Unemployment has been a major issue in Pakistan. Every day, we hear stories of young graduates from technical fields, running a food stall or working in a service field despite getting degrees worth millions.
The same is Abdul Malik’s case who had big dreams when he went to China for higher studies and obtained a degree in aeronautical engineering. After his graduation, he returned to Pakistan only to get disappointed by the lack of employment opportunities and started selling juice on a juice stall for his survival.
Hailing from Karachi, Abdul Malik had his schooling from the United Arab Emirates. Later on, he enrolled at a Chinese University to get a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering.
As he returned to Pakistan, he also got a chance to intern at the Pakistan Aeronautical Complex Kamra, followed by a job as a trainee engineer at the Peshawar Flying Club. He also spent a few years working as an assistant ramp officer at a private company.
But despite his qualification and experience, he could neither find a suitable position nor a fair salary.
While speaking to a private news channel, Abdul Malik said that he tried applying to all the airports in the country and sent applications to every aviation-related company, but he never received a positive response from anywhere.
“I think I had to face a setback because there was no one to refer me.”Said Abdul Malik,
The China return graduate also turned out to be proficient in five languages, including Urdu, English, Chinese, Pushto, and Arabic.
As he could no longer sustain a family by earning a meager salary, Abdul Malik was left with no other option but to sell watermelon juice to make ends meet.
“I stayed jobless for six months before trying to sell juice. But once I started, it became an instant hit and people started loving it. I think my career and future have been destroyed.”He said.
He expresses his utter disappointment and said that he would throw away his degrees and certificates because they have been rendered useless because of the system.