To celebrate Women’s Month in South Africa, we would like to introduce – Thuli Buthelezi, a Business Development Manager at Molex CES. Thuli talks about her role and what it’s like as a woman in the industry.
What are your main responsibilities and achievements at Molex?
Looking after the public sector and getting to work very closely with SITA and Installers.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
This role offers me the chance to engage with a lot of people and for me, that is the best part of my job. I have the opportunity to build strong and solid relationships with my clients which is something I’m very passionate about.
What do you enjoy least about your role?
I must confess that even though my role comes with a lot of challenges, I look forward to tackling them all head on, there is always something new to learn and that’s what provides me with the competitive advantage in this demanding industry.
What’s it like working at Molex?
I am surrounded by a wonderful team that is supportive and caring. Being part of Molex is like being part of a big family.
What do you like about the IT infrastructure industry?
This industry is constantly evolving. As technology changes, so does the industry. This is where I get to learn and grow as an individual. Clients’ needs and expectations are always different, and it is rewarding to be able to meet those demands for my clients.
Have you faced any barriers entering into the industry, if so how did you overcome them?
This industry is very difficult as it is mainly dominated by men. I had to quickly learn the ins and outs of the industry in order to be on the same level – if not better – than my male counterparts. I researched a lot about the industry in order to remain current and relevant. I engaged with people that have been in this industry for a very long time and learned a lot from them.
What advice would you give to women wanting to get into the industry?
This is a very exciting industry but also challenging. My advice is to never stop learning. The more you know about the industry trends, the more value you can offer your clients.
Who is your biggest female influence/icon/inspiration? Why?
I draw a lot of inspiration from different types of women. Both famous and unknown. But my biggest icon of all would be my mother. She is a very strong woman that managed to raise her children despite great hardships. She has taught me how to navigate through this thing called life and still be able to hold my family together.
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