Thirst Gets To Know The Women Making It Happen

by | Aug 9, 2018 | Interesting Stuff, Staff

Leading up to Women’s Day 2018, we asked the wonderful women of Thirst a couple of questions. Their answers left us inspired, motivated and excited to continue working alongside them during their journey at Thirst while watching them grow, excel and reach new heights.

Get to know a few of the women making it happen at Thirst and how they wish to #PayItForward.

Noxolo November

Noxolo is our vibrant and expressive stock manager. She loves a challenge and doesn’t confine herself to any limitations when it comes to creativity. She is a believer in all good things, and we love having her on our team. The Thirst quenching cocktail she loves most is a Berry Mojito.

Has your #ThirstforLife taught you any valuable lessons along the way?

Most definitely, we are in an industry that requires consistency, creativity and thinking out of the box, and building relationships either with clients, friends of clients, suppliers, you name it, and you just can not be at Thirst if you are not  capable of the above mentioned.”

Is there anyone in your industry that inspires you?  (Social media influencers included, of course)?

“I get my inspiration from very small details, so there are a whole lot of people that inspire me in my industry. From our bar support who works hard at making our events a success, our bartenders being creative behind our bars, our very own managers when trying out new cocktails in our training room, our GM on how he treats every event as a special event and finally my bosses – I love how they respect their business. I see them working hard every day to make it a success, and I love how they respect our clients.”

Would you recommend this industry and profession to other women?

“Big yes, I would definitely. South African women are not only beautiful, they are strong and smart too, especially considering the challenges we face every day. We have opportunities to showcase our talents and creativity behind a bar just like our male colleagues and beyond, where other women in some other countries still don’t have that privilege.”

#PayItForward- Noxolo gives her advice to women who are just starting their careers:

“We’ve come a long way as women of South Africa, we’ve been given opportunities in our workplaces. Now, let us grab and use those opportunities, be hungry,  passionate and love what we do. Let your experiences be your learning curve, and let your challenges make you work twice as hard towards achieving your goals. Believe in yourself, and always be willing to go the extra mile, don’t be afraid of working hard and going for what you want.”

Noxolo

 Sabrina

Sabrina is our strong, independent, feisty, and fearless instructor, who loves a good tequila. She started at Thirst as a bartender and worked her way up with the help of her determination. Her confidence has grown tremendously while working at Thirst. The cocktail that quenches her Thirst is our Tropical Butterfly.  

When did you start working here and what was your first impression of the Thirst lifestyle?

“I started out as a bartender at Thirst and completed my bartenders’ course in January of 2016. After about 9 months I moved up the ranks to the staffing and event manager. I always saw Thirst as a fun and creative environment where you can have fun while working. That was really appealing to me as I was very new in the bar and hospitality industry and being a young enthusiastic ‘sponge’ I wanted to do and learn everything I could.”

Is there anyone in your industry that inspires you? (Social media influencers included, of course)?

“I must say one of the biggest reasons I am in the position I am in today is because of my mentor and good friend Cassandra Eichhoff, who worked at Thirst when I started. She taught me to follow my gut, and opened my eyes to many new things with regards to client relationships and showed me how to establish myself in this industry. She taught me always to be humble, no matter how far up the ladder you go. I don’t think I could ever thank her enough for taking me under her wing as her protégé.

Hopefully, one day would like to ‘scout’ my own protégé and show them everything that I’ve learnt over the years as well as from Cass and everyone else who has inspired me through my journey.”

Would you recommend this industry and profession to other women?

“100% yes. It teaches you to be confident and to fight for what you believe in, whether it’s a small or big matter. At the end of the day every ‘matter’ matters. It is a very fun environment to be in. At the moment the bar industry is very male-dominated. However, there has been a massive change in regards to women getting brand ambassador positions as well as head bartender positions in some of South Africa’s top bars.”

