Adventures of an unemployed Columbia grad

Published: August 21, 2010
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When I graduated from the class of 2010 I had big dreams

I left for New York last summer for an MS in print journalism at Columbia University’s School of Journalism. I was super excited. This is it, I’d thought, this is my lucky break. I thought everything would pan out once I returned to Lahore, my home city in Pakistan.

During my program I nurtured big dreams while I adapted to the ways of city life in New York. Back then, I’d failed to comprehend why some of my class fellows voiced their bitterness about paying heavy fees for a ‘futile’ journalism degree. Some of them thought it was a waste of time, while others, burdened by their student loans, considered quitting. I understood where they were coming from – after graduating the following summer in 2010, they’d need to be employed to begin paying off their loans.

In the fee department, I was safe. Scot-free. I was on a full scholarship. Thank God for that. If I had the stress of being lumped with an enormous student loan, I would’ve had a nervous breakdown at some point during my program.

Perhaps being on a full scholarship continued to foster my lofty, naïve dreams of bagging a great job once I landed back in Pakistan.

And so it was, I got through the J-school, an internship in my second semester and my thesis, wearing rose-tinted glasses.

Minor depressions, assignment pressures, and occasional bouts of home-sickness I handled to the best of my abilities. On bad days, I’d reason, I’d rationalize. I’d tell myself to look at the bigger picture: returning to Pakistan and being garlanded by jubilant, potential employers at the airport.

But I was wrong. As soon as I landed, I hit the ground running. I applied everywhere I could think of. Friends told me to take a break, to take some time off before I put myself out in the job market – but I couldn’t wait. I was impatient. I wanted to teach and write.

I felt ambitious and giddy. On a personal and professional level I had changed. I knew I had. And that change, my inner change, I had mistakenly reflected onto everything else.

I thought my external world had undergone a change and a catharsis too.

But a naïve belief and mawkish sentiment had unfortunately wronged my better, sensible judgment.

So, I went through the usual rigmarole of interviews. But nothing significant came through. This time around, it felt worse.

Stay professional, I had urged myself. Nonchalant, unfriendly interviewers made their small-talk which felt too personal. My worst experience was perhaps being interviewed by an obnoxious editor who, on the day of my ‘trial week’ blasted his small team right infront of me, and then spoke to me in a belittling tone. He was in a foul mood that day, and his temper left my mouth dry. And to think, I wasn’t even hired yet.

Politely excusing myself from his office, I walked out, grabbed my bag, and went straight down to the parking lot. I left with no intention of being part of a team where the editor found it necessary to treat his staff like crap. No matter how prestigious his publication may be, I’d rather go hungry than be treated like dirt for no rhyme or reason.

The trouble is, I want a job on merit. I simply refuse to go through the ‘get a job through a contact’ route. And plus, I don’t want any favours. Call it pride. But as of late, I’ve been coaxed by a few close, supportive friends to hand over my resume to them.

Before I left New York, someone I know told me how fearful she was of not landing a job before graduation. She’d been moved to tears one evening, as we walked slowly out of campus. It had been a long, tiring, dreary day. As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t relate to her unease.

But now I can. In Pakistan, a friend of mine recently bagged a job months after his return from the United Kingdom. And that’s just one example.

The job market everywhere is in a devastating slump. Maybe employment will feel sweeter after this rough patch. But then again, maybe it won’t.

For me, as one of the many unemployed j-schoolers?

I’m going to try my hand at fiction.

sonya.rehman

Sonya Rehman

A graduate from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism who works as a freelance journalist for The Express Tribune and various publications in Lahore.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • 7eba

    Wow, thats something most of the fresh grads have been through. Including myself. Hang in there, I’d say. Everything comes in its own time.Recommend

  • Zohaib

    Best of LuckRecommend

  • Shez

    Sorry for being blunt but getting a J-School degree does not make you a perfect journalist. And this is Pakistan where contacts work better than anything else. In fact, it is the case everywhere as most news organizations are very protective and nepotist in one way or another. In any case, you will get a job soon. The social and economical class you come from is dominant in Pakistani journalism so hang in there! Pakistani English journalism is for what we say “burgers” class like you.Recommend

  • http://partylicious.com.pk Fauzan

    Sonya I think we can all relate to this experience as freshly returned with foreign degrees in hand expecting jobs to fall in our laps :) harsh realities of practical life couple was an over saturated market as you rightly put it.

