Candice Flint: “If a job’s not scary, it’s not worth doing.”

07 Aug 2020 11:00 am

Candice Flint: “If a job’s not scary, it’s not worth doing.”

Candice, 41, is a Support Supervisor in our Cape Town office who joined LexisNexis in 2009 and says she most admires the company’s collaborative vision.

“Everyone within the company that I have had the pleasure to converse with has shared the same vision and every employee is dedicated to the mission,” she says.

“LexisNexis is always one step ahead with regards to innovation. We, as a team at LexisNexis have a passion for winning in the corporate world. I believe that Team Work Makes the Dream Work and, at LexisNexis, we are all part of THE team.”

She shares a bit more about her responsibilities, her career path to date and what makes her tick.

  1. What does your work typically involve?

    My job typically involves full purchasing of Hosting, Infrastructure and Software purchases, Processing of invoices, Monthly IT reports, assisting with the daily running of ServiceDesk and Supervising the System Support team. I am currently a health and safety representative within the company as well.

  2. What qualifications do you hold and from which institutions?

    I have an ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management from Axelos and SHE Representative Certificate from NOSA.

  3. Please summarise your career path to date including any professional associations you might belong to.

    My career path began at SA Breweries as an office administrator in the year 1997. I then moved on to Skyde Financial Services as an Administration Clerk. In 2003, I joined the TransUnion Team as a Call Centre Operator/Debt Collector. I briefly worked for Aztec Signs and Graphics as an Administrator. In 2009, I had the honour of joining our company.

    I started off in the Cape Town Finance Department, I then moved to the WinDeed Admin Department in 2010 and in 2017 I moved to the Cape Town TechOps (Technical Operations) Team, my current Team.

  4. Where do you see yourself in the next few years in terms of your career?

    In 5 years, I will still be chasing my Manager, Elton’s job (LOL). Let’s be realistic, the current pandemic has left me unsure about my 1-year plan, let alone my 5-year plan. As the saying goes: “When we make plans, God laughs”.

  5. Where did you grow up and in which area do you currently reside?

    I grew up in Strandfontein, Cape Town. I am happily still residing in Strandfontein, Cape Town.

  6. What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

    My spare time has always been dedicated to my elderly mother and my two kids. I have always been a family orientated kind of women. I spend that time trying to surround myself with the best and most important people in my life. It’s the best time to radiate positive energy and communication with the ones closest to me.

  7. Do you have a family / children?

    I have two kids, Zinedine (17) and Cody-Jared (12). They are the light of my life.

  8. How do you achieve home / work / life balance?

    I try my best to prioritise my time accordingly, it’s not as simple as I just made that sound. I have a few time-tracking tools such as frequency of meetings, duration of meetings, working hours and etc. I take some time to make some time.

  9. What advice do you have for young women trying to carve out a successful career?

Always be prepared to spot opportunities and especially growth opportunities when they prepare themselves because they are the key learning opportunities. You will know because they make you uncomfortable, and your initial impulse may be that you are not ready but keep in mind: Growth and comfort never co-exist.