After securing a win in a competition for female engineers in Hungary, Pakistani engineer Misbah Hamid has earned a job at Fortune 500 firm. 20-year-old Misbah Hamid is a final year student at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Islamabad and is now part of MOL Group, world’s biggest oil and gas companies.
With the job opportunity, she also won over half a million rupees (€3,000) in prize money and future trips to Budapest, the Hungarian capital, for training and development purposes. The competition was exclusively for the women in STEM (science, engineering, technology, and math). Misbah was among 120 applicants who took part in it from 29 universities of 4 different countries.
She was among the three people shortlisted from Pakistan. The other two were from Ghulam Ishaq Khan University and Quaid-i-Azam University. Misbah secured her place by defeating finalists from Hungary and Croatia, and Slovakia.
“When I told my family that I had been shortlisted and would be traveling to Budapest, they were extremely proud and supportive. This was despite the fact that I hadn’t told anyone except my mother about the application and it would be my first international trip – and that too alone,” Misbah said while speaking to a local news outlet.
“My father’s exact words were: ‘I know my daughter is going to win.’”
Misbah said that along with the victory, interacting with people from different backgrounds on her first international visit was an eye-opener for her. The judging panel included previous participants as well, which added to her experience.
She said that the most heart-warming moment of the entire competition was when she told her parents about her victory. Her mother burst into tears of happiness while her father said she has exceeded his expectations.
“It meant more to me than anything else”
Misbah will work at MOL’s oil and gas plant in Karak, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and is also likely to be invited as a judge next year.
We are proud of Misbah and are hopeful that more Pakistani women claim their places in the STEM sphere.