This whole week is ‘5 Days Of Career’ on the blog where I’m sharing profiles of super relatable and confident working women, tips from HR pros, workwear inspiration and a whole lot more.
Continuing the Women At Work series with two more extremely real stories today. If you missed the first part, check it out here. There will be two stories everyday (along with other posts!).
I haven’t edited the answers the girls’ sent me (except some punctuation/grammar/flow here and there) because I wanted to retain their voice and hopefully you can hear them speak through their words (I actually can!).
Family Situation: It’s just the three of us right now; my husband, myself and our energetic little daughter. She is 5 and a half Masha’Allah.
I actually have a BS in Computer Sciences from FAST, Islamabad. I worked a typical desk job in a multinational after graduating. I hated it though and had the privilege of being able to take a break from that lifestyle once I got married and moved to Seattle. I basically spent the next few years switching between utter laziness/getting frustrated at work options/researching educational opportunities/discovering myself.. Until, just by chance I stumbled upon photography. Initially it was only a hobby and it was only in recent years that I started thinking of it as my work!
Starting a business around your creative interest can feel scary at times and you might have to step out of your comfort zone many times, but taking risks is important. Learn from every mistake that you make. For me, there has been no better teacher than experience. At the end of the day, as a business owner your goal is leaving a happy client. Even if a client is being difficult or unreasonable remember that your customer is always right and you should do whatever is possible to leave them satisfied. As desis sometimes we aren’t very professional with our business dealings and to me that is extremely important – even if in the beginning, you are working for friends and people that you know, make sure that when they pay you, they are getting your absolute best work! After working with mostly the desi community around here, I have learned that if you are professional, people will be professional with you too.
This was never the career path I thought I would take back in university studying Computer Science (though all the while hating programming and wondering why the hell was I there). I definitely stumbled across this path and I am very happy that I did!
I’m currently teaching at the Trainers Allied School which is located near my house while continuing my studies as well (I am in my final semester of BS in computer science). I decided to work to gain some experience and exposure into practical life and I really enjoy it all a lot.
If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like (and drop a comment if you really feel generous). I am so grateful to these girls for sharing this information so candidly and I’d love it if you’d give them a high-five (I really want them to feel appreciated #please).
AND, look out for some amazing career tips from my best friend/HR superhero tomorrow afternoon as well as two more of these awesome working women stories in the evening!
See the entire 5 Days Of Career series so far, here.