    Nevertheless, good luck with what ever you do. Having known you for some time I know you have great potential and you’d pretty soon be working your way up the ladder of success!

    Cheers babe! :)Recommend

  • Sarah B. Haider

    Columbia School of journalism is my dream destination. Lucky you!Recommend

  • http://www.sonyarehman.wordpress.com Sonya Rehman

    Thanks everyone – a big shout-out to you, Fauz! :)

    And Shez, thank you too!

    The unemployed ‘burger’.
    Recommend

  • Usman Iftikhar

    You are still very lucky having being part of Columbia School, that too on a full scholarship. Job recession won’t prevail forever… I wish you good luck for the days ahead.Recommend

  • http://www.wordpl.net Salma Jafri

    Sonya, dont think of it as contacts, think of it as business networking. People dont hire other businesses; they hire people they like. So you’ve got to move around in the right circles; let everyone know you’re looking and ask for recommendations. What you say/do at the interview stage is completely up to you, but use your network to get a leg-up. Thats not bribery and thats not wrong. It’s the way it works all over the world. Good luck!Recommend

  • Kamila

    While I sympathize with your situation I really don’t think that YOU are some one who is impacted by the job slump. You are just well… less spoiled for choice then you would be under mormal circumstances.

    There are plenty of channels and newspapers that WOULD hire you. The fact is that you don’t want to join them. Why?
    1) The editor is too mean:
    Really? People who need jobs don’t give a damn. They deal with it. You give unemployment a bad name.

    2) You may not agree with their editorial policy:
    Your a fresh grad – okay you aren’t an average fresh grad from any Pakistani public university – or hey, even any private university – you’re from big fancy J school but you are in fact a fresh grad not a news editor.

    3) You don’t want to pull strings:
    How very noble of you. You are SO going to make a great journalist because rule number one of journalism is totally NOT using contacts when they can help you. Well done.

    4) You secretly want to write a novel:
    Admit it. You don’t want to be a nasty beat reporter mucking it out with those smelly Urdu speaking 45 year old me. You want to sit in your balcony eating strawberries writing the first great Pakistani novel. Take that Mohsin Hamid.

    5) The real world is scary:
    There are no advisors here. People are mean. They yell at you for no reason. They don’t care how smart you are until they can see it in your story.
    You want a job – but not really. Admit. You want validation. You want to cash in your J school degree. After all what were all those cramming sessions for if not to impress slightly off easiliy impressed pathetic Pakistani publishers?

    6) You don’t need the money:
    If you do then suck it up and get real. Editors yell. Interviews suck. The point is not the newsroom – but the news. How much do you REALLY care?Recommend

  • Kamran Sid

    It’s utterly surprising that a graduate from Columbia School of Journalism would have to face this harsh reality of looking for a job. I would expect that you would have a few interviews lined up with a foreign degree under your belt. It doesn’t matter if you are from Columbia or any other Ivy League school in Pakistan, what matters is how you handle different personalities. Nevertheless, the economic/social/political conditions in Pakistan are at an all time low and job market obviously gets impacted by it. I was in your position last year and I would honestly advice that you should drop your ego, pull your sleeves through, get your contacts in line and start working at any place which provides you an opportunity. At this point it’s about having a job rather than sitting at home. Until and unless you are not working in any MNC, don’t expect getting an environment which is reflective of pure professionalism in Pakistan. I hope you find a job sooner than later. Just hang in there. Good luck with finding a job!Recommend

  • http://www.twitter.com/salmanahmad Salman Ahmad

    sorry to say but this is happening every where in Pakistan, bosses and supervisors use vilified words and connotations. it can be termed as a type of workplace harassment when some one in the higher ups travel with their personal problems so they do translate that in to disparagingly jibed expressions, keeping in view the current unemployment rate in Pakistan, few would dare to to retaliate and bring up dignity and integrity as a criterion to decide where to do the job.
    One piece of advice for you would be to freelance i.e blogging, since your writing expressions is pretty good, rather than waiting and grueling yourself for the so called job-in-a-professional-newspaper. Recommend

  • http://theburningissue.wordpress.com Mehroz Siraj

    Sonya, you just speak my words….

    I have had much of the same experiences here in Australia, a country which i entered as a journalism student at RMIT University in Melbourne, which is considered to be Australia’s premier journalism school.

    However after 3 semesters, i changed to a course in international studies and international relations, primarily because i was quick enough to understand the futility of going to journalism school.

