Since 1948, the British Council has helped countless Bahraini residents and nationals study in the UK and improve their skills. Wafa and Agrima share their own experience.
Agrima Jaiswal – It all started with IELTS
Agrima Jaiswal had her eyes on the prize when she sat for her IELTS exam several years ago. With the British Council’s preparation courses serving as a source of comfort, she took the exam that served as her metaphorical ticket to pursuing education abroad.
Fortunately, Jaiswal passed with flying colors and shortly thereafter, enrolled at Queen Mary University of London and pursued her bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics. Still brimming with dedication and a desire to succeed, she went on to attend the University of Exeter where she obtained her master’s degree in financial mathematics.
Upon completing her education, Agrima used her knowledge and expertise to land a job in commodity exchange in Bombay, India. After a year and a half, she missed home and decided to move back, eventually securing a job with the UK-based interdealer broker, ICAP. She currently works in operations, specializing in standing data management, support, board management, continuations and much more. Although her success story is still being written, her first step towards success was at Bahrain’s British Council.
WAFA ALOBAIDAT – British Council helped me succeed in business
Wafa Alobaidat is a young, successful entrepreneur with numerous business ventures under her belt. Her business journey officially started when she registered for a preparation course to take her IELTS at the British Council.
Soon after, she was admitted to the Chelsea College of Art and Design where she began to build the foundation for Obai & Hill, a PR and Design agency. After moving back to Bahrain and taking her business venture with her, she became known as one of the most successful businesswomen in the GCC. Years later, she was invited by the British Council to attend the Dubai-London Enterprise week, an initiative to benefit and develop young entrepreneurs through a series of intercultural networking, workshops and opportunities to connect with other great business minds.
“From the IELTS prep courses to their events and workshops, I believe it is essential for everyone to take advantage of the British Council programs if they are serious about getting ahead,” says Wafa. “People have lost business deals due to their inability to communicate their ideas in English. With the presence of the British Council in Bahrain, there really is no excuse for that.”