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Never ever give up

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Saturday, July 15, 2017

NEVER give up, don't lose hope, believe in yourself and you will get there.

Neelam Kavita Sharma says these were the motivating factors which drove her to become the successful person she is today.

The simple yet elegant Suva-based lawyer is nothing but an inspirational figure to many young people who may think that life is just a roller-coaster.

Neelam is the general manager legal at Credit Corporation in Suva and has a daughter who is in Year 1.

Despite her busy schedule and having to juggle her time between the demands of work and motherhood, Neelam always manages to put a smile or two on her face because she believes there is more to life than just work and money.

She is also part of the Leadership Fiji program, something which motivated her to look at life from a different and broader perspective.

Most of Neelam's young days were spent in Canada and in Suva before pursuing a law course at the University of the South Pacific.

"I was a pure science student, I wanted to do dentistry but I did not get the scholarship and my mother always wanted me to be a lawyer so I said 'OK why don't we give it a go'," Neelam said.

"So here I am 12 years already in practice.

"After graduating, my first year in a private firm was as an associate lawyer and from there, I had joined Credit Corporation, started off as manager legal and I got promoted to GM Legal.

"My husband is also a lawyer, we met in law school and he runs his own law firm in his hometown Nausori."

The life of being a working mother is a struggle for Neelam especially as she wants the best for her daughter who is now a Year 1 student.

"It's not easy being a working mother and life was harder when I became a mother but it is at the same time beautiful.

"To have this job which is quite demanding at times and also have a daughter who you want to grow up to be a good person and you always want to be there, it hasn't been easy but with the support of my husband, life has been good."

To achieve success, the outspoken Neelam said a person would of course have to struggle in the beginning as she or he would have to prove themselves as to which direction they wanted to take.

Neelam said hard work also meant a lot of sacrifices.

The Leadership Fiji program, she said, had taught her a lot of life's lessons apart from just being focused on work alone.

"We are so busy that all we know is work and money.

"When I joined Leadership Fiji, four months now, it has been an interesting journey and the best part is meeting all these different kinds of people from different walks of life made me think outside the box and I would encourage young people in the management and supervisory roles to join it," she said.

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