I am going to share with you a story of an obedient girl brought up
with traditional Asian values, such as respecting elders, helping
out the family as and when required. To show your siblings a
disciplined lifestyle which they can look up to and follow. And if
eldest- being the best at everything is expected! So from a young age,
at the weekends you either looked after your
younger siblings or helped out at the family business.
name is Mehak Naheem I am the eldest of 5 children. The story being
shared with you is 100% genuine and real coming straight from the
horse's mouth. The reason I share this with you is so that you can
follow my journey, see the obstacles I had to face and the hardship I
suffered because I had belief in something, wanting
it so bad!
years ago having worked in the corporate world and realising I was
getting nowhere fast, I decided to take control of my future. You see
previous to this I had been a hard working individual, I left school in
5th year and went straight to University. While all my friends stayed
on for their last year in school, enjoying the privileges given to the
elder kids, I was more concerned about getting on with my education by
starting an Accounting degree.
During my studies I helped out at my family's business on weekends and
worked in the evenings as a sales advisor at a call centre. It was
pretty tough, I had no time for myself due to the commitments but I
thought my life would get easier after my graduation. When my degree
had completed I started my first 'proper' job as a Finance Assistant.
Whilst working I remember thinking that the role did not have much
relevance to my degree and that almost anyone could have carried it
out. I thought my skills are going to waste, so I searched for another
position hoping my talent would be recognised. Company to company I was
doing the same sort of tasks, I soon realised that the pay wasn't great
and I hated having to report to someone.
Even then I knew
day I would be in a much better position than my seniors.
was very monotonous and repetitive. I had had so much drive and
enthusiasm about my future but this was just so demotivating! I dreaded
having to get up every morning for the same routine. The hour long
drive to work, pretending I was satisified with my job - I had been
applying around the job market for suitable positions with better pay
but they all wanted more experience or qualifications. Having left my
studies for a while I did not want to go back and experience would take
time to build.
I knew that there
entrepreneurial trait in me, coming from a business-minded family,
having studied in the Business field, despising orders at work from
colleagues and thinking of how to earn more money!