Tamryn, what is your field of expertise?
I build brands for a living. I help all the way from your small businesses, your little aunty down the street making yam to your large chemical companies in South Africa. I studied social sciences at university: politics and sociology. I learned branding, marketing and advertising by myself, e.g. through online courses.
Which countries have you already been to?
Quite a few. My parents were able to send me overseas several times and later I had the money to travel myself.
I had these opportunities but others don’t have the opportunity to gain international experience and that’s why I’m so passionate about this programme. You can learn to think globally.
What aspect of a Team works! assignment in Germany with the AGYO would interest you most?
I think it’s that strong entrepreneurship culture that Germany has. From small family businesses to multinationals. For me it’s all about business skills and business ethics. I really want to learn more about how businesses operate. How do you go from being a small business to being big? If I can learn from German businessmen and women, young and old, I can teach that to the people here. I don’t want to sit in a lecture room listening to lectures. Exchanging ideas and discussing things is more impactful, in my opinion.
What would you really want to ask your colleagues during your assignment in Germany?
Like, “What keeps you doing what you do every day?” “Why do you get up and go to work every day?“ “What is your motivation?” “Where do you want to go?” “Do you enjoy what you do?” Philosophical questions more about business.