Hopscotch Hires: September
With thousands of women as part of our community, it can be tough to pick just one to feature as our Star Candidate on a monthly basis. Â We work with professional women at all stages of their career and with all backgrounds, but this month's Hopscotch Hire has a slightly alternative story to tell, with not just a switch in location but also in her career as part of her quest.
This month's Hopscotch Hire is Gaby S, who has a truly inspiring and remarkable story to tell!:
"I moved to Dubai in August 2015 with my husband, who got a job in the city. We had been married for just a few months when we decided to embrace this opportunity together. Although this decision came with a number of challenges, it also came with the opportunity to reinvent myself in a professional level, allowing me to turn my passion for writing into a profession. Â
Before coming to Dubai, I had a settled job as a Junior Associate in a well-renowned Law Firm in Mexico. I was a litigation lawyer focused on defending citizens from acts of government. However, due to the fact that I canâ€™t do litigation law in Dubai because Iâ€™m educated under a different legal system, I had to look for a new professional path.Â This reality left me with two choices: work as a corporate lawyer -which Iâ€™ve never liked- or look for something else. So my first challenge was to Â look for something else. Â It was this decision that led me to the second challenge: figuring out what I wanted to do!
Trying to answer that question took me back to when I was 17-18 years old, and I had to decide what I wanted to do with my life. I always wanted to be a journalist/writer, but the intellectual preparation that law requires always attracted me. So, when the decision had to be made, I decided to be a lawyer. Nevertheless, I would often wonder what would have happened if I had decided otherwise. Â Being faced with that same question again, I decided this was my opportunity to try it: I would take a chance at pursuing a career in writing. However, this decision came with a lot ofÂ â€śwhat if?â€ťÂ questions: â€śWhat if I regret it? What if I make a mistake? What if I never find a job in my new career? What if this is a huge mistake and I end up wasting my time?â€ť
These daunting questions could honestly discourage anyone!
But, after getting just enough courage to overcome the fear these questions raised, I decided to take action and ask for help, since it became obvious to me that I couldnâ€™t start my new career alone. This help came from Hopscotchâ€™s One-2-One training program with Archana.
Her guidance was crucial. She helped me realized that I could transfer most of myÂ technical skillsÂ andÂ soft skillsÂ acquired as a lawyer to my new chosen career, such as writing, researching, organizing deadlines, advising clients, and so on. She also instructed me on how to network, how to develop a convincing elevating pitch and how to approach people when looking for opportunities. As a result, I gained my confidence back, which is just what I needed to start looking for opportunities in Dubai.
Â So far, I have created my own blog (www.dunasypalmeraslife.com)Â and I do bi-weekly publications for a Mexican law magazine as well as for an international travel magazine focused on tourism across Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Â I am also part of the UN Women's Empowerment Taskforce media team, and I cover topics like culture, travel, lifestyle and law in a freelance capacity.
My dream job, however, would be to become a settled writer in Dubai, doing various collaborations with magazines and companies that could benefit from my writing and researching abilities.Â Â Iâ€™ve always liked writing to influence people with my thoughts, experiences and other peopleâ€™s thoughts and ideas. Doing this would change my life - I'd be doing what I like the most as a profession in one of the most dynamic and interesting cities in the world."
Posted: September 19, 2017
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