Bushra Dawood has worked in Marketing at one of the leading FMCGs in the world for the last 11+years. Mother to Adam, 3, she recently called it a day and has switched to a more challenging role – she is on mom mode full time now. Also, she is currently learning French. Her spouse also works in Marketing and is an avid diving enthusiast just like Bushra herself. Both husband and wife love travelling and have dotted many countries around the world. Besides other common interests, the duo are both Advanced PADI certified and are commonly found underwater disrupting some flora and fauna ;). Here, we get to delve a little more into the person behind the many faces – doting wife and mother and former corporate mogul.
If you had one piece of advice for someone just starting out, what would it be?
Make sure to not be limited by the academic degree or GPA you have studied for. Especially in the field of Marketing and PR or sales, being confident and able to deal with situations on-the-job make for a much stronger professional. Therefore, keep an open mind, make sure you give your best everyday at the workplace.
Describe any challenging mom moments faced when working?
I think the whole process is challenging but most challenging would be early morning waking up on a work trip overseas without Adam.
How many hours a day did you work (on average) at your corporate job?
9 hours daily for 5 days a week.
What is that one thing you find to be true that most people would disagree with?
While having a kid is the most amazing and rewarding experience, couples who choose not to are also leading a fulfilling life in their own respect.
Tell us about that one big lesson you learnt that has impacted the way you work.
You need to find time for yourself despite the chaos of balancing family and work life. I remember suffering from countless vitamin deficiencies and being tired all the time because I simply had no time for myself and was neglecting all symptoms. I know that’s something I cannot revert to. I need to ensure making some down-time for oneself through the process.
What were you doing as a ten year old?
I was too studious so probably in Grade 5 and studying hard.
Name two things you can’t leave home without.
Telephone and car keys.
Name three books your child should read when he turns fifteen.
– Wuthering Heights.
– Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
– Harry Potter Series
What movie, (no matter how many times you have seen it) do you have to watch when it’s on?
28 weeks later.
Name the first 90s pop song that comes to mind.
Truly, Madly, Deeply