I have been with H+K for nine years and I moved to Dubai from H+K Portugal at the end of 2011. When I came to Dubai I didn’t know what to expect – I didn’t know anyone here and had never been to the Middle East before. I must say that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. Being able to work in a totally different environment with people from so many different countries and nationalities while being part of an organisation that respects the local culture and maintains global high-standards at work, made me grow professionally and personally. H+K keeps me challenged on a daily basis still, even after so many years.
In 2010 I was looking for a company to give me valuable work experience in the field of communications. That is when I found H+K. I applied for an internship, and I was immediately accepted. I can definitely say that I was not disappointed. After acquiring my BSc in Marketing and a short-stint in the publishing industry, I was then invited once more to work for H+K, this time with more responsibilities. I accepted straight away. Since then I have worked with a result-driven team in a family-oriented environment. I have met ministers and VIPs, been given the opportunity to work on challenging tasks, and most importantly, felt empowered to do what I wanted to do to help clients achieve their core objectives.
Working as a journalist before entering the world of PR I had a good knowledge of H+K and the company’s working practices. If I’m honest it was the high standards, professionalism and global stature which drew me in. I wanted to learn from the best and to be sure that the skills I had gained from my previous employment could be built upon for the benefit of myself, the company and our clients.
I was recommended to make the move from client-side to agency by an associate who already worked at H+K. It was a big move, but I’m so glad I did it. Leaving the airline industry behind in the UK, I headed to H+K in the Middle East. Not only did the move give me the opportunity to put my communications experience to the test with a diverse range of clients, it also allowed me to move country. Twice! Currently based in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, my initial role was in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Both experiences have been tremendously valuable and H+K has given me opportunities and friendships I had never dreamed of.