    I chose International relations so that I could further develop my academic and theoretical abilities and pursue a career in academic research, lecturing, career counselling and writing, although I would these things within the journalism framework, i.e. to continue these things to earn my bread butter and then continue to work as a journalist on a freelance basis.

    However, I too have tried to look for doing freelancing for Pakistani papers, including ET. However, my criticism of the way their hierarchy works is that there is no concept of mentoring for university graduates, and that no one here trusts abilities of young people coming from overseas….. To be very honest, I generally believe that my career options of building a strong career in journalism in Pakistan were better when i did an internship at The News under the guidance of those same people who now head ET, but I do not find their attitude conducive anymore, for reasons you may understand too…

    This is what I hate… These people, as against all the talk of democracy and presenting diverse viewpoints, the agendas are so narrow, that a free thinking individual like me would find it suffocating to work in the Pakistani print media, specially the English language papers and the Urdu TV.

    I do look forward to come to Pakistan to establish a career and re-unite with friends and family, but for sure I would not tie all my eggs in one basket–i would not keep all my hopes stuck up to journalism, I may end up with a career in career counselling, A level teaching, NGO work, etc and pursue whatever freelance work, paid or unpaid, I can do just to clinch my thirst of writing…..

    For more about who i am and what i write about, visit: theburningissue.wordpress.com and http://www.chowk.com/writers/1565

    Regards
    Mehroz!Recommend

  • Farid

    Don’t worry about it :). Take a Gap year, everything would work out eventually. Have you considered teaching? Teach for a year or two, it would give you time to evaluate yourself and help you understand what you really want in life. Recommend

  • http://anon.blogspot.com anon.

    Plus 100 for Kamila’s comment.Recommend

  • http://www.sonyarehman.wordpress.com Sonya Rehman

    Thank you everyone for your comments and feedback – much appreciated. Kamila, a feisty little thing you are, but thank you nonetheless.Recommend

  • Rizwan

    Having spent a fortune on securing an undergraduate degree from the UK, I can totally relate. I thought securing a decent job in the job market here would be absolutely no problem at all. Of course when the job search began in earnest reality hit like a brick wall. For one, many available positions, especially in the large, multinational companies, were already secured by local grads yet to graduate through their uni’s career service. Secondly, contacts play a very important role in not just landing jobs, but landing interviews in good places. Thirdly, some companies when offering jobs, required you to sign five year bonds! I mean seriously, what the .

    Anyway, it was pretty clear to me that in an economy as small as Pakistan’s and with the competition being what it is, you simply have to compromise on what you’re looking for. Perfect jobs are non-existent, your boss may be obnoxious and rude, you might end up in a different industry, the money might not do justice to the fortune you spent on your education, blah blah blah, there is no end to imperfections that we find with all opportunities. Like someone mentioned earlier, if it’s a case of sitting on your behind at home and being out there gaining experience which may eventually be vital to your career development, stop acting as if you’re spoilt for choice and accept the first half decent opportunity that comes your way.

    Although I’m working now and landed my job entirely on merit, I wouldn’t say no to a better job through a contact. When I graduated, contacts were a big no for me. But everyone wants to get ahead in life at some point and let’s face it, except for the lucky few, that is not possible in Pakistan without the right contacts. The old cliche, if you can’t beat them, join them.Recommend

  • Nowsherwan

    > BlockquotePolitely excusing myself from his office, I walked out, grabbed my bag, and went straight down to the parking lot. I left with no intention of being part of a team where the editor found it necessary to treat his staff like crap. No matter how prestigious his publication may be, I’d rather go hungry than be treated like dirt for no rhyme or reason.
    > Blockquote

    Sonya you need to develop the habit of “aik kaan say sunna or dosray kaan say nikaal daina”. i don’t want to sound harsh but being a columbia graduate does not mean you become so sensitive. Be professional, try to get some experience from wherever it comes, before doing a job at your own terms. This is the way it is, you have to bear your boss’s crap for some time till you have shown your worth.
    This is solely my own experience of my recently acquired job in a multinational, which i have got without any reference or contact.Recommend

  • http://www.mrsalmanjafri.wordpress.com salman jafri

    why dont you work for one of these newspapers magazine in lahore, try pakistan army for hilal magazine http://www.pakistanarmy.gov.pk/ as a writer for them on freelance basis and also try new television stations and become an anchor and then write for a news paper – money comes in and you will be happy. or why dont you work for advertising company ??Recommend

  • mak

    Good luck Sonya. No harm in using contacts – it’s all part of networking so no need to hold back. And i think you have taken a proactive step by using this platform to convey your story! You have already multiplied your network by a 100. Persistence / focused networking is the key to finding the job you want! Keep it up.Recommend

  • rehan

    ….How about this as a title for your first book,”Phir bhi Dil hai Pakistani”?How about this as a theme…The inner secrets of the life of a Newspaper Editor?(Badla tou lena hai na..Dil jo Pakistani hai)…InshAllah when it becomes a bestseller and turns into a movie,the Title song can be..”We don’t need no education,we don’t need no self control”(a song of the ’80s,can’t remember the group’s name).And please notify me when it reaches the stalls,I would like to buy one.NIce article though..well done. Recommend

  • Jameel ur Rasheed

    Well dear sister, the field of Journalism is not yet recognized in Pakistan. In fact, there are only three to four professions in Pakistan that live. Doctors, Engineers, Armed Forces and Civil Services. Any one with iota of whats going around and words to put them in paras can become a journalist in Pakistan. I wont say that your degree has no good, better to say, due use in Pakistan, but perhaps you need to wait a few decades to be recognized as a professional journalist for holding a degree from a renowned university. Stay happy and motivated.Recommend

  • Mohsin Hijazee

    I am never able to understand what people go abroad for. Studying something is purely a thing within and has nothing to do with altitude, longitude or latitude but just the right aptitude. Even in local universities, you get to have the same textbooks by same publishers by same authors but pirated copies then what the fuss is about?

    In my view, in this internet age, location is irrelevant.

    You think foreign degrees give you more credibility? Nope. In countries like Pakistan, it can be even counter productive. The local staff already employed and interviewing you would always think of you an alien.

    And journalism in Pakistan is mostly being done by weired kind of people even hardly aath jamaat pass columnist are very common.

    Your delay in getting the job is partly because of recent slump and also there’s really much saturation in news industry and finally it might be that they think you’re alien or its you that thinks so of them.

    Last thing that I can tell you from software industry in Pakistan is that there is no prejudice against foreign degrees but they are not considered a dime’s worth more then the local ones. They’re the same. All they bother about is the capabilities and skills.

    Anyways, best of luck for your job!Recommend

  • Hajra Hur

    That is an interesting account of a potential job seeker, im sure many people can relate to it well. Comment on where you said ‘simply refuse to go through the ‘get a job through a contact’ route’…
    If you take it in a different sense, job through a contact also implies tapping your networks again and again. For people who land jobs quickly than the others develop a really strong network over time and are not starting from scratch when they start the search. Using networks in a smart way to help get noticed! Recommend

  • http://khizer-jalal.blogspot.com Khizer Jalal

    OH GOD OH GOD.. Guess what, I am in Sweden and almost finish with my masters. I am also planning to come back to my City Lahore, and my friends there in Pakistan are saying DONT COME BACK, ITS A BAD SITUATION WAY BACK. and i am like nehhh..I am a professional, and skilled i will figure out a way.. But after reading this article i think its a good time for me to change my mind :) .

    Definately a very good Article. loved reading it :)

    Khizer JalalRecommend

  • Lam

    Feisty or not I agree with Kamila. Get real Miss Rehman — at the end of the day it is the story that counts :) Recommend

  • http://ykhan.wordpress.com Yasser

    where is the adventure part in the post? i believe that’s what we all face after graduating?

    On other lines i guess Journalism market might be good in Pakistan due to enough leg pulling of everything on every issue and private(NOT independent) media is still yet to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary.Recommend

  • parvez

    I feel you have what it takes and you know that.
    This is a good thing and a bad thing depends on how you manage it.
    Your above story is a “reality check” for you, possibly to bring you down three inches to earth.
    Liked your writing style.Recommend

  • http://sadaf-fayyaz.blogspot.com/ SadafFayyaz

    Great piece Sonya……(sighs) Job market is bad here…..Three days ago, employers from a leading telecom company called my brother for an interview,”You are too confident,” come for the next interview. In next interview, “You are too shy”////and countless examples like these here..The son of the same interviewer is doing an internship in that telecom company without any “qualities” .The nepotisms and Sifarish culture has simply shattered the job market here…….”Job on merit” is only a dream here…..
    I remember one bad experience where editor of a local magazine asked me to find funds for his magazine,(the job offer condition)…Plus his magazine was all about “Yellow journalism”….Straight “No”……..from my side…..
    Wish you good luck!!!!!!!Recommend

  • Amer

    I should say, I was surprised after reading the line about you walking out of the office just because the editor was having a bad day and he used whoever he could find to vent out his frustrations. This shows that you need someone who is sincere and more experienced then you to guide you thru this difficult period of your life. I am an engineering graduate from one of the top engineering schools in Texas, USA. I worked in a design and engineering firm in the US for 2 years after graduation and then transfered to Dubai and have been working here for the last 3 years. I am now at a Senior Design engineer position. Believe me I have seen managers use racist comments, scream racist and bigoted slogans, the whole nine yards. You have to show such people that they cannot talk to you that way and its not productive to the work enviornment. But I have never seen anyone walk out of the office or quit just because they can’t deal with their boss. People, the recession has not only hit Pakistan, it’s a global recession. So, stop being little kittens, if you want a job (and the money that comes with it), then suck it up and deal with it. Sorry, as harsh as it sounds, that’s the reality. Maybe you didn’t want the opportunity, in that case you were right to walk out of the office, someone else could make good use of it. I had a friend who was about 3 years junior then me. He also graduted from my university and started to work as an engineer. In the beginning he used to tell me that he’s always afraid he’s gona loose his job because he faced alot of racism (so he felt) at work. He thought he was treated differently from a white girl who joined the team at the same time he did but after working for an year in that firm, he told me he doesn’t feel anything wrong with his work enviornment, anymore. It was because he earned the trust and respect of his coworkers and developed his confidence of contributing to the company. It takes some time and until you are a valuable asset to the business, you might be a liability. Think about it.Recommend

  • http://www.thebalochhal.com Malik Siraj Akbar

    Dear Sonya, I had visited Columbia J School this March but could not meet you even though I had met some Pakistani students like Hani Yousaf and others. I loved your piece because this very much relates to my story. I lost my job four months ago when I was in Pakistan. I thought it was too easy for me to grab a new job overnight on the basis of my work experience. ( I was the Bureau Chief of my paper!) My assumptions turned totally wrong. I never had “the contacts” one requires to get a job in the Pakistani media.
    While currently enrolled in a US J-School, I have already started to worry about my future as a journalist when I return to Pakistan where I may not land at a good job due to not having some needed sifarish. I am sure my mom is going to tell me that Allah mian does not provide ‘rozi’ through the education offered by the ‘kafir americans’. By then, she will sure have a point!
    Our woes are similar but I wish you all the best. At least a ‘burger’ journalist will have the ‘burger’ to eat at a rainy day. Our problems are worse: We want “bread” and “butter” both!Recommend

  • Abdus Samad

    I wish that someone from the HR dept reads this and you get a jobRecommend

  • BT

    With a foriegn degree in hand, I sported the same pride. I refused to be treated like crap, and refused to use contacts. But, as I’ve also found abroad, contacts are nessary everywhere. And from talking to HR managers, if they can interview through a reference,chances of you being hired is higher. So stop torturing yourself, and use your contacts. You can prove how good you are while at the job. And, when your a graduate, all bosses have their ways of treating you like crap. Handling them is an art, that will pay off one day.Recommend

  • zf

    The trouble is, I want a job on merit. I simply refuse to go through the ‘get a job through a contact’ route. And plus, I don’t want any favours.

    Bravo. Hope it works out.Recommend

  • http://shirazhassan.blogspot.com Shiraz Hassan

    Great piece!!
    there are hundreds of mass madia/journalism graduates without any proper job in this city, even one of my friend, with the degree of mass comm,worked as assistant producer for a tv channel for few months, the down sizing occured and he lost his job, now he is jobless for 3 years now. :-/
    you reflected the true picture, specially the environment inside media organization buildings
    best of luckRecommend

  • Farhad

    “No matter how prestigious his publication may be, I’d rather go hungry than be treated like dirt for no rhyme or reason.”

    Your not in New York anymore. Grow up and start kissing backside like the rest of us have to, no matter where you are in the professional world. You will have to put up with this unless you work for yourself.Recommend

  • Farheen Hussain

    What a heartfelt, honest piece. This line mirrored my sentiments perfectly on returning to pakistan after postrgrad:

    ” On a personal and professional level I had changed. I knew I had. And that change, my inner change, I had mistakenly reflected onto everything else.”

    So true you think just because your experience abroad was transformative the world will be a ‘changed’, post grad, post-columbia world. But nothing of the sort. Ppl still operate the same way, aunties still judge you the same way, the darzi still messes up your clothes the same way :P

    Anyways trust me, it wil work out. Just a piece of advice; find a place where you can get like minded people, the rest will fall into place. That was the only thing that got me through and still is :)Recommend

  • Hiba

    Hats off to the spirit of getting a job on merit, hope u find one soon……..!!Recommend

  • Ms P

    I think the writer should read The Terrorland, blogs by Habib R. Sulemani, to know the sick culture in the mainstream media in Pakistan. http://theterrorland.blogspot.com Recommend

  • Praveen Kumar

    Not dissimilar to my experience. Sonya, try firing resume to all the openings available(do it simultaneously). There is a chance factor which can help, otherwise job market is grim. And might be good idea to attend industry meets where you can meet potential contacts. Check professional recruiting services. I agree with certain points of Kamila, better don’t get angry. There is no point in being uptight about merit and contacts. I thought you might had exposure to western companies for ex., British companies in US give preference to Americans of British ancestry and so on. But its not so much in face as they have less population. so, unless you are too rich better change ya attitude. :)Recommend

  • Rzza Bakir

    Kamila Nice and with the capital N.

    And seriously I am not boasting off but by the grace of god I got a job two days after my final exams in my bachelors. What i did was chose an organization that well i didn’t even know existed and became part of the marketing department. My objective was simple you learn more when things come hard to you, such an organization has more space for change and well thats what one has to target. Adding to that when you work in a weak organization you pass through the wrath of others by which i mean the ill treatment that i get regularly. Instead of thinking only that I am being treated like crap i would well think this is teaching me patience(you must be thinking “Yeah Rite”).

    So Sonya I have learned that ones first experience will usually be tough but life goes on and you just have to survive. I passed through this quote from George Lucas which really hit me in the heart:
    My first 6 years in the business were hopeless. A lot of times I’d say “why am I doing this?”Recommend

  • S Imam

    You can’t feel the bitterness because you studied on a scholarship and that too as a foreign student! You did not tell us in your article how you got that scholarship! Normally in countries like Pakistan it’s not won on merit, someone manages such scholarships! Anyhow, if you had done the MS course on your own and/or financed it with a loan then perhaps you had been in a better position to make a better comment! But don’t worry; your joblessness is again a “scholarship” period because you can afford to write a fiction meanwhile without having any financial liabilities or worries! You don’t need to retire loans or look after old parents, etc….! It’s a typical upper-middle class comment to attract some approbation! I w3ouldurge you to grow up and try to be a serious writer. If you really turned into a serious writer you would never feel any hunger for such commendations! You have talent but now a vision!Recommend

  • Sonya Rehman

    Thank you all for the constructive criticism, and some of you for the verbal lynching, but this chapter is now closed – I begin work as a lecturer at a college in a week. Quite thrilled.

    @ S Imam: FYI: I left for the US on a Fulbright Scholarship – if that’s not a scholarship ‘on merit’, then I don’t know what is. And, prior to leaving, I had 6+ years of experience behind me as a journalist, so please, before you wind yourself up into a hissy fit, ask, before you offer your critique :)
    Oh and, thanks for throwing my ‘foreign degree’ in my face, I come from a humble, self-made family – but, I really don’t need to justify myself to you.
    Thanks for writing in, your advice to ‘grow up’, is precious. Recommend

  • Anoop

    You could have applied in India. Its closer to Pakistan and Media is booming.Recommend

  • http://lordsofquackery.blogspot.com/ Laconic

    @Sonya Rehman:

    Surely you mean, “burgher” not “burger”.Recommend

  • Majid

    My best wishes with you!Recommend

  • Majid Urrehman

    My best wishes with you Sonya!Recommend

  • Erfan Afghan

    Glad that you got the job, Good Luck.

    And sooner or later you’ll get the job it’s just about the timing some people get it early some people get it late but we all end up having the job.

    Regarding manager/editor being mean or rude: Welcome to Pakistan, seriously we have this policy of if I have had a manager who was rude to me, I’ll be rude to my subordinates that’s how the whole process works out. Recommend

  • Gulzar khan

    A girl with talent and foreign education is jobless and is being made to suffer humiliation, but I was just told that there are people in PIAC who have fake degrees, they draw pay but even do not go to office. A fake degree cardiologist was sacked some days back. Fake degree holders are MNAs and MPAs and real educated youth are rotting on roads.A matter of shame and deep reflection.Recommend

  • kashif

    MASHALLAH, congrates to you sonya, and very best of luck for the future. Recommend