My husband has taken up an offer with Aramco and since I am working here, he has gone on a bachelor status. I have a few questions before I can take a decision of moving to KSA.
- I have done a Bachelors in Computer Engineering and have been working as a business yst here in the UK. Is it possible for me to get a job in KSA. I have been told that women can only work in teaching, medical and nursing professions? And I am in IT ? - What is the typical day for a women with no kids in RT compound? Are there sufficient recreational activities available and if yes, are they free of cost for the spouse?
I am really anxious and would really appreciate someone’s help in answering my queries. Thanks
Post by GroveWanderer on Oct 10, 2013 10:33:29 GMT
There are women working in almost every area of expertise, in Aramco. Whether you will be able to get a job is another matter altogether. You can try to find employment within the company after you arrive but there are no guarantees you will be successful.
regarding recreational activities, many are free, and some you pay a fee for. For example, bowling and movies cost a small amount, I think 5 riyals only. Some classes and groups require a fee. Most are very reasonable. The women's group has a fee to join, but after that many of the activities are free, so you more than get your money back if you attend the events. The gym and library and pool, etc. are all free.
If you cannot find a job in IT, you may be able to get a part time job. Hiring takes a while though, so you will probably have a few months before working.
Thank you so much everyone for answering my queries and concerns. I was initially quite hesitant in moving because of the job constraints but you have given me a new hope. I can see a lot of business yst jobs being available in Aramco, and hope to apply once I am present in KSA.
Also, would I have to wear an abaya if I get a job with Aramco? Although, I would be happy to wear one if I get an opportunity to work there, but still would want to be mentally prepared regarding all the cultural changes before I decide on moving there. Does Aramco give preference to trailing spouse in terms of calls for an interview.
There is no absolute requirement for a woman to wear an abaya or cover her head anywhere in Saudi Arabia - although you do have to abide by the appropriate dress code guidelines, this can be done without necessarily wearing an abaya.
Having said that, most women (my wife included) do wear an abaya when out shopping, partly because it's easier to do so (you can just throw it on over whatever you're wearing) and also because it avoids any potential for problems over being inappropriately-dressed. In the past, she had a beige-coloured "house-coat" type garment that she used to wear, which provided the same amount of covee as an abaya and she never had any problems while wearing that either. It eventually got too old to wear any more and since abayas were easier to find, she bought one. In common with probably the majority of expat women that you see out and about, she does not cover her head and has never had a problem because of it in over fifteen years here.