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Defining Our Career Choices

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We all make choices in this world; from the most trivial of matters to the most significant. However, when it comes to the most decisive of all, it seems as if we are not given the privilege to pave our own path; we are not given the freedom to choose our careers.

We are constantly pressured by either the fear of failure, or the family or society’s perception of an appropriate career. In the past couple of years, I came to realizethe abundance of individuals who wereunhappy with their field of study as well as what will follow as a career.

“Love what you do until you do what you love.”

I believe this is one of the most misleading quotes ever said. Each one of us is born with a fiery passion towards something, and it is our responsibility towards ourselves and towards our children to further ignite that fire whether it is towardsan academic, athletic or artistic field. If you choose to settle for something else, the fire will slowly diminish until this passion simmers down to nothing. After that, you get rushed off your feet by life’s hectic routine, so that forty or fifty years from now, you’ll look back on your life and regret not having the courage to pursueyour initial dreams. There is no greater tragedy than losing track of time.

We live in a vast diverse world, filled with uniqueness and beauty.There is something exceptional about each and every one of us, something that makes us who we are.

Seeking what you truly love and making a career out of it is the key to a howling success in life, because being passionate about what you do is the principal incentive to distinguished achievement.

Each one of us should live on earth for a purpose. That is the reason why we are born: to make a difference, even if it is the smallest difference in the lives of those around us. Money is important (who are we kidding?), but it’s not everything in the world. So if you were ever to make a choice of whether to pursue your dream career or to settle for a steady income and a reassuring job, choose what you love.

Life isn’t just about getting paid and paying your bills and dying out slowly with time. I remember a scene from the movie Up In The Airwhere George Clooney (aka Ryan Bingham) had a bizarre job where he traveled all over the world to fire people on behalf of their companies. When a terminated employee was angry and kept cursing about the fact that he was being let go, Clooney told him that he had minored in French culinary arts at college and that he served tables at famous restaurants to support himself, but after graduation he gave up on what he loved and started working for this company. Clooneythen askedhim a question that has stuck with me as profoundas ever since; “Tell me how much did they pay you to give up on your dreams?”

It’s never too late to start. If you are unhappy with your current job or career in general, quit it. Start pursuing what makes you happy in life. There are plenty of successful career-shift stories to support this claim, tell me, what makes them any better than you?

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”- Henry Ford.

Don’t worry about failing and don’t you listen to discouraging people. No man has ever achieved anything great by playing it safe, or by listening to advice that contradicted what his heart was telling him. And if you hit a bump in the road, remember that this is not failure; it’s just a chance to try and work things out with a different approach.

There is a story that I have always loved (regardless of whether it’s true or not) about how it took Thomas Edison 1,000 attempts to invent the light bulb. He failed a staggering 999 times before he reached success. After Edison revealed his invention, a reporter asked, “Mr. Edison, how did it feel to fail 999 times?” as the story goes, Thomas Edison just smiled and replied, “Young man, I have not failed 999 times. I have simply found 999 ways how not to create a light bulb.”

We should all change our perspective of what an acceptable career is. People are born in all shapes and sizes and with different preferences and thoughts. So why should their choice of career be any different? There is no “right” mould where some jobs fit better than others. There are no great careers and mediocre ones. Pursue what you’re passionate about, what gives you purpose in life and what makes you happy.

You are the master of your own destiny and you are the one who should be in control of it. It IS your choice. Yours, and yours alone!

BY: BASSEM EL-NOUR

EDITED BY: HADEEL GAMAL

Photo Designed by: Mahmoud Mansi

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Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021 – where balance, resilience and authenticity break the Mental Health Stigma

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Written by: Cinzia Nitti

Globally, 2020 has been a year like no other. Coronavirus pandemic caused a massive business disruption; transformation has been key in supporting employees and catalyzing workplace changes. There was a rush to adapt and reinvent Business Models. Organizations had to rethink and reconsider how they deliver services and strengthen their Organizations through a forward-thinking Digital strategy. To be more agile and responsive in such uncertain times, we need to respond to challenges and adapt quickly to new scenarios by moving from rigid hierarchies to leaner and more flexible structures.

But what about Mental Health at Work, and why is it essential?

What’s the Office of the Future?

Within the Wellbeing @ Work Summit Middle East 2021, HR Leaders tried to normalize the conversation about Mental Health by putting the topic first, enabling self-care and professional support, raising awareness, and building knowledge around its related issues. Nowadays, personal and work life are more intertwined than ever, so it becomes vital to create balance: the more employees feel free to talk about Mental Health, the more they can prevent struggle and breakout at the Workplace. HR leaders play a crucial role in making an IMPACT by pushing new solutions, promoting work-life balance, redesign workloads, and supporting their Teams.

In this general frame, Irada Aghamaliyeva (MENA Diversity, Inclusiveness & Wellbeing Leader at EY) affirmed: “Workplaces that are inclusive foster enhanced employee wellbeing; employees with high levels of wellbeing are more inclusive”. How can Organizations increase employees’ resilience and embed sustainable Leadership behaviors in the post-covid reality?

Dr. Irada Aghamaliyeva introduced the Mindfulness practice in the Workplace and highlighted its benefits on a large scale: improved wellbeing and resilience on a physical level; positive emotions, self-regulation, empathy and awareness of social dynamics; learning and innovation thanks to the implementation of flexible thinking, intuition and problem-solving processes. So breaking the stigma is possible, starting from personal wellbeing to sustain positive energy and fuel resilience.

