Interview with Rebin Najat Hamad Amin
Interview with Rebin Najat Hamad Amin

"I started from scratch to improve my technical skills to keep me on track with job requirements."

Rebin Najat Hamad Amin
Senior Programme Assistant
United Nations Development Programme
MBA in General Management- FastTrack Batch 2021

Please tell us about yourself and your family.

I am Rebin N. Hamadamin, from northern Iraq, specifically Erbil city, Kurdistan region. I am 32 years old, married since 2017, with one child.

I graduated in different subjects such as technical survey, software engineering, and finance. However, due to the financial crisis and conflicts during the last few years, I couldn’t find a proper job matching my experience and educational background. Therefore, I had to join the humanitarian sector to support the conflict-affected people.

I have worked with different international humanitarian organizations since 2014.

What drew you to the program you are studying at UniAthena? Do you think it will help you to realize your career goals?

I am seeking to improve and enhance my skills through this program at UniAthena. I am also exploring better opportunities for the future.

What would you like to learn next? What are your next career steps?

Learning administration and risk management are my next steps. I am also looking for international positions in humanitarian organizations for the future.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy watching documentary programs and innovation and technology updates.

Suppose you had to live alone on a deserted island for a month. What are the 3 things you will bring with you?

  • Water is the main thing that I would take 
  • Second, First Aid kit 
  • Third, protein and energy bars

If you face a problem at work, what is the first thing you do?

I keep calm and avoid stress, then identify the issue and take proper actions to resolve it.

What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your life? How did you tackle it?

I lost my job because of changing the direction of my career. I had to change my career from WASH to livelihoods. I started from scratch to improve my technical skills to keep me on track with job requirements.

If you could only change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I would have changed my educational certificates from software and surveyor to business administration and finance, because all these years did not help me find a job aligned with my educational background.

What did you want to become when you were a child?

I wanted to become a technical engineer.

What are the last book you read and the movie you saw?

I read a novel about life and its challenges.

I saw the Squid game series.

Who is the person you admire most and why?

In my personal life, my wife because she pushed me to take this adventure and start learning again. Professionally, it is my current supervisor who has always been supportive and helps in capacity building, and understands/listens to my personal and professional challenges.

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