Celebrating Growth – Percival Petersen
As part of our Celebrating Growth series, our next Sigma Connected colleague to be placed under the spotlight is 28-year-old Percival Petersen.
Based in our Woodstock offices in South Africa, Percival has recently been promoted into a Team Leader role, working on our Debtline campaigns which help people reduce and address their debt issues.
Percival joined us seven years ago as an Agent and has built a reputation as a colleague who is a strong communicator and someone who is seen as a mark of excellence in the business.
In his new role, after working through various departments to build his experience, he now has a team of five reporting into him who look to him for daily and strategic guidance.
After a tough upbringing in a deprived Western Cape community, Percival appreciates the faith Sigma have shown in him which has allowed him to progress his career and on a personal level.
He said: “My career plans took a very different direction as I originally planned to study tourism and travel, but the pressure to earn money for my family meant I went straight into employment.”
“When I joined Sigma in 2015, I thought it would be stop gap before moving on to other things. I was lacking in confidence and skills, but gradually I realised this was a special place where if I worked hard, I could succeed and repay the faith and investment in me. It’s gone so well that I really do see a long-term future here.”
Percival is also making full use of our learning and development programme as he is keen to keep improving – which includes regularly meeting with his own line manager who also acts as a coach and mentor.
He adds: “I am really happy in my current role and to have the opportunity to push myself in a culture which cannot help but inspire you. Ultimately, having the constant support through our learning programme, and gaining more experience as a people manager, will help push me to the next level in the coming years when I’d love to step into an Operations Manager role. I think it’s positive to map out that future for yourself.
“More than anything, I see Sigma as a business where you really can see the company’s values inspiring you and those around you. Two of them, ‘always better’ and ‘always adapting’, really do drive me to improve every single day and when I see them illuminated around our offices.”
Our Celebrating Growth series can be viewed HERE on our website.