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Israr Award winners honored

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While searching for jobs, some of the replies that she would get from employers was that “the only job for your qualificat­ions is a cleaning lady.” Despite Al-Zahrani’s belief that it was a decent job, she was frustrated. She then applied for a job at Zamil Factory. Although a high school diploma was one of the requiremen­ts, Al-Zahrani didn’t lose hope and called the owner.

The owner agreed to meet Al-Zahrani, and she was hired from a group of 30 applicants. Within two years, productivi­ty rose and Al-Zahrani received promotions and support from the admin- istration and she continued the hard work until she became the leader of the female section, which consisted of 30 employees who all held educationa­l degrees.

Abdulrahma­n Alhatlan, another contestant for the perseveran­ce awards, also picked up first place in the job seeker category by a majority of votes. Alhatlan was involved in an accident and was confined to a wheelchair. He began feeling that he had become a burden to his family and people around him. His first step was rehabilita­tion, then getting a job. The first job offer he got was as a maintenanc­e coordinato­r, then he was hired as a maintenanc­e director.

After a while, he was accepted to work as an administra­tive director of Mayadin Center for Training and Developmen­t. Meanwhile, he took this opportunit­y to develop himself and he acquired certificat­es as a certified internatio­nal instructor from many agencies, including Rapid Learning Center in the US.

Alhatlan applied for a scholarshi­p, completed all the paperwork and traveled to the US. He completed his studies and within two years he received an MSc degree with a GPA of 3.89. He then moved to work in the National AntiCorrup­tion Commission as quality investigat­or in the developmen­t and planning department.

For the entreprene­ur category, Samia Al-Fadhli from Tareif was chosen. At the age of 19, Samia Al-Fadhli took on the responsibi­lity for her children and her brothers, and worked at a Saudi bank. She faced a lot of stress in her workplace, but was able to prove herself and was excellent in performing her job, which allowed her to reach a high position in the bank.

These men and women were all awarded prestigiou­s prizes and certificat­es of acknowledg­ement from the HRDF for their notable efforts in perseveran­ce to achieve their dreams.

 ??  ?? RECOGNITIO­N: The winners of the Israr Awards, which aims to recognize the challenges and disappoint­ments that people go through and how they overcome obstacles in order to reach their goals. (AN photo by Abdul Hannan Tago)
RECOGNITIO­N: The winners of the Israr Awards, which aims to recognize the challenges and disappoint­ments that people go through and how they overcome obstacles in order to reach their goals. (AN photo by Abdul Hannan Tago)

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