessa means Butterfly – My folks were hoping for a Prima Ballerina but not everything works out according to plan.

  1. What would be an appropriate movie title for the story of your life?

The Gods Must Be Crazy.

  1. What is the top of your bucket-list?

To spend more time in the Bush so I can really hone my Wildlife Photography skills.

  1. What’s the last movie/series you watched or book you read? What would you rate it out of 5?

Elite – a Spanish series on Netflix. 4/5

  1. What is your favourite #JobAdviceSA memory?

I think every time that someone tells us that we have assisted them to find employment and have changed their lives for the better is a highlight for me.

  1. If you could visit anywhere in the world that you’ve never been, where would you go and

I am very fortunate to have travelled extensively but I have kept South America for my retirement as I know that I can backpack through there for a few months.

  1. Who was, or is, the most influential person in your life?

This is a tough one as I like to learn something from everyone that I interact with. I believe that everyone has inherent ‘good’ in them and we should spend more time collaborating and learning from each other. So I have been influenced by a lot of people in my life, depending on the stage I am in.

  1. If money was not a consideration, what job would you be doing right now?

I’d love to work with children – I’m a qualified Teacher and I miss interacting with children. Something where I could work with disabled or underprivileged kids and really make a difference in their lives would be great!

  1. Tell us an interesting fact about you that not many people know?

I have Scuba dived with over 300 Hammerhead sharks, at one time, and I loved every minute of it!

  1. What is your favourite music artist/song/album?

There are far too many to choose from as I love such a diverse range of music. I like something that is light and that I can sing a long too!

  1. What is your favourite sport and what team do you support?

Personally, I love running and going to the gym, but I also enjoy watching sport from my couch. I mainly support the Sharks, the Springboks and Chelsea.

  1. What’s your claim to fame?

My claim to fame is having the nickname Squirrel before SourceCon made Purple Squirrels difficult but rewarding animals to find!

  1. Who is the celebrity/influencer/industry leader that you admire the most and why?

Too many to name but I will try – ones that stick out for me are Katrina Collier, Shannon Pritchett, Anne Wilkerson, Balazs Paroczay, Shane McCusker, Angie Verros, Jim Stroud and Bill Boorman.

  1. Which charities do you support?

I am happy to support any Charity that is in need but I am a big fan of the SPCA.

  1. What’s your favourite food/favourite drink?

I am not fussy and eat anything, but my favourite food is probably a good South African braai. As for drinks, I will usually order a G & T, a red wine or a Lemon Flying Fish, depending on my mood.

  1. What is your burning ambition in life/your career?

I want to leave a legacy of being kind and fair to everyone who crosses my path. I have a burning desire to help people, if they are willing to help themselves of course.

Join us every Monday from 4-5pm for #JobAdviceSA Twitter chat and follow @JobAdviceSA and our co-hosts @ElzetteFourie @TimJBarry @Van_Raath and @WeszMadz and don’t forget to like our Facebook page

Stay tuned for Part 3 of our interview series next week!

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