Themba Seyisi is a first-year candidate attorney at Cluver Markotter Attorneys who is an inspiration to all of us. Not only did Themba excel while completing his LLB at the University of Stellenbosch, but also wrote a book before he turned 21 years called ‘21 Life Lessons @21’.
Gradlinc caught up with him and picked his brain on your behalf, to find out, not only what makes him tick, but to ask him for some tips for future LLB graduates.
Build your network! It is true that your network is your net worth. The people you allow in your circle are of extreme importance as they determine the opportunities and social goods you will have access to.
At University or as someone seeking opportunities, attend as much of the public lectures given by the experts in the field – there’s free food anyway. Do not leave without getting the expert’s cell phone number or at least their PA’s.
Also, do not believe anyone who says you can’t do something. Until you’ve tried and failed – you can do it!
Analytical thinking, Problem solving, Stakeholder engagement and expectations management.
Given the chance, I would have done 3 things differently:
This particular advice is something I’ve observed from my mentor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng:
“Whatever challenges one might be facing, learn and grow to be strong. Do not waste too much time crying. Keep your head up and own your magic!”