As mentioned in a post earlier about Inquisitive Interviews, this blog is attempting to provide some real helpful information to students and professionals alike. Once a week this blog will feature an Inquisitive Interview of a professional from daily life, from really varied professional backgrounds. No part of this interview has been edited or modified in any way.
I kick start this series with one of the best Marketing guys that I personally know, being part of the events initiative we started, Jason has been an important person within Inquisitive Events. I would request you to add in your best wishes and comments for Jason below.
[ Q ] Tell us something about yourself ?
Name is Prince. Jason Prince.
Born and raised in Dubai, went to Canada, came back with a degree in electrical engineering, got a job 3 months later. Started my MBA program parallely with work. Been in construction industry for 7 years now & loving it.
[ Q ] What do you Do for a living and Where ?
At the moment, I am a Marketing Manager for a company called InoSafe Lighting Solutions based in Dubai.
[ Q ] Is the job what you had pictured it to be ?
It is my 3rd job in 7 years and it is closest to the picture I had in mind!
[ Q ] Is your salary what you expected it to be ?
It was. But i was surprised to know that there are many other industries that pay much better, for example, media industry.
[ Q ] What is your average day like ?
That is the best part of being a Marketing Engineer, every day is different. If there is a huge project, like an airport; we take a week to design it as perfect as possible, 3 days to make a good presentation out of it and another 3 days to present it the client. If it is a smaller project, one day is good for each one of these activities.
On off peak times like summer holidays and Ramadan, mornings are usually set for meetings and after lunch for paperwork.
[ Q ] What’s the most interesting part of your job ?
Meeting people. Usually, the relationship that forms is lifelong and it is interesting to see how each relationships takes form.
[ Q ] What’s the most challenging part of your job ?
Deadlines usually. Sometimes, these deadlines can get impractical. And the frustrating part of it is that the deadlines becomes tight when someone along the “work-chain” didn’t complete their work on time.
[ Q ] What’s the part of the job that you don’t like ?
Sometimes, the people who take decisions take advantage of their position. Dealing with these people are never fun or challenging.
[ Q ] Do you get bored at your workplace at all ?
Sometimes. But that is good. It gives a chance to change things. Every company appreciates a positive change. If you can suggest it to improve the company’s turnover and your role in the company, grab it.
[ Q ] Do you report to someone ? How much of an impact the person you report to has on your job ?
Yes, I do report to my manager. And the manager can have a huge impact on the work that you do. As a fresher, I believe it doesn’t really matter who your boss is. If he has good qualities, adopt it. If he has bad qualities, add it to the list of things-not-to-do-if-I-ever-become-a-boss. It is all part of learning.
If you are going to look for a job at senior level, then it is important to check the chemistry you have with your manager because firstly, you tend to get a lot crankier by now & it is hard to gel with anybody like before & secondly, he could really have an effect on your growth up the ladder.
[ Q ] What would you say are the growth aspects in this Industry are like ?
Initial growth is slow. But once you gain like 10 years of experience, you are king! You can command whatever you want with respect! But of course, it is hard to generalize. It differs from industry to industry.
[ Q ] Do you use all the skills that you learnt in school / college ? or where did you pick up the skills ?
70-80% of the skills are the ones you picked up at the job itself. But the remaining 30% is crucial too. The person and the habits that you have picked up reflects on your work. For example, there are some people always looking for shortcuts. This stems up from the fact that they were always looking for shortcuts while studying. While there are others who were always looking for the whys and how’s and they have more research type attitude. Mind you, they are both good and required. You just have to pick a job profile that best fits.
[ Q ] What’s your Alumni ? Where have you studied ?
Schooling : Our Own English High School, Dubai
Pre University : Tandem Institute of Engineering, India
Bachelor’s Degree : University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada
Master’s Degree : University of Southern Queensland, Australia (campus in Dubai)
[ Q ] Would you advice younger people to join in your industry ?
Construction industry is not the best option right now in Dubai right now. You might not get the salary that will best match your expectations. If the company is concentrating on growing third world countries, it could be an exciting opportunity.
[ Q ] What advice would you give to someone trying to get into the industry ?
Like I said, it is not the best time and it might take a while to establish. Patience & luck goes a long way!
[ Q ] Anything else you want to tell the readers ?
Keep a hobby. And actively pursue it as you grow at work. It will help.
[ Q ] Any online resources you recommend for people taking up this profession ?
Nope, you learn everything at work. Some companies invest in personality development programs. Those are great!
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Thank you Jason, the readers would really appreciate your insights.