Looking For Greener Pasture
It’s everyone’s dream to land a better job and prosperous career after finishing a degree to provide our needs and support our families. But finding a good company is already a difficult challenge for everyone, how much more getting hired by the biggest energy company in the world?
My journey to my dream company started back in 2012 when I first arrived in Saudi Arabia looking for a greener pasture. My first company was a manpower supply agency that provides staff to reputable companies in the kingdom.
My First Company in Saudi Arabia
I was supplied and worked as a subcontractor to the biggest company in Saudi Arabia, the company is also deemed as the biggest energy company not only in the Middle East but in the world.
The company is so great that almost all nationalities and professionals knew about it, and wanted to be part of it. Since I was new at that time, fresh from the Philippines, I do not know the company’s history and its reputations at all, until I got my chance to work there as a contractor.
Being a contractor is tough, you are held on the neck by your sponsor with very low salary and limited benefits. While I was working there, I could not stop myself to dream of becoming a regular employee soon. But becoming a direct employee is next to impossible considering the companies rigid qualifications required. I was very young at that time with less work experience.
Patience and Determination
However, age and experience proved immaterial to a person who has the determination and passion to learn. In just a short period of time, I was able to master my job and the daily activities in the office being an Administrative Assistant. Since my work is merely administrative support, I found it easy and light. Although sometimes it is stressful dealing with different colleagues and nationalities in the workplace.
Working in the administration requires patience as you are reporting directly to your superior and if you are unlucky, you may end up working with a not too friendly boss. I was fortunate the last boss that I had was indeed very professional and treat everyone with respect like his friends and family members.
Got Hired by My Second Company in Saudi
My workmates in the office were like my families too, mostly senior employees of the company. While I was there, I took the opportunity to apply for a better company which would hire me directly as a regular employee.
One day, I got a call from an unfamiliar person, she’s an HR (Human Resource) employee of a multi-billion dollar international I.T company based in the U.S. informing me that I was among the shortlisted for the final interview. The company has opened a new branch in Saudi Arabia and looking for Administration Manager.
Upon hearing the news, I have already claimed that I would be hired, although the interview has not taken place yet. As if I have predicted the result of the final interview, I was overwhelmed with joy and very excited to attend the interview. During the final interview, I was able to answer their questions with flying colors.
Jobs interviews are no longer surprising to me, as I have honed myself to answering tricky questions. Back in my college days, I have joined several competitions on an impromptu and public speaking. A nerve-wracking competition in the college-wide, the competition begins by giving you a topic to answer and expound on a given time.
Remembering My College Days
I was the champion on impromptu speaking for three consecutive years from 2nd to 4th year in college. Therefore, ambush interviews are no longer unusual to me, thanks to my college experience in joining public speaking contests, it has really helped a lot with what I am now.
A week after the final interview, the result came out – I was hired and offered to work for the company as soon as possible. I was stunned by the salary offered, it was ten times higher than my previous pay. It was a turning point in my life; I have immediately submitted my resignation letter to my company and flown back to the Philippines to process my documents back to KSA.
This multi-billion dollar company has branches all around the world, even in the Philippines. I was welcomed at the Philippine branch in Manila, although I was hired in Saudi branch. The company headquarters is in Teaneck New Jersey, the company is listed in the “Fortune 500.” Fortune 500, is a global ranking of the biggest and richest public companies in the world.
Going Back to Saudi Arabia
After my work visa was approved, I had flown back to Saudi Arabia and managed a satellite office in Dammam as Admin Manager. I am all alone in the office in Dammam, I loved it as I don’t like working with too many people around. I like the nature of my job too, my work mainly involved arranging the logistics of our associates working in Saudi Arabia.
I have to ensure that they are taken cared upon arriving in the kingdom, I am also the focal point of contact between Dammam and our main office in Riyadh. I was accommodated in a very comfortable place, I lived in the hotel for a year paid by the company.
I Need to go Back Home
However, my happiness in this new company was short-lived, I have to leave and go back to the Philippines. Wanna know the reason why? Find out on my next blog! See you there.
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.