Meet Moiz Ali, a Company Secretary from India who moved to the UAE to find a job opportunity.
In this article, Moiz shares with his the exact strategies he used to find an opportunity in the UAE.
Presently he is Business Consultant – Incorporation at Jitendra Consulting Group, Dubai.
My Journey as a Company Secretary from India to Dubai
After my class 12th, I decided to pursue Bachelors in Accounting (B.Com) and Company Secretary from Indore, (India).
I had an interest in law, which made me pursue CS, so with no second thoughts, I registered for CS with ICSI.
In my opinion, students who are interested in various Laws, Rules, and Regulations could consider pursuing the CS qualification.
Here’s my story:
If you give CS exams with 100% focus you can become a qualified CS from ICSI within 2-3.5 years.
My Journey was a bit long as I took 5 years because of various reasons as mentioned below.
Belonging to a middle-class family with limited financial resources my journey pursuing Company Secretary (CS) was quite difficult but memorable.
Now to become a CS from ICSI, India one needs to complete the following:
- CS Foundation
- CS Executive
- CS Final
- One year of Articleship
I moved from my hometown (Neemuch) to a bigger city (Indore) so I could get access to better coaching. I would stay in the city for a few months, complete my coaching and move back home to prepare and give the exams (by studying from home I could save on rent and other expenses).
I did this for both CS Foundation and CS Executive exams.
I cleared my CS Foundation in the 1st attempt and CS Executive exams in my second attempt.
Next was CS Professional Exams (last level CS Exams). However, for CS Professional I decided not to move to the city for coaching so to save money.
I went ahead with self-study but took almost four attempts to clear. Finally, after struggling, I cleared all my CS exams.
Self-study is possible but I made a few mistakes. I analyzed my mistakes and realized I failed because of the following reasons:
- Lack of Time Management
- Unable to Focus Fully on Studies because I was also handling my father’s business (Since I self-studied I stayed at my place in Neemuch itself and helped my dad in his business)
- Lack of Motivation because I was away from my CS friends
After passing the CS Final Exams in Apr’16, I started with my articles.
I pursued my articleship in Thermax Limited, an MNC company in the business of construction and engineering based in Pune and established in more than 20 countries all over the world.
It was a great experience for me as I learned a lot and still very grateful to my mentors & colleagues and who really supported me throughout my articleship.
After completing my articles and passing all the exams, I was now a qualified Company Secretary.
Moving to the UAE
I worked in India for some time after qualifying as a Company Secretary. However, I was not very happy with the opportunities coming my way and the growth.
It was then that I decided to move to Dubai and find a more rewarding job related to the CS profession. This was in March 2018.
When I landed here (Dubai), I realized that there were very few opportunities for a newly qualified CS without UAE experience.
So I remained patient and started working as an Accountant and VAT Assistant in a trading company in Deira, Dubai.
I simultaneously kept looking for better opportunities related to my profession.
I kept a constant eye on job opportunities for CS professionals shared on: Linkedin, Indeed, Naukri Gulf and Gulf Talent, etc.
I went through a pretty tough time where I had zero support but complete faith in God kept me going through the most difficult period of my life.
In fact, I had even considered moving back to India but fortunately, things worked out differently.
After 6-7 months of job hunting and loads of patience, I found the right opportunity at my current workplace Jitendra Consulting Group, Dubai.
How can a CS find a job opportunity in the UAE
Firstly, there are no prescribed guidelines for a CS to find a job in UAE.
It took me around 8 months to find the right opportunity.
You might not find the exact core CS field in the first go but if you are getting any opportunity even related to the CS field then ideally you should grab that opportunity to excel in your career in the UAE.
Do wait for months to find that ‘perfect job’.
Eventually, with time and experience, the right opportunities will come your way.
Just like everyone else you can use:
- Online career portals – Linkedin, Indeed, Naukri Gulf, Gulf Talent.
- Companies Websites – Career Pages
- Family/friends network’s references
- Reading/ updating oneself with the current openings and market conditions & available opportunities.
Networks for CS in Dubai
There are some networking groups for CS living in the UAE.
If you are a CS from India the ICSI organizes programmes at regular intervals in Dubai inviting all CS professionals living in the country.
There many CS working and living in UAE, they are all connected over social media platforms, through email and WhatsApp groups.
The same might be useful for finding jobs also.
Company Secretary Salary in the UAE
Salary depends on your experience in the UAE and knowledge.
It also depends on your communication skills. If you understand Arabic it can be an added advantage.
In my opinion, a CS fresher should expect at least AED 3,500/- to AED 7,500 plus benefits just to gain some experience and move ahead in the right direction.
Bigger companies might offer higher salaries so it all depends.
If you have a few years of experience in India, you can expect a higher salary.
Scope of a Company Secretary in the UAE
There is a lot of scope for a Company Secretary in the UAE.
You can consider:
- Business Set up – Company Incorporation in various jurisdictions such as mainland, Freezones, and Offshore, Legal Advisory Services, Arbitration Services, Company Law & Federal Law matters consultancy services
- Drafting of contracts, deeds and various agreements in line with UAE laws,
- Compliance Officer in big corporates and listed companies in UAE stock exchanges etc.
- Apart from the above, CS can work as Legal Advisor, Corporate Law expert, Due Diligence Officer, Company AML & CFT Compliance Officer, Paralegal, Company Secretary in DIFC etc.
Patience is the key.
Keep looking and the best is always waiting for the one who pushes their limits.
What’s yours will find you if you show persistence and patience.
Now It’s Your Turn…
Are you a Company Secretary looking for an opportunity in the UAE?
Leave your questions in the comments section below and I will answer it.
You can also connect with me on LinkedIn at Moiz Ali.