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Friday, September 16, 2005

Hello from Singapore!

I've been meaning to update my blog, but I'm not much of a writer, hence the delays. Don't be surprised at the title. I am currently in Singapore, having just finished my company's three day training.
Now that I've mentioned the company, I'd like to say that I think this company is really great. And this job is certainly different, and another one of those things which I feel I can excel in. My previous job was that of a software programmer, and I was really good about it, and that is no exaggeration! However, while doing my Masters' in SZABIST, a teacher of mine (Mr. Ayaz Uqaili of Career Online on GEO TV fame) used to say that I have such a good understanding of networks that I should be in a networking job. I told him that I may be good at netwroking, but I am EXCELLENT in programming! But, I have come to the realisation that there is not much of a future in programming. As a result I have switched into technical marketing, and by a stroke of very good luck.
Currently I am the country manager for a multinational company which provides high tech solutions to the hospitality industry. OK, I didn't make that up, but I did embellish it a bit to make it sound more important ;) I'm an account manager, responsible for our company's business in Pakistan, and have currently been assigned Abu Dhabi, Iran, Afghanistan and Qatar. This is in contrast to my last job, where all day all I did was sit in the same desk day after day. Now, I spend a week or two in Karachi, and then leave to Dubai to my regional office. From there I move over to Abu Dhabi to do my sales thing. I frequently return to Dubai as everyone I know is over there. Since I have been assigned these other countries, hence I have to travel to them also, and believe me it isn't as great or as much fun as it looks. But hey I'm not complaining!
I had always dreamed of such a job. I really do like this company very much, and if things turn out good, I may never think of leaving this company. The reason is that this is a very big company, with tens of millions of dollars turnover, and the biggest hotel chains in the industry as clients, and despite this, the company's structure is very flat. I get direct instructions from the CEO, and I get to move in the top management. We also get a lot of freedom to work, which is new for me as I come from a background of software development, where we have very tought deadlines. And the best thing about the job is the training. Right now we have just concluded a 3-day training, where account managers from all over the world came. There were around 50 account managers, from countries like Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Turkey, Egypt, Australia, etc. and it was a very nice experience.
Anyway, now that the training is over, and we have a couple of days in Singapore, we'll make the best of them and do some sight seeing. I've already seen some places like Little India, China Town, Orchard Road, Night Safari. Tomorrow we plan to go to Sentosa for the whole day. Pictures coming up soon!

4 Comments:

  • Come on tell us more about Singapur.

    By Blogger Shirazi, at 3:57 PM  

  • Just you wait! I'm going to be coming with a detailed writeup including pics :)

    By Blogger Khurram, at 10:50 PM  

  • picharz .. me want picharz!!!!!

    By Blogger bakpakchik, at 11:00 AM  

  • hey do you miss ur school life
    im not intrested in singapur by the way so keep low profile
    im not being rude
    visit my blog at
    www.wi-kid-zain.blogspot.com/

    By Blogger Muhammmad Zain, at 2:49 PM  

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