Transformation..for almost six years I worked at Customs Authorities,Ministry of Finance.
For me as an interior designer it wasn't my best choice to my career
But it was my best choice for my personal life, Short working hours from 9 or 10 am till 2 or 2:30 pm, flexibility to be singed for without going to work, I can go sign and leave after one hour! Yes it was easy, no boss can harm me or fire me, and I've the right to be signed-for for three days per month plus my usual vacations I can take..
But..what about the work itself? My responsibilities were a lot, I had to deal with customers personally though it's illegal, but the boss said it's okay, every month I had to write like 18 papers of records with Exemptions and count endless amount of papers to send it to other Authorities that am sure no one will look at..
The concept was, "I work , I don't I got paid at the end of month"
It was a shock for me when I first joined it, it was in Alexandria at the port there, OMG! they take extra money from people to do their job!! Bribe!! يالا هول الصاعقة..
It was my first meet to the real life around me, then I moved to Cairo, and it was the same, and I must say in Cairo where I was working they weren't all take money, and the people who accept bribe never take it as money but as gifts..
Yes corruption at the lowest level still yet corruption..
My work place was the best I can find, with air conditions, they stopped working but they were one day! But we had to pay the office boy to clean around the desks! Yes he works when he has the mood for it, we can find mouses, and Crocks and of course a bad very bad smell bathroom!
But there were people I loved and still love, if I may say people whom are not like me, but I loved them as they were and they loved me the way I was, regardless of the non stop talking about why I'm not wearing a vail!
There was Noha..she was a stranger like me, never belonged there and never will.
There was Randa my dear christine friend, she taught me a lot about her religion without any sensitively, she never got upset from my non stoppable questions.
There were Enji, the most talkative girl I've ever met so far, she can tell a story with an acting scene and a scenario.
There was Zozo, my direct boss, she were the most fun niqab wearing lady I've ever met, with her proverbs and siko siko talking everyday.
There was Magdi, my boss whom