Three women share RCS’s positive impact on their lives as employees.
In honour of Women’s Day, three women with roles in various departments within the RCS organisation share how the company has had a positive impact, not only on their careers, but on their lives. From the Women in Leadership programme to skills development, Mariné van Brakel, Unati Manyela and Zimkhitha Sikupela share in their own words, the role RCS has played in their personal and professional development.
MARINÉ VAN BRAKEL
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
The RCS Women in Leadership programme, which aims to encourage and support women to attain and succeed in senior and leadership roles, has given me the opportunity to grow my network, and share challenges and achievements with incredible women across RCS and BNP Paribas. I am proud to be part of such a strong team of women who I can learn from every day.
RCS has been this great big land of opportunity, open to everyone for the taking. It is a company that inspires hope, passion and optimism. Your dreams are valid here. I started at RCS as a collections agent in 2011 and levelled up into a management role in 2017. I have experienced that your limitations are not all they are cut out to be; an employee with the right attitude and a desire to work hard despite obvious and inevitable challenges can level up and flourish at RCS. This company not only provides opportunities, but also the right tools and the right programmes to support my goals. For example, RCS is currently funding my studies. I am now in the fourth year of my LLB (law) degree, and it would not have been possible without the continuous financial support. RCS also took me through training and assessments such as the Junior Management Development Programme, which has advanced my skills, in knowledge and in understanding of various leadership styles. I am truly not extraordinary or above the rest, but one among many that raised a hand at the sight of opportunity. As a result, I am a product of RCS’s active influence. I can affirm that RCS does make things possible!
At RCS we treat each other like family, and this gives me the opportunity to work with staff across all levels, which has significantly improved my ability to approach senior management with confidence. The flexibility in my role allows me to be both the best mom and employee that I can be. I love what I do and can honestly say that while each day has a new challenge, I get to make a difference in someone else’s life every day.