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Career Story: November 2020

Image of old typewriter with a statement saying "What's Your Story?"

1.) Name (Alias may be used)

Uzair Usman

2.) Age (Optional but useful)

Ages 25 - 34

3.) What's your Current or Past Career Title?

Co-founder and CEO

4.) What kind of education, training, or background does your job require?

MSC Management

5.) What made you choose this career path? Was it something you loved or grew to love?

I come from a business family - my father was orphaned at the age of 13 and despite years of struggle was able to build a multi-million dollar business and give us a life of luxury.

His hard work and determination were always an inspiration for me and I always wanted to replicate his success and his contributions to the family and society.

However, things did not start very well for me. Due to family issues, I could never be part of the family business and instead had to build my own career.

I took up a job as a University teacher and worked at an NGO, before becoming an independent consultant and saving enough money to start my own business.

6.) What are/were your main responsibilities in your role? And what kinds of decisions do/did you make?

My main responsibilities include:

1. Finding new clients

2. Managing communication with clients

3. Managing my team to ensure we can provide quality work for our clients

4. Payroll management and all HR decisions

7.) What is/was a typical day (or week) like for you?

My typical week starts off very busy as on Monday, I usually have meetings with all my team remembers to provide them with last week's feedback and plan the week ahead.

No two weeks are the same.

The slowest day is usually a Saturday. I also work on a Sunday (but not my team) and this is because I need to dedicate time with some clients who work in the Middle East, where Sunday is a weekday.

8.) What do/did you love and hate most about your work?

I love the thrill of closing a deal and making my client happy - no better feelings

9.) What kinds of accomplishments tend to be valued and rewarded in this field?

The only accomplishment that is valued or rewarded is to satisfy the need and requirements of the client. Nothing more, nothing less.

10.) What skills, abilities, and personal attributes are essential to succeed in this field?

Hard work and determination, thick skin in order to work with all kinds of people. The ability to sacrifice family life for a couple of years and excellent people/communication skills

11.) How does/did your job affect your general lifestyle? (Do/Did you feel like you have/ had a work-life balance?)

It is very difficult to maintain a work-life balance. I have clients all over the world, from as far away as Indonesia and Singapore, to Ireland, Hungary, and the United States.

Working round the clock is pretty normal.

12.) If you could do it all over again, would you choose the same path for yourself? If not, what would you change?

The only thing I would change would be to have started my business earlier.

13.) Do you feel that your career/ past career has put you in a position where you are comfortable with your finances?

Not yet but I think that's always the ultimate goal

14.) What advice would you give someone who is considering this type of job (or field)?

I would advise them to think very hard about it. Starting a business is not as easy as it sounds and it is NOT a get-rich-quick scheme.

Business can take years to develop and in the first couple of years, you might earn far less than what you would earn at a job.

I would also advise everyone to be honest and ethical when building and growing a business.

It is not for everybody and is NEVER your own boss, it is such an outdated statement. You ARE answerable to your clients and even more so to your employees who expect to be paid on time and have good working conditions.

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