THE RIGHT STUFF – By Bridget Blevins

Attitude, effort and ethics play a huge role in a person’s performance. They can make or break your career. Interaction with people, personal growth and giving more than what’s expected are important in the work place.

Mr.Ryid Nassif is a Recruitment Specialist at Wall Street English in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He studied in Lebanon, the U.K., and is now a Psychology major at King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia.

His father is a Saudi, retired pilot. His mother is a British personal fitness trainer. Ryid is the middle child with one elder brother and one younger sister.

I had the opportunity to interview Ryid about his work and his ideas of what it takes nowadays to excel in the work place.


Q: The criteria for career opportunities are very different now than compared to twenty or thirty years ago. From your personal experience, what do you think is a key factor for attaining a great job?

A: Being the son of an English mother, work ethics were instilled in me since I was 14 when I had my first job at a toy store. I believe that the key to attain a great job is the ability to adapt to different situations and the determination to get things done. The job market is constantly evolving pushing employees to learn the new ways of thinking and executing. Most importantly it’s the willingness of people to work and give 110% will be the key factor in getting any job.


Q: Both nature and nurture influence the choices we make. People and passions affect our direction. How were you inspired in choosing your career?

A: When I was in high school, we were given some personality tests to determine what field of work we should be in, however, it was only when I experienced different roles in different companies that the image started to take shape; what I actually enjoy doing. My advice would be: “You have to try for yourself and see where you fit.” At the end of the day, like everyone says, do what you enjoy for there is nothing worse than doing a full day’s work in a job you hate. Ask yourself what are your priorities and find a job that can accommodate your needs and where you find happiness. Also the work environment is very important because you will be seeing your colleagues more than your family.


Q: Everyone experiences highs and lows during their careers. What motivates you to continue to reach your goals during a low period?

A: I believe that setting these goals is the motivation itself: you want to buy a car, get married, travel, and save money; these are all factors that help motivate you and get you through the tough days. Remember your goals and why you are working. It is also important to remember your goals not only when you are low but also when you are at a high so that you don’t become complacent. Without a goal you are just picking away at a mountain that never ends. So set your goals and have them somewhere visible (on paper) so that you can remind yourself where you are and where you want to be regardless of your mood or emotions.


Q: Most work days can be long and stressful. Others may be easy flowing. What is a typical day at the office?

A: A typical day is a day where you expect anything. So many times I would go into work expecting a “normal day” and find a new challenge that pushes me to learn more and work harder. So there is no typical day. A typical day starts with your intention to get things done no matter the cost, even if it takes you out of your comfort zone. I personally do not like routine, so as a general idea I advise readers to be ready for anything; expect the worst and hope for the best.


Q:  The training field can be very demanding. What are the most and least rewarding aspects of your job?

A: By far the most rewarding part of training is giving back to people. After years on the job and having attended many training sessions, it’s nice to finally pass some of the information on to the next generations and feel their appreciation or even more rewarding is seeing it in action. When a trainee comes up to me and says, “Mr. Ryid I wanted to thank you for your help; by doing what you taught us I was given a raise and a promotion,” it becomes the highlight of my training career. The least rewarding part I would say was the lack of appreciation from management and trainees when you are having a terrible day and still manage to put on a smile. You act like nothing is wrong and give the training sessions despite your feelings. This can sometimes be a lot to keep in, and so my advice is to talk to colleagues or friends and let some of it out.


Q: Young people today face many obstacles when applying for a job. What advice would you give a new high school graduate?

A: For all you fresh grads: Congratulations. Welcome to the real world. When I was in school, I could not wait to graduate but found that actually the most fun days were the school days. (I sound like my dad now). It can be intimidating at first, so many options, so many possibilities, and you don’t know where your fate lies. Do your best, always try to improve yourself and enjoy your life. Also in today’s age, a higher degree is required, so do what you have to do. Take a gap year but continue your education and do it once and properly. Even if you are exposed for the first time to a new culture or country, focus on your studies! “Work hard and play harder” is my motto.


Q: In order to achieve your goals, do you think a person must have a special personality, attitude and ethics, or just plain hard work?

A: They always say: Work smart, not hard. So, yes hard work is required, but also you need to take some time to think of the most effective way to achieve your goal. Having said that, however much you put into something, you will get back. So, just keep that in mind when tackling any task. One thing I have learnt though is that people can tolerate mistakes but will not tolerate bad attitudes or work ethics. So, always be willing to learn and accept constructive criticism and don’t take it personally. If you have the right attitude, people will recognize that and help you even if you are lacking.


Q: Goals can change over the years. We find new things that we would like to learn or accomplish. Where do you see yourself in the next ten years?

A: In the next ten years, I hope to have a stable position in a company that I trust. I also see myself in my own home with my own family. But things change so just remember even if you have certain goals, they will become subject to change and sometimes become out of reach. Set new goals that are achievable and know that destiny also plays a part. No matter what you do you will get what is coming to you, learn to accept facts and reality.

Here is the smart goal breakdown:





Time bound


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