Zoha’s performance whilst on the Movement to Work Scheme was of such a high standard that she was offered a six month contract to work within procurement. Within the next three months her performance had gone to such a level that she achieved a full time contract as a procurement officer within IT for the UK and Ireland.
Zoha Khan came to the UK in January 2017 following some enormous personal and professional challenges. Zoha got her chance to work at Unilever following a strong performance on the Movement to Work Scheme. Following her suppressed upbringing Zoha has demonstrated enormous determination to overcome her barriers which is now being felt within her work at Unilever.
Zoha came to the UK after experiencing gender suppression in Saudi Arabia from potential employers and her own family. Zoha was prohibited from working and/or extending her education by her family and as a result grew frustrated by her personal circumstances. This was then exacerbated by the fact that her Mother passed away and as a result Zoha moved to the UK for a better life, whilst cutting all ties from her immediate family. After nearly two years in UK, and constant battles to achieve immigration status, Zoha still hadn’t found work before she came to Unilever on the Movement to Work Scheme.
The Movement to Work Scheme gave her four weeks valuable experience within business and the opportunity to show her talents in a way that she had never been able to in the past.
Whilst on the Movement to Work Scheme Zoha went above and beyond in her procurement role taking on extra projects such as key activation work within Pot Noodle and supply chain, making her talent and determination clear to the business very early on. Zoha also took the opportunity to develop herself further by taking on extracurricular learning at Unilever such as interview and excel training, which would stand her in great stead in the near future. On top of this Zoha also took the lead on developing some key relationships within the business and ensured that she supported fellow Movement to Work placements to help them with their progress towards gaining employment.
Zoha’s performance whilst on the Movement to Work Scheme was of such a high standard that she was offered a six month contract to work within procurement. Within the next three months her performance had gone to such a level that she achieved a full time contract as a procurement officer within IT for the UK and Ireland. It was Zoha’s desire to make a difference to herself and the environment that she works in which got her this role. As she is the only contact for IT procurement in the UK Zoha uses this autonomy to drive things forward and help make the UK business a slicker and more cost effective operation, allowing Unilever to progress and serve its customers better. Zoha has been able to use her challenging experiences to great effect and her drive to make a better life for herself and others is born out in the great progress she has made in recent months.