About the Power of Empathetic and Authentic Leadership, Dr. Rima Ghose Chowdhury (EVP & Chief Human Resources Officers at Datamatics Global Services) stresses the importance of Leadership roles today. The virtual environment employees are working in, makes them more vulnerable due to a lack of balance between emotional and authenticity traits. Authenticity is the primary factor in effective leadership, regardless of the leadership style. Putting employees first as a strategic priority and hearing their voices to guide strategy; embracing agility to work more effectively in tumultuous time; including a multigenerational work-force: these are the key concepts within Dr. Rima’s motto “Empowering is to enable”. Through motivation and filling emotional support needs, the Empowering Teams Process leads to employees’ safety, esteem, and self-actualization. 

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. To know more about the FOW Future of Work Insights platform around the world, click here: https://fowinsights.com/

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The Wellbeing @ Work virtual Summit Middle East returns for its 5th annual event on 22-24 February 2021

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The summit provides an innovative and experiential virtual learning opportunity for our audience of CEOs, benefit and reward business leaders and senior HR professionals. The information and knowledge gained from attending this event allow the opportunity to make strategic wellbeing and mental health decisions within an organization, supporting our mission to create more flourishing and thriving workplaces. Never before has the mental health and wellbeing of your employees been so important. The Wellbeing @ Work Summit includes keynote speeches, panel discussions, workshops, and fireside chats alongside unrivaled networking with leaders across the Middle East using our AI-enabled matchmaking platform. This is far more than a webinar! An engaging 3-day event providing you invaluable insight and tools to create thriving workplaces.

Key Reasons to Attend:

  • An engaging AI-enabled matchmaking platform to make invaluable connections & host virtual meetings up to 2 weeks before the three-day festival
  • Learn how multinational organizations are creating workplaces where employees thrive in the new world
  • Campfire panel discussions informing workplace change & mental health solutions
  • Middle East-based employer case studies providing the secrets to employee wellbeing success
  • International experts bringing best-practice from across the globe
  • Invaluable networking with business leaders from across the Middle East

The Wellbeing @ Work Summit delivers strategic direction, advice and inspiration from employers and experts from across the world to help you create a more compassionate corporate culture that delivers results. The design and implementation of a holistic wellbeing and mental health programme that delivers healthy outcomes and a more productive organization is paramount right now. 

In addition, the results of the extensive Middle East region-wide survey on wellbeing and mental fitness in organizations across the region made in partnership with Cognomie will be presented during the event.

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DECODING FUTURE HR: Today’s challenges are tomorrow’s trends and opportunities

Global 24 hour virtual event | 19 and 20 January 2021

www.decodinghrevent.com

The world in 2020 has changed to a ‘new normality’ but what’s that ‘new normality’ everybody talks about? Is it here to stay? How is it affecting us in our daily lives in the different versions of ourselves? As a customer, an entrepreneur, a parent, a friend…a worker…

Our job is a key part of our lives and we are indeed living through a fundamental transformation in the way we work. Automation and ‘thinking machines’ are replacing human tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are looking for in their people. These momentous changes raise huge organisational, talent and other HR challenges. It has become clear that few organisations are likely to revert to pre-pandemic practices even after a vaccine is found.

Decoding Future HR 2021 is bringing you the ideology of how today’s challenges are becoming tomorrow’s trends and opportunities resulting in HR excellence.

Why you should attend:

  • Learn about the trends and best practices shaping future HR
  • Get valuable insights from expert speakers
  • Share ideas and research to help your organisation reach its goals
  • Understand what do employees want in ‘New Normal’
  • Develop new vision for HRBP and Centre of Expertise
  • Identify, integrate and understand stakeholders to create an intentional employee experience
  • Approaches and elements to leadership development.

Some of our confirmed speakers:

  • Tshepo Yvonne Mosadi , Human Resources Director, The HEINEKEN Company
  • Sarah Tabet, Global HR Director/ D&I Leader | Author for “Inclusion Starts with U”, Schneider Electric
  • Wadah Al Turki, Country Talent Manager KSA and Bahrain, IKEA
  • Lesha Chakraborti, Head of HR – EMEA, Travelex
  • Shaban Butt, Director HR & Administration, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Sajjad Parmar, Head of Rewards – APAC, eBay
  • Katey Howard, VP, Talent Management AMESA, Pepsico
  • Chen Fong Tuan, HR & General Affairs Director, Samsung Electronics
  • Prerna Ajmera, Senior Director, HR Experiences and Solutions, Microsoft
  • Václav Koranda, Vice President Human Resources / Member of the Board of Directors, T-System
  • Amy MacGregor, VP Employee Experience, Global HR, Manulife
  • Adwait Kashalkar, People Analytics and Programme Management Leader, APAC, Mastercard

Click here to view all speakers: www.decodinghrevent.com/speakers

At Wisdom we remain positive that ‘normality’ will soon return and that we will be able to physically meet together once again as speakers, delegates and sponsors at our beautiful venues around the world. But meanwhile, life continues and we need to keep in touch and learn from each other. This 24-hour virtual event will be of great benefit and value to your businesses and its continued development during these challenging times. While this virtual event comes at a lesser cost, it provides for now a wider reach into an international audience, with flexibility of access to content as well as allowing you to have the same opportunity as at a face-to-face session for one-to-one business meetings. We look forward to welcoming you in January.

Date and time: 19-20 January 2021Where: Virtual engaging platform
  Further information and bookings: www.decodinghrevent.com        Contact:
marketing@wisdom.events   #WSDM_BI
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