Featuring first female chemical engineer of Gilgit Baltistan – Zahira Gohar

 

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Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. Feeling happy and blessed to be the first engineer of the family and first female chemical engineer from Gilgit Baltistan. I dedicate my this success to my great brother Javed Gohar. He motivated me to do this and stood up with me in every up and down

Words shared by Miss Zahira Gohar who recently graduated from Dawood University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi. I congratulate her for this great achievement. I wish her all the best and hope that she will continue to play an important role in progress of Gilgit Baltistan. Thumbs up Zahira (Y)

 

Lets find an internship!!

While, students in universities pack up their semesters by getting rid of finals, they also start searching for summer internships. In this regard, many undergraduate students contacted  me. During these months, I seriously felt like sharing few tips, which will help  under graduate students and fresh graduates in finding internships and jobs:

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1. Use a proper and formal email id to send your resume to any company or person. Please, don’t use you first email id to communicate professionally . I feel it very awkward, when anyone sends me resume with an email like cute_me@gmail.com and smartboy_86@hotmail.com. And, I am sure every HR person would feel the same.

2. Please, rename your resume title as “ApplicantName_Designation”. For example, If a candidate applies for the post of Content  writer and his/her name is  ABC, title of resume document will be “Content writer_ABC”..  Avoid sending your resume/CV with title myresume or CV_2 etc.

3. Mention the designation for which you are applying, in subject of email properly.

4. While you send resume to anyone, mention your objectives clearly. Mention, what your strengths and interests are. If you are confused about your objectives and strengths, discuss it with your seniors who are professionally working. I am sure your seniors will help you.

5. Whenever you contact any senior, please contact them in a professional manner. It looks weird when anyone sends a message on facebook “yr koi internship dilwa do. kaheen pey bi, bs internship lagwa do “. That is quite annoying. Its good to have a 1-1 meeting with any senior to discuss queries related to your jobs and internships.

6. Google jobs related to your major subjects and interests. You will get an idea about professional career and you can surely discuss your queries in a more understanding manner.

7. Create your linkedin account and try not to use it like facebook or twitter. Make connections and describe your work and interests. Add your contact info. This will help you in introducing to different companies and people who have the vacancies for internships and jobs.

Although these tips are very simple, but they will surely be better way to present yourself in professional world. Remember, internships are first step into your professional career in one way.

Good Luck.

P.S: Thank you Owais Zafar for providing me this picture.

T for Teacher, T for Tricky, T for Tips ;) Do the magic!!

Last week, I attended a session of Mr. Abbas Hussain who is Director for Teachers Development Centre, Karachi about “ART OF TELLING STORIES”. Indeed, a great man :)
I wonder if there was any specific art described by speaker :O but there were tips which, as a teacher, I feel are interesting, affordable, tricky & magical. And, I would love to share them with so many teachers out there.

1. You must be using a white board, right? So, why are using it like a black board? :O Use different color of markers instead of one horrible black or blue. Write a word with one colored marker and underline/circle it with different color to highlight its importance.

2. Teachers and parents usually complain: “Students have become so naughty. They are so rude. We used to be so good. We never said, no to our teachers and parents. Nowadays, students reply so bluntly …. “
The issue is “RESPECT has been REDEFINED”. For example, In case, we go to class without any preparation. How many of us speak the truth? How many of us tell our students that we have not prepared. Well, the tip is, Speak the truth else it would be “aik din Geo key saath” program :P
Dear, let them realize that you are there to serve them and once, students realize that they will surely give you the respect, you want. REMEMBER that!

3. We are living in 2013 and students we teach will actually live in 2023. So, students “SEEK a PURPOSE & PASSION”. Probably, some of them might not. But, whatever you teach them, give them a reason for that.

4. So, students “READ LESS”
Teachers need to be Role model as a READER.
The dilemma is, we have not set our priorities well. Want to know how?
Choose one: Book worth 1200 Rs. OR Burger worth 1200 Rs. ??? I know your answer and you must have got my answer for how :P

Let me share 3 laws of reading:

a. Turn all your waiting time into reading time. E,g: waiting for the dentist, CNG line :P That means, always carry a book with you :)

b. Read the first 100 pages within 24 hours (for fiction). That means, start that book when you have time. It can be any weekend.

c. Read a vast variety. As you like to have diverse food, try to read different books.

Not enough?? Let me add one more..Dont interrupt your reading with dictionary boss.

Along with this, speaker tried to involve participants using various techniques. For Example:
-> Students whose name start with letter “B” stand up. They would read the 4 points written on white board.
-> Ask one student to stand up, read first line on white board and let him call name of another student to read next line and so on.

So, dear teachers! Enjoy your teaching job. If you would not enjoy your job, why would anybody else (students) have any interest in it? :O

Last but not the least:
remember that we are DIGITAL NATIVES but students are DIGITAL IMMIGRANTS.
HAPPY TEACHING :D
Dont forget to share your tips in comments.

Sayeen tu sayeen, sayeen ka Goth bhi sayeen

This title might be funny for some of the readers but I experienced this when I visited Thatta Division of Sindh, Pakistan last Friday i.e. 1st March 2013. I went with my colleagues for a visit. Weather was quite hot and we wondered how actually people of this side live in June when the season is at its extreme point.

I have been to interior Sindh multiple times but I never got a chance to interact with people so much. I met people of Mirpur Sakuro, Ghaaroo, GhulamUllah and Wad. It was a great experience. Firstly, It seemed weird to me as it was difficult to get engage with new people. And, in my case things were more difficult.
Firstly, most of the people speak sindhi. And, I only knew few sentences of sindhi i.e. Cha haal Ahe … aao suthi aayi and so. There was a language barrier. Secondly, I had always  heard about sayeens as very strict people. So, I was worried :|

War, Sindh
War, Sindh

Somehow, we entered interior Sindh. These villages reminded me of the villages of Gilgit Baltistan where we used to go for School picnics. Green, green everywhere like these area bleed only green.We met locals. After meeting them, trust me, I forgot whatever i thought about them. The hospitality of the locals was very cool and impressive. They were calling us “sayeen”. People living their invited us to their homes. We had dinner with them. Most catchy thing was that whole family sat with us at dinner and even for once, they did not let us feel like we were not home. The love and affection of Sindhis was memorable, and, somewhere we were saying “Jiye Sindh jiye wara:D

And, that is where I got exact and correct definition of SAYEEN.

SAYEENs are these locals who serve their country by living their life in these beautiful Goths (Sindhi word for countryside) of Sindh and working hard. They have such a colorful culture. They are so humble and down to earth. They represent one of the brighter faces of Pakistan. They are the true Sayeens :)

So, be proud Sayeen, ONLY & ONLY if you are true Sayeen … if you k now what I mean ;) Hey Jamalo, Wah wah Jiyalo :D