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Maryke Lessing


About Maryke Lessing:

In my 27 years in retail, I have been involved in various aspects of training and development. I served in management role from 2000 to 2006. In my junior management I was extensively involved in store training of non-CFTA products. I was also actively involved in planning and execution of store events on promotional periods. As  the store assistant manager I was involved in staff interviews, onboarding and product training. Of the 46 people that reported to me, 7 was promoted into store management in the 2 years I was managing them. All of the management positions involved personal development plans, goal setting as well as key performance indicators.

At head office level I was involved in various product projects as well as systems development specifically for the cosmetics area. I also assisted in system and product application in Africa stores.

As to training and development, I assisted many new employees to integrate into the department processes. I was also a mentor for the Edcon Edgars graduate leanership programme.

During this time I decided to study part-time at the University of the Witwatersrand. I did majors in psychology, sociology and marketing. Psychology on part time included industrial psychology subjects. One of with I received merit award. 
I am currently a student pursuing my Honours in Psychology and I am volenteering at the South Africa Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG)
My aim is to move to a healthcare environment to develop my skills in this industry

Over my retail years I have developed strong analytical, negotiating, mentoring, development and facilitating skills.
I believe I have the require knowledge and experience for this position


Proactive, customer-orientated professional with over 27 years of experience in retail. Efficient in product roadmap development, market research and data analysis. Highly skilled in identifying opportunities to maximize revenue. Always looking to learn new skills, take on extra responsibilities, and grow professionally.

Furthermore a hardworking college student. Bringing forth a motivated attitude and a variety of powerful skills. Adept in various social media platforms and office technology programs. Committed to utilising my skills further in the health and social science fields


I am currently completing my honours degree at Varsity college. I believe that psychology is the gateway to understand, relate and help any person, organisation even states. 

I also took Sociology as a major to my undergraduate at the Universityof the Witwatersrand.  This gave me deeper insight into South African culture, communities and a fundamental knowledge to be able to read and “talk” to the South African. 

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