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. There will be two stories everyday (along with other posts!).
How did you get into this line of work? And how long have you been doing this?
Do you think you can continue to do this in the long-term?Yes, I enjoy consulting a lot, and you learn something new everyday. I have the flexibility to move from industry to industry, learn applications of different technologies and work in different areas of business according to what I want to shape my career as. I enjoy the variety and the responsibility as well as being on the forefront of new changes in technology and how to use it to improve the lives of people around the world since there is a huge focus on charity within the company.I always wanted to do consultancy, but since one moves from project to project, they may not all be what you wanted to do and it can be frustrating but I have found that as cliché as it sounds, everything is a learning experience and if you do a good job it will open more opportunities in the future.
How did you move out of Pakistan and find placement in the UK? Do you have any tips for people looking for employment in a location different to theirs? I studied in the UK for a year so I was able to attend interviews/assessment centers in person which is generally a requirement. Getting a UK work visa is incredibly difficult especially in the last couple of years due to new laws since companies have to pay for sponsorship for non UK and EU residents. In their application process most companies will point out that they do not sponsor visas.But big companies and consultancies are still more willing to pay sponsorship fees if they see potential in you. They want the best talent around the world and if you can prove that you will be an asset to them, they can arrange sponsorship. If you are currently in the country you want to work in, it is a bit easier since you can shift your visa status but if you apply from another country for a new visa altogether then it takes longer but generally the company will help you through the process.
4. Market yourself on a small scale first. You can find a lot of people on Facebook UAE pages looking for people who can provide home-made food. Start by posting status on different UAE groups to see response and get a few orders to get started.
Yes. I want to grow and be recognized so I’ll expand/transform this into something large-scale (full-time restaurant or chef). My main aim is to learn and understand the industry before I make this my full-time work. Such work can also suit someone who wants to do it part-time only; you can easily work from home and continue on a small-scale for as long as you want.You can follow Anum’s Cuisine on Facebook here and Instagram here.
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See the entire 5 Days Of Career series so far, here.Disclaimer: All opinions expressed in this post are in the interviewee’s own personal capacity and do not reflect those of her employer (where applicable).