Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.
A: Hi, I am Jannat Mehmood from Peshawar and I joined the Fellowship Program as a Content Writer. I graduated from Edwardes College Peshawar and did my Master in Psychology from Peshawar University. I have worked for two years with Women’s Avenue as a content writer. Moreover, I have worked as a freelance writer at Nucleus, Islamabad. I can confidently say that I have gained proficiency in blog writing, copywriting, social media content creation, promo writing and report writing. I also have expertise in research writing.
Q: What inspired you to become a Content Writer?
A: Since childhood, I loved reading books and magazines and have always wished to become a novelist. In grade six, one of my English teachers appreciated my writing skills and encouraged me to write a column for the school magazine. With time, and persuasion from friends and teachers, I started to consider writing as a career ambition. I have participated in various English writing competitions across the country. While in university, it all began for me, as I entered the professional market through freelance content writing for an online affiliate marketing firm.
Q: How has your education prepared you for this job?
A: I have quite a diverse educational background. I did my O Levels in Computers, Business, and Economics, familiarity with computers has aided me to understand the technical terminologies in the Fellowship Program. In A-Levels, I opted for Business, Economics, and Urdu as my majors. Though these subjects may not seem relevant to the post I am hired, for now, they have helped me a great deal in gaining command over the English and Urdu language which is going to prove beneficial in writing content for the Fellowship team. I did my Bachelor’s in Psychology and Journalism, and the latter again helped me enhance my writing skills. Lastly, I did my Masters in Psychology, which included loads of research work and reports writing which I definitely think will contribute to the Fellowship Program.
Q: Walk me through your resume.
A: While I was at university, I started working as a freelance content writer with Nucleus, Islamabad. Soon after my Masters, I was hired at Women’s Avenue as a content writer. The experience at Avenue was energizing and gave my professional career a real boost. I worked on a few projects there, the most prominent and challenging one is, “Tales of Resistance. In this project, I documented real stories of women empowerment. Besides this, I have experience in freelance blog and report writing.
Q: How and when did you start freelancing? How much has it helped you grow in your professional career?
A: As mentioned earlier, I started freelance content writing back in my university days. Freelance writing has proved to be the foundation stone of my professional career. It connected me with many work opportunities and enhanced my writing skills.
Q: What should we know that’s not on your resume?
A: I am a CSS aspirant and wish to be a civil servant in the future.
Q: How do you think your previous managers/coworkers would describe working with you?
A: My previous managers have always appreciated the quality of my work and creativity. My co-workers would describe me as a friendly, intelligent, and diligent person.
Q: If I were to poll everyone you’ve worked with, what percentage would not be a fan of yours?
A: I think 0%, as I have always been welcomed with great appreciation and admiration.
Q: Why do you want to be part of the KP Government Innovation Fellowship Program?
A: I have heard a lot about Code for Pakistan and I always wanted to be part of the Fellowship Program. As a Fellow, I want to contribute towards the civic advancement of my country and of course be part of this tech-savvy team to boost my productivity and enhance my writing skills.
Q: On what project are you working here? How is it helping you to build your capacity?
A: I am working as a content writer, and am assigned to document all the essential Fellowship team activities and civic innovations. For me, this experience is quite exciting and full of learning because new civic technologies and apps are relatively new to me.
Q: In a few words, describe what skills and knowledge you can bring to our team.
A: I am good at research, so I can help the team in generating research questions and writing detailed reports for their projects. Moreover, I am well aware of the civic problems experienced by my community so I can highlight the areas where the Program can focus on.
Q: What do you feel about the environment here, would you recommend any improvements?
A: The environment at the Fellowship is very friendly, cooperative, and at the same time very professional. I would recommend that more females be brought on board to have a more gender-balanced team.
Q: Is it better to be perfect and late, or good and on time?
A: I have struggled a great deal with my perfectionism instincts. Now I believe that to be good and on time is the most efficient way to complete the task, as once a deadline is over that work does not have any value.
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: I am passionate about fitness and gym.
Q: How do you feel when someone criticizes your work?
A: I love to hear criticism but sadly I hardly get to hear any. I think criticism helps you to grow and improve your demerits as a person.
Q: What is your philosophy towards your work?
A: I believe in smart work and punctuality.
Q: What do you do in your spare time?
A: I like to spend my free time with my dogs and friends.
Q: What are your biggest strengths?
A: I think my biggest strength is I am a strong-headed person, which enables me to work pretty well under work pressure. Moreover, I am a friendly and cooperative person thus I can be the best fit for teamwork.
Q: Would you like to say something to our readers?
A: Work hard, stay disciplined, and be patient, soon you will taste the fruit of your hard work. Always be stronger than your excuse and keep rocking!