This whole week was ‘5 Days Of Career’ on the blog. I love you guys for all the support and love shown for the entire series, the contributing women and me.
Work schedule: Full-time.Fixed hours 7 am to 3 pm. Children attend from 8 am to 1 pm which is when my schedule is very controlled – can’t look at my phone, or take any kind of break, except the hurried bathroom breaks of course, making sure there’s at least one other adult in the class. Vacations are fixed as well so I don’t get to take any leaves according to my personal schedule. Can only be off when the program is off, namely the one week in March for spring break, Christmas break at the end of the year and two weeks in summer. If I do take a leave any other time, it has to be approved, and is also unpaid.
Family Situation: My own family and in-laws back in Pakistan. I came to Dubai 2 years ago after getting married. My husband’s a banker and also has crazy working hours. So it works out in my favor that I am very busy at least half of the day. This job has been a life-saver that way.
How did you get into this line of work? And how long have you been doing this?
I think to be able to work with special needs children, it is VERY important to get a feeler first to see if you have the knack, patience, and spirit for it. It is not easy to repeatedly have a child spit in your face, or kick, hit, bite or pinch you and still manage to keep your calm. An internship or volunteer work are a fantastic way to find this out for yourself.
Do you think you can continue to do this in the long-term?
Did you start this as a fully thought-out career?
Didn’t really think about it. Graduated and there was this job being advertised by Beaconhouse. This is a niche market, it is difficult to find people with the required expertise/experience/ qualifications. I got in on the basis of my volunteer work experience and there was no looking back since. They were planning to hire all goras from abroad but lucky for them they found me. I wouldn’t have cost them as much and it was a big opportunity for me, getting trained and mentored by foreign professionals all the time, so it was a win-win situation.
Family Situation: I’ve been married for half a decade now and have twin three year old torpedoes.
Do you think you can continue your new venture in the long-term?