Bahrain: The downside to living in the midst of Demonstrating Arabia/ Hard work the only route to success...
University degrees are a good start but not a free ticket to a high-flying successful career, necessarily
"Make it all Stop!"
This letter is to all the residents of Bahrain. I'm writing this while hearing the blaring horns and the whirring of helicopter blades. There are screeching of tyres as well.
What exactly is the use of all this? There are so many other ways to have your say, like writing or voting. All these noisy endeavours will only result in a more polluted Bahrain. And think about the wastage of fuel, not to mention time, while more responsible people try to get home in time or go about their daily lives trying to negotiate the car-packed roads. Why doesn't it all end? And when can we get our old peaceful Bahrain back?
Hard work the only route to success.
While reading the report 'BTI students urge reforms' (GDN, March 1), one statement by Sayed Abdulla Al Alawi struck me. The 19-year-old said everyone he knew was facing problems of unemployment and low salaries.
He said: "As salaries were just BD300 per month, people are not able to buy a house, purchase land or get married. Everyone has problems ...but we see people coming here, getting land, a house, a good job and good salary."
He also said his brother graduated with a BA degree in banking but couldn't get a good job with decent pay and is now working in reception and earns only BD300.
As a hard working Bahraini, let me state my points: I completed my BSc in business administration in 2005 and worked for the first five months without any pay (despite being a Bahraini).
Then, my first salary from the company was BD60. I continued for another six months and was happy to spend only on necessities.
I worked my way up my career and salary ladder through the years with dedication. My salary rose to BD200, then BD300, BD400, BD450, BD550, BD600, BD700, BD800, BD850 to BD950 now. It took me more than six years to reach this level, but I am happy I have worked my way through to earn it.
The moral of the story: you need to work your way up the financial ladder. It doesn't come just because you have a degree. You need experience which comes with time. The people you see coming here and getting land, house, good job and good salary are those who have worked hard to reach these positions. I am sure they are not fresh graduates like you or your brother.
Brother Sayed, what you can do is work your way up and aim for the top. In four to five years, I am sure, you will be able to reach that position and replace them. I am a living example.
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