“Reskilling is important now for jobseekers” – Heba Mohammad, Head of HR, New Mowasat Hospital

In this interview with Naukrigulf.com, Ms. Heba Mohammad, Head of Work Force planning and Talent acquisition at New Mowasat Hospital, located in Kuwait, talks about company culture,  employment in Covid – 19 times, and a little about herself. Here’s what she had to share:

Please share your professional journey with us and how you reached where you are.

I actually come from a Computer engineering background and moved on to teaching and training in IT. I love teaching but I also love to take on more challenges that motivate me and match my character which is not there in training.

This is my 6th year at New Mowasat Hospital, where I started in training and development then moved onto recruitment. As a very extrovert type of a person. I love the challenges of HR, of communicating with people and head hunting the right candidates, and there is a new skill to learn every day.

I was lucky in getting a mentor who recognized my talents and skills and got me involved in organizational design, recruitment, even office planning and various other aspects of HR. He pushed me to reach my potential and now I am the head of Recruitment and this is my story.

Which aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?

I find recruitment the most interesting part in HR. 90% of our recruitment is done overseas and recruiting physicians and healthcare practitioners is much more difficult. However, in a medical set up, recruiting doctors, convincing and negotiating with them when they are getting very high packages and looking for jobs abroad, is not so easy. At times, it takes up to 6- 9 months to recruit one doctor!

However, in our current days in COVID-19 it is even more challenging.

What is the best part about working in your company?

Firstly, it is a very stable organization so you work without worries. It is a very fair and warm family environment. The stability of the organization plays an important part in your work progress and in your achievement.  In addition to this, we have good support from the management and good leadership.

What is your favorite way to de-stress after a long day at work?

I am a mother! I have another shift at home. Getting meals ready and helping my kids in their studies keeps me busy. I really am not the type of character who can sit down and rest. I do read. I love reading and watching movies on YouTube or Netflix. But in the current situation through the last 3-4 months in quarantine and lockdown I have a newfound love for cooking, especially baking.

I never had the time to discover this passion earlier but now I love the baking process. I also watched many movies and I started reading again after a gap of 2-3 years. When I finish a book, it brings on reminisces of the good old days. Nowadays I also get these big puzzle boxes, the ones with 1000-3000 pieces that I put together with my kids.

Please share your favorite books or authors with our audience.

I have read many books written in Arabic, mostly by Arab authors such as Ahmed Khalid Tawfeeq , -Amr Abdel Al Hamid and  Ahmed Murad, but I also read many  international titles and authors such as Stephen Covey or titles that deal in HR.

Do you live by any particular motto?

I do not live by any one particular motto, but I have learnt many things in my journey. One saying or motto I am truly convinced of is – where there’s a will, there’s a way. If you really want to do something, you can do it. If you have the will, you will definitely do it. That is the key for success and this is a main thing that I learned from my mentor.

What advice would you like to give to  jobseekers who are struggling to find a job during the times of COVID-19?

It is a time for jobseekers to enhance their skills as nowadays the stress is on working from home, automation, and doing everything online.

Life post COVID-19 will be very different from life pre COVID-19. Businesses that operated in the old-fashioned manner are slowing down while the world is now looking towards e-commerce. The lockdown period has brought to fore the importance of working remotely. Recruiters are now minimizing jobs and working spaces.

Reskilling is important now and many organizations are providing free training. It is time for jobseekers with limited computer and technical skills to enhance and enrich their experience.

Any suggestions for jobsites to help them become more relevant in the post Covid -19 world?

Availability of candidates towards working full time, part time, or remotely should be specified. Naukrigulf.com filters are a feature, which appeal to me as I can apply filters by nationality or location, experience and place of work. Additionally, level of proficiency in computers skills of candidates is important for us to know especially for administrative jobs.

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