Despite massive economic backdowns, high crime rates and negative economic forecasts, the youth of Pakistan is still as bright and skillful. From growing massive startups without support to landing jobs in top companies such as Google and Amazon.
A recent example is that of Aqsa Mughees, a Pakistani girl who just recently landed a job as a project manager in the Amazon United States. Born in USA and raised in Lahore, Aqsa was looking for a job in February 2022, after applying for different positions, she became the Associate Product Manager at Straumann Group and moved to the USA in March.
After working with the Straumann group for around two months, Aqsa started applying for newer companies and went on to apply at Amazon and got shortlisted for the position of ‘product marketing management.
Speaking about her journey, Aqsa said that “I am pretty active on LinkedIn and advise everyone who wants to search for a good opportunity anywhere in the world to take LinkedIn seriously. When I went to the USA, I saw a job opening at Amazon, which aligned with my career, and I applied through their portal.”
After being shortlisted for the interview, Aqsa was scheduled for an interview with Amazon’s hiring manager. “An hour-long interview consisted of relevant experience, the designation I was applying for, and the situational knowledge about the work,” said Aqsa.
The process was a long and tiring one, Aqsa waited in anticipation for another two and a half weeks and received an email that stated that she had been selected for the second interview, this time with the Human resource department. This interview was more of a conversation and helped Aqsa understand the work and culture at Amazon.
Next came the assessment round, where Aqsa had to fill out a two-page response to a question. Once submitted, she was emailed back for the last step of the interview and that was a five-hour long interview. Being in Pakistan at the time, it was difficult for Aqsa to give a straight five-hour interview, so she chose to divide it into two days.
“During the interview, there were people from different departments who asked her questions. The team consisted of a product marketing manager, business development manager, product marketing head, bar raiser, and hiring manager. During the last loop interview I was not even well; I had a headache and fever, and they asked me if I wanted to reschedule. But I knew I had a few prior family commitments, so I decided to go ahead. The very next day they approached me to discuss the outcome, made an offer and shared details about the position.”
Aqsa after marrying Zaryab in 2018 stopped working, however, she says that “my mother-in-law encouraged me to continue with my career”. Her husband Zaryab is also planning a move to the US since he also works for a major tech firm that can shift his job to the US.