If you live with your family, it’s a simple life. When you become an expat, you actually hustle, you try many things, you take challenges, and then you take THE lead. Then when you experience independence, everything becomes different.
When I entered university, I had problems with presentations & public speaking. I started taking part in many things to improve myself. I joined many societies; I became a president in my university, led almost 150 people. From then I thought trying AIESEC would be good learning for me as well. AIESEC is a place where you can socialize, a place where you can grow professionally and personally. AIESEC is a platform which is very structured, has its own portal, systems, and regulations. Once you conquer a challenge in AIESEC, it shows if you can lead or not. I learnt how to lead. I worked for a year in Pakistan’s National Team and then I started my own venture in event management. I learned and earned a lot, but I got bored because it got easy. Then I joined a Training and Development Company where I led and organised a few conferences. Then I joined the corporate life and pursued my masters. But again, I got bored. It was very redundant, without challenges. When you reach a certain point, everything becomes normal, there’s nothing new, you are not getting excited anymore. That is why I wanted to change the environment entirely, a 360 degrees turn, to experience something that is out of the box.
I had never experienced the product of AIESEC, so I thought it’s the right time for me to try it out and I had the resources for it too. It took me a month to find an opportunity. I got accepted in Egypt and Malaysia. I made a decision to work in Malaysia. After a month of staying abroad, you become less homesick and you start finding a way to live your expat life. You just love it: independence, new culture, and new people that you meet every day.
Pakistan has a very different working environment, it’s a little bureaucratic. Here in Malaysia, everyone is at the same level, they teach you everything. I had to push my culture down a little and get to know more about the Malaysian working and living culture.
When I started working in a Malaysian company, there were around 15 different nationalities. I had to find a mid spot where I can fix myself and start working from there.
If you live with your family, it’s a simple life. When you become an expat, you actually hustle, you try many things, you take challenges, and then you take THE lead. Then when you experience independence, everything becomes different. You know yourself better, you are not seeking refuge from you father, asking for money whereas here you learn how to make your own choices. You learn how to be an individual. That’s the best learning ever. You don’t stay the same as you were back in your country.
You have to work hard, even if it takes you to apply for 1000 companies and you get only one offer. That one offer can change your life entirely. I came here for a professional internship and then I became permanent, and now I got promoted. If you have a dream to do something, you have to hustle more: apply, try, taste, and fail. Failing is one of the biggest factors, which got me here. If you don’t fail you won’t know what’s out there.
I support Goal #1. Poverty ignites the other 16 problems. The country I’m from, I’ve seen a lot of poverty, that forces people to theft, bribery and all other misdoings in the society. If we achieve the first goal, we will focus more on education, sanitation; with which, infrastructure will be evolved, people will be more society sensitive and there will be peace prevailing all over the world.
– Rafay Korai, Pakistan