#PayItForward- Sabrina gives her advice to women who are just starting their careers:

“Just keep moving forward and doing things. Never stagnate. If you are unhappy, move on and try different avenues in the same company or move onto something new. Never be scared to take an opportunity if it will benefit you greatly. At the end of the day you never want to burn any bridges, but as we know, we are the only ones who can really make ourselves happy and take care of ourselves. In this lifetime we do not have the luxury of ‘dependency’. That goes for family, friends and colleagues. So always ensure you keep doing you, and you’ll be surprised at how far you can go.”

Sabrina

 Nicole

Nicole is our dependable and well-rounded events coordinator, admin and salesperson. We depend on her for many essential tasks and has worked at Thirst since 2017. Her favourite cocktail is Vanilla Pomegranate Sours.

Started from the bottom and now you’re here – what is your position at Thirst and how have you grown in your position? (Professionally and personally)

“I started out as a waitress and bartender – not sure where I would end up. It took me years to find my passion and drive. I couldn’t be happier with where I am now and what I have achieved. Thirst has helped me grow in so many ways like knowledge, confidence and experience.”

Has your #ThirstforLife taught you any valuable lessons along the way?

“Definitely. Nothing is impossible, never settle for average, nothing will reward your life and work more than personal development. If you want to be great, you must have great habits.”

What has been your favourite moment at Thirst?

“I think it will have to be the amazing events that you get to be a part of and the great team you get to work with.”

#PayItForward- Nicole gives her advice to women who are just starting their careers:

“Do not be hesitant to contribute your knowledge or to share your ideas. Some might see it as showing off, but if you have something valuable to add to the discussion do not worry about what others would think. Be bold and brave. Always keep on learning.”

Nicole

Chevaun

Chevaun is our dynamic, sassy, pug-loving staffing and quoting manager. She knew she had a Thirst for Experiences the second she walked in for her interview. Chevaun favourite cocktail is Aperol Spritz.

Looking back, is there anything you wish you had done differently in your career (or no regrets)?

“I have no regrets. I only wish I had found Thirst sooner, and I am looking forward to continuing to grow.”

Has your #ThirstforLife taught you any valuable lessons along the way?

“Plenty. The biggest thing that I have learnt is that you shouldn’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. If you want something, you have to go for it, and you’ll learn along the way.”

What has been your favourite moment at Thirst?

“I would say when I successfully staffed the bars for Ultra Music Festival 2018. Finding, briefing and staffing about 100 bartenders that did an amazing job was quite an achievement.”

#PayItForward- Chevaun gives her advice to women who are just starting their careers:

“Believe in yourself, always be willing to go the extra mile, and don’t be afraid of working hard and going for what you want.”

 

Chevaun

Palesa

Palesa is a kind-hearted and understanding person who thrives on efficiency and professionalism in her work. Her favourite cocktail is either the Tropical Butterfly, Va Va Voom or Spiced Mojito.

When did you first start working here and what was your first impression of the Thirst lifestyle?

“I started working for Thirst in 2013 as a receptionist. The lifestyle was very different from where I had come from, I found it to be a fun and professional at the same time. I am now a Sales Administrator, I have learnt a lot of new things in this position and how to deal with clients, this position has changed me somewhat from an introvert to a semi extrovert, still have to work on that.”

Has your #ThirstforLife taught you any valuable lessons along the way?

“To be a team player, in order to communicate effectively with all our departments.”

Looking back, is there anything you wish you had done differently in your career (or no regrets)?

“No regrets, I appreciate all the skills Thirst has taught me thus far.

#PayItForward – Palesa gives her advice to women who are just starting their careers:

“Keep strong, be professional at all times, learn new skills and be headstrong.” 

Palesa

The women of Thirst have all proved to be treasured members of our team. Their hard work and dedication to our company is something we admire. We strive to uphold the right working environment for these women to continue to grow and flourish.

This Women’s Day, we ask that you look a little closer at the women in your life, and appreciate the incredible contributions they add to it. Which women in your life inspire you the most?

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