The decision to work in KSA
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is derived from the first book of the Bible, I am Genesis, an expat worker from the Philippines and currently working and living here in the wonderful country of Saudi Arabia – the holiest land of Islam.
How I end-up here in Saudi Arabia?
My decision to work here in the Kingdom was based upon on the fact that, searching for a better job opportunity in the Philippines is quite difficult. Especially for a fresh graduate like me. I have completed a degree in Bachelor of Science in Communication Management back in 2012.
Straight after earning my degree in the Philippines, I have tried to find a local job – searching day and night. Yet, finding a job there proved to be elusive for a fresh graduate and inexperienced person. Despite having almost excellent grades in the university and graduated with flying colors
Desperately Looking for Job
I was desperate to find a job to support my parents and siblings until I thought of applying for Saudi Arabia. During the job interview, I have impressed the employer, being a graduate of Communication Management. Thus English is almost my primary language and writing is my pastime.
I was hired on the spot, but I was not totally happy, perhaps applying for work abroad was my last resort to help my family. Speaking of family, I have four siblings – one elder brother and three younger sisters and my parents of course.
My First Impression of Saudi Arabia
I remember it was June 13, 2012, the day before my birthday, I flew to Saudi Arabia full of hope and uncertainties. I arrived in Saudi Arabia on my birthday, as if it was a birthday gift from God. I was completely amazed by the differences between my country and KSA.
Saudi Arabia is vast and mostly desert land, it was my first time seeing a desert place. I was awed and surprised that the entire place is covered with fine brownish and reddish sand.
I was fascinated by their huge houses and unique buildings. I fell in love with the country due to its peacefulness and tranquility. Saudi Arabia is quiet and serene very different from anywhere else.
What About the Culture and the People?
Honestly, I truly respect and love the Saudi culture, Saudis are indeed very conservative people. I was deeply impressed by their way of living, men and women are dressing modestly when in public places. Men are wearing a white long dress and all women including expatriates are wearing “abaya” when in public places.
Saudi People are Friendly
Just like everywhere in the world, Saudis are friendly, accommodating and generous people. My Saudi workmates and colleagues in the office are very supportive, they are helpful and easy to get along with. My first job in Saudi Arabia was from a contracting company where I was supplied with a massive company, after completing my contract. I left that company and joined a huge international I.T company.
Currently, I am working in my dream company, the biggest and the largest oil industry in the world. The business line that provides the majority of the wealth and revenue of the kingdom. Being in this company is a dream-come-true, I have never expected that I would be able to work here.
My work here in Saudi Arabia greatly helped me a lot to provide my needs and support my family back home. I am among the ten million expat workers in this land we called our second home – Saudi Arabia. The country that I will always be grateful for opening its doors to us, a country that I would always LOVE.
Do you want to know how I got hired by my dream company? Then watch out for my next post about how I ended-up being hired by the biggest energy company in the world.
The author is currently based in Saudi Arabia, the holiest land of Islam. He’s a full-time employee of the largest energy company in the world. He’s a graduate of Communication Management, loves to write and travel.