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    Work & life: Shirley Ruiz

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    With a bucket list as long as her arm, Shirley Ruiz, EA at HSBC, can’t wait to travel to more countries and experience their cultures – but just make sure a Passionfruit Martini is waiting for her when she returns home.

    What inspired you to start a career as a PA?

    Originally, I was working as an office manager at an architect’s company. The experiences and knowledge I gained inspired me to make better use of my skills. Being highly organised, efficient and having a veracious attitude, it was the right time to start my career as a PA.

    What’s been your proudest moment to date?

    Being a single mother. My proudest moment so far is having two wonderful grown-up sons, owning my own property and having a fantastic job. I also recently purchased a new car after 16 years of driving my ‘vintage’ car.

    Do you have a favourite techie app that helps you with your daily routine?

    My banking app is a great time saver for paying my bills and transferring funds.

    What’s your work mantra?

    Be kind, work hard, stay humble and smile often. Time is precious, so use it wisely.

    What’s on your bucket list?

    I have a long list, but I make a goal each year to travel abroad to at least three countries. So far this year I have travelled to Palermo Italy, Bagheria, Cefalu, Messina, Mount Etna and Taormina. I am contemplating possibly going on a Norwegian Fjords Cruise for my birthday treat in October.

    If you were a cocktail what would you be?

    It would definitely be a Passionfruit Martini.

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