Arabisc: Job Hunting in Bahrain?


Bahraini blogger Silverooo, who has just graduated from university, may have hit the jackpot and will soon be making more money than any other graduate her age. Her idea? The guide you see on the left – Job Hunting in Bahrain for Dummies. And the blogger knows what she is talking about when she decided to offer her expertise – she has already landed her dream job.

تخيلوا لو أصدرت حقاً كتاباً مثل الكتاب أعلاه؟
أفترض أن يكون من أكثر الإصدارات مبيعاً، بالطبع لا لأنني من كتبه، ولكن لأن التائهين والمتوهقين كُثر.
لا أزعم أن هناك وصفات ذهبية لضمان الحصول على عمل في بلد العجائب (ما قصرتين SillyBahrainiGirl.. حتى ترجمة المصطلح حليوة)، فمشاكل سوق العمل والفساد الإداري والوظيفي أكبر من أن تجعل لأي وصفة مفعول مضمون ولو طُبقت حرفياً، واللي فيه خير ينكر الظلم الجائر الدائر في المؤسسات بفرعيها الخاص والحكومي.
ولكن من باب تعميم الخير وتبادل الخبرات، أشارككم خلاصة تجربتي في البحث عن وظيفة في البحرين، صغتها على هيئة خطوط إرشادية عريضة لعلها تساعد المقبلين على مثل هذا التحدي في خوض التجربة.

“Imagine if I really published the book you see here. I assume it would be a best-seller. Of course, that is not because I have written it but because those who are lost and confused are a lot. I don't claim there are magic solutions to guarantee finding a job in Wonderland (Thank you Silly Bahraini Girl, even translating the name sounds nice) because problems in the jobs market and administrative corruption are bigger than ensuring that any tip could have the expected result, even if applied to the letter. And I challenge those who are up to it to deny the gross injustice found in organisations, both in the public and private sectors. In order to spread goodness and exchange expertise, I would like to share with you my experiences in looking for a job in Bahrain. I have posted them in the form of guidelines which will hopefully help those about to take the challenge and enter this experience (of looking for a job),” she explains.

The rest of Silveroo‘s post is in English so feel free to read it here.

Still on the topic of jobs, Bahraini blogger Madas Ayatulla (The Ayatulla's Slipper) gives us a sneak preview of his busy life as a university student and a journalist working on producing the cultural pages in a local newspaper.

Juggling work and school may be rewarding in that it gives students a chance to put their foot in the job market's door, but could also have it's toll on some.

فيما كنت أهمّ بوضع بصمتي مساء اليوم (الثلثاء) على الجهاز الآلي اللعين إيذاناً للخروج من الصحيفة بعد يوم طويل وشاق، كان الإرهاق قد استحكم على آخر خلية أعصاب عندي. وكنت قد افتتحت يومي باكراً بالذهاب إلى الجامعة، اللعينة هي الأخرى. حين غادرتها في الرابعة عصراً كان عليّ أن أعيد ضبط ساعة جسدي؛ حيث ما يزال هناك الكثير مما يتوجب علي عمله.

وفي الحقيقة، كان عليّ أن أوظب الصفحة الثقافية من لاشيء. ثلاث ساعات هي المدة التي قضيتها مابين إجراء بعض الاتصالات وبين وضع آخر نقطة على السطر. انتهى كل شيء ولم يعد هناك ما أعمله غير أن أذهب إلى البيت وأسترخي. كان عقرب الساعة يشير إلى الثامنة مساء. شيطان ما قال لي: هناك على الصالة الثقافية يمكن لك أن تذهب قليلاً لتنشيط بعض خلاياك العاطفية على وقع صوت خالد الشيخ. حسناً، قلت، لديك نصف ساعة لا أكثر ولا أقل.

“As I was about to click the damned computer keyboard with my index finger to leave the newspaper after a long and exhausting day at work today (Tuesday), exhaustion had taken control of every cell of nerves I had. I started my day early today with classes at the university, which is damned too. When I left at 4pm, I had to readjust my body clock as there was still a lot ahead of me to do,” writes Madas.
“In reality, I had to prepare the cultural pages from scratch. Three hours was the time I spent between making a few calls and putting the final fullstop at the end of the last sentence. I have finished all my work and all that was left for me was to return home and relax. It was nearly 8pm. Then Satan whispered in my ears: You could go to the Cultural Hall and relax your nerves with the soothing sound of Khalid Al Shaikh (Bahraini singer). I said alright: You have half an hour. Not any more. Nor any less,” he explains.

But this was not to be. A colleague insisted that he stays some more – which he did. The singer finishes his performance and then decides to address the Information Minister, who was present at the event, which culminates the much debated Spring of Culture festival. Bahrain MPs had objected to one of the acts and have formed an investigation committee to look into the matter. Speaking on behalf of all the singers and performers in Bahrain, Al Shaikh urged the minister not to apologise to the MPs.

Needless to say, what that really meant was that Madas's work was far from over. He had to do another story for his paper!

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