Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Young Saudis pursue career dreams despite the odds  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 15/01/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!



(MENAFN - Arab News) One needs to leave no stone unturned on the road to self-satisfaction, which is a concept well-known to the young generation of Saudis

Often, the paucity of career guidance in the Kingdom leads to youth making wrong decisions either in choosing a major at college or a job at a later stage which results in a constant shift from one job to another in the hope of finding one that will suit their passion

"Change is very difficult," says Muhammad Obeidallah, a Saudi director and producer at Smart Penguin Productions who graduated from KFUPM with a bachelor's degree in engineering.

He rediscovered himself later through the extra curricular activities he had back then. "I played different roles in more than 30 plays and also directed 15 plays during my 8 years of study at King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals," Muhammad said. "By the end of my studies, I had a theater group and we produced a feature film on a shoestring budget of SR2,000. The film was screened for two days in the KFUPM theater in December 2005. The film was sold out with an audience of more than 1,400 people," he said

Pursuing his dream, Muhammad sold everything in Saudi Arabia and moved to Canada. "I first worked in small jobs like managing front desk work but I learned so much. Then I studied for a certificate in film studies at Ryerson University in Toronto which introduced me to the scientific background of film making. After that I studied for an intensive one-year diploma in film production at the Vancouver film school," Muhammad continued.

Commenting on the difficulties he encountered in the pursuit of his passion, Muhammad said, "My family wanted me to continue in the engineering field for a better future. Some of my family members even tried to talk me out of it saying it was haram (against Islamic instructions).

Asked on whether he had fulfilled his dream, Muhammad said, "Well, I am getting there. In 2012, I finished school and established a small production company in Vancouver with a friend of mine to work on films. My graduation film project received an award at the Indie Fest in California and was screened at the Gulf Film Festival in Dubai last April.

Ghassan Haidari is another example of Saudi youth who are making drastic career changes. "I was told that Saudi society wouldn't consider it respectable to have someone with my profession," said Ghassan, a 24-year-old Saudi chef who left his medical engineering internship to pursue his dream of becoming a cook. "My journey began as a child when I would save my weekly pocket money only to spend it on buying ingredients for my recipes I made during the weekends," he said

Ghassan said he was challenged by the gender-based profession which is socially accepted for females only in Saudi society. "I was asked to leave many online cooking forums because I was a man and told that cooking was for women only. As a cooking major is not enlisted on the King Abdullah Internships Program, I had to cook to pay the fees in the cooking school in Canada."

"I refused to become a medical engineer and live the life of someone else. I have always known that my passion is cooking and I'm lucky to have supportive parents, friends, and instructors who supported my daring decision," Ghassan said

To help the young generation make the right choices regarding majors and careers, Rawabi Holdings Group of Companies, located in Alkhobar has created Youth Empowerment Programs.

"Everybody in Saudi Arabia wants his child to be either a doctor or an engineer whether he has the potential or not. We try to lead each individual to what he wants to do in life," said Farah Al-Ghamdi, Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Rawabi Holdings

 


Arab News




  MENA News Headlines
 Jan 25 2015 - Oman's Suez subsidiary signs USD37m landfill contractMENAFN
(MENAFN) Suez Environment via its local subsidiary Sita Al Basheer has won a contract to design, build and operate the expansion of the landfill site for five years. The total amount of the contract ...

 Jan 25 2015 - Saudi- Kingdoms economy expected to expand 3.22 this yearArab News
(MENAFN - Arab News) DUBAI: Cheap oil will slow growth in most Gulf Arab economies this year but heavy spending by governments and healthy private sector activity will prevent any serious slump a ...

 Jan 25 2015 - Egypt awards USD112.04m contract for rail systemMENAFN
(MENAFN) Egyptian National Railways (ENR) said that it has awarded Alstom a USD112.04 million contract for the supplying of signaling equipment for the Beni Suef-Asyut line in Egypt, as well as its ...

 Jan 25 2015 - UAE's inflation hits 6-year high in DecemberMENAFN
(MENAFN) According to the figures released by the United Arab Emirates National Bureau of Statistics, the increase by more than 5 percent in the housing and utility costs led the UAE's inflation rate ...

 Jan 25 2015 - Dubai's Drake & Scull unit wins USD49m contractMENAFN
(MENAFN) Dubai's Drake & Scull International (DSI) said that one of its subsidies won a USD49 million engineering contract in the emirate, Gulf Business reported.Under the signed contract, the ...

 Jan 25 2015 - Dubai's Deyaar net profit down 43 percent in Q4MENAFN
(MENNAFN) Dubai's Deyaar Development said that it has registered a decline by 43 percent in its net profit during the October-December period of 2014, Gulf Business reported.During the fourth quarter ...

 Jan 25 2015 - Renault's GCC sales up 44 percent in 2014MENAFN
(MENAFN) Renault announced that it has registered a 44 percent increase in its sales within the region during 2014, which led by Dubai resulted in the manufacturer selling 23.626 vehicles, Emirates ...

 Jan 25 2015 - Sharjah firm to build solar power plantMENAFN
(MENAFN) Bee'ah, a Sharjah-based waste management company, announced that it is planning to build a solar power plant in the emirate with a capacity to generate more than 20 megawatts, Emirates 24/7 ...

 Jan 25 2015 - Bahraini JBG invest USD2.44m on expansion in GCCMENAFN
(MENAFN) Bahrain-based Jawad Business Group (JBG) announced that it was planning to expand its business in the UAE and the GCC by opening 10 new stores this year, with an investment of over USD2.44 ...

 Jan 25 2015 - Dubai Arabtec wins USD152m contractsMENAFN
(MENAFN) Dubai's Arabtec Holding announced that it has won two contracts in Abu Dhabi, through its Target Engineering unit, with the contracts having a combined value of USD152.5 million, Emirates ...

more...


 






Google

Internatinal Property Show

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help