Starting a new job is always a bit nerve-wracking. Starting a new job, remotely, during a worldwide pandemic, adds another layer to the experience, you could say.
But the wonderful Mulesa has taken it all in her stride and she’s been a joy to work with during these strange times.
Joining us as a junior social media manager, she has a broad range of interests and talents.
Third culture kid. Creative late bloomer. UCT and UP graduate, researcher, jewellery designer, social media manager, blogger and content creator. Loves gaming, big earrings, doughnuts and trivia. LLM in human rights. Always up for a new challenge. Passionate about women’s rights advocacy.
We asked her a few questions so you can get to know her better.
What’s it been like joining the Pomegranite team remotely as a result of the pandemic?
It’s been a bit of a strange experience but, then again, 2020 has been a strange year so far, in general! It’s a little challenging trying to integrate into a team without having face-to-face contact with anyone. We’re living in an age where it’s becoming increasingly common to work for someone you’ve never met IRL, especially now because of the pandemic. However, nothing beats human contact. I think that Pomegranite’s policy and system for working from home (created prior to the lockdown) facilitate seamless communication among members of the team as if we were in the office. I am somewhat used to operating from home, having done remote consulting and social media work so this doesn’t feel too different. Although I really cannot wait to work from the physical office, I still feel like I’ve hit the ground running with work and have had a warm virtual welcome from everyone. So I think I’m integrating, slowly but surely, into the Pomegranite family!
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was little, I dreamed of being a writer! From a young age, I always saw myself doing work that involved a lot of writing. I used to dabble in all sorts of incredibly random writing projects – creating my own magazines, writing TV show ideas and crafting short stories as a teenager. As I got older, my creative side became quite dormant until about five years ago when I started blogging. I’ve always enjoyed writing, research, reading and telling stories so I haven’t yet abandoned my dream completely!
What’s your favourite thing about social media?
My favourite thing about social media is the ease and speed with which one can obtain and share information about pretty much anything. Despite all the fake news in circulation, social media is a great way to keep up to date with current affairs, popular culture and the like. There is also so much inspiring content too, if you know where to look.
Tell us one surprising thing about you.
I can’t swallow tablets and pills. It’s a little embarrassing to admit, especially at my age but I’ve struggled with this for most of my life. My family finds this very strange!
We are all so looking forward to the day when we can work together in our lovely office. But until then, Zoom calls are not the worst way to get to know someone!