After obtaining a degree in journalism and media from Sultan Qaboos University in 2001, Hilal Salim al Zaidi, 39, joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries. In 2013, however, he left for a job with the Oman Tourism College, and then moved on to the Public Authority for Social Insurance.
Q: What drives you to success?
Success is the cornerstone in one’s social life that stems from being his or her contribution to mankind. A word in itself, it is the driving force to fulfil ambitions and to acquire knowledge and skills in various fields. Consequently, the social environment is the area where media persons have to grid up their lions to achieve success. In addition, seeking knowledge and exposure to the latest development in the field is the driving force behind my ongoing search to find success, and how it can best contribute to the betterment of my family and work.
Q: Who or what has been your inspiration in your career?
Co-operation, team work, respect to others and appreciation of their achievements are all fundamental pillars to achieving excellence in performance. Moreover, moral boost is another sought-after incentive for various organisations. On a personal level, the women in my life (mother, a wife and sister) motivate me to the greatest. They inspire me to keep on writing creatively, as well as boosting my career in the field. As a writer, I can say that nature and its attractions – namely beaches, mountains, deserts and buildings – inspire me when I write. Tranquility is indeed another inspirational and supportive aspect of my creative writing.
Q: What is your biggest career success to date?
Being closer to people and understanding them has been one of my greatest accomplishments to date. In addition to good career planning, which, in fact, was multi-dimensional and did not depend on just one area. Over the past 13 years, I was able to acquaint myself with three main sections in my scope of responsibilities at work. I would urge anybody reading to stress the importance of career changes and rotation in broadening your experiences and exposure, which undoubtedly leads to financial settlement as far as settling down is concerned.
Q: What are your career goals?
There are many objectives that I want to accomplish in my work. My first goal would be to find a proper scope of freedom for creativity. This is in addition to my aspiration of holding leading positions in an organisation might allow me to make changes, which go along with the institution’s vision.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?
Amid the numerous variables and uncertainties that engulfs different sectors today (such as reduced financial allocations), it is difficult to predict what will happen here in the next 10 years. But I am very optimistic, God willing, that I am going to hold a leading position through which I can express my love and gratitude to my country and to put forward my experiences and spread love and peace at work.
Q: What do you like about the Genesis?
I really like the Genesis. It has all the features that you can expect to find in ultra-luxurious cars of today. My favourite features by far are those that maintain my safety; I feel extremely safe in here. Everything from the blind-spot monitoring to the heads up display make sure that my eyes are always pointed towards the road at all times. The Genesis is also a very spacious and comfortable car – making it perfect for long journeys. The Genesis is a great car, and I confess that it is one of the best cars I have ever driven.