“The myth is that you don’t have to study or work hard”

WKND - - Work- Life - By jan­ice ro­drigues

Hail­ing from Pak­istan, Aaqib Kh­waja did his preschool­ing in Canada, lived in the UAE for most of his life and later went on to work in Ger­many for about a year. When he re­turned to the UAE, he de­cided to join Al Borj Ma­chin­ery, a fam­ily busi­ness that sup­plies sewing and em­broi­dery ma­chines to newly setup gar­ment fac­to­ries and tai­lor­ing stores. He set­tled into his new po­si­tion just six months ago, and he ad­mits that it took quite some get­ting used to.

“I needed to wrap my head around the change in work cul­ture,” Aaqib ex­plains. “When I was in Ber­lin, I no­ticed that em­ploy­ees didn’t al­ways give their 100 per cent to their jobs. And I thought that was okay be­cause it was just the work en­vi­ron­ment. But when you’re join­ing a fam­ily busi­ness, you’re shocked that ev­ery­one else doesn’t want to put in ex­tra hours.”

Aaqib ad­mits that be­ing a part of a fam­ily busi­ness means he al­ways has work on his mind, from the time he wakes up to when he falls asleep — even on week­ends. There are sev­eral ben­e­fits, he says, of work­ing for a fam­ily busi­ness, one of them be­ing that it gives one a more holis­tic view of a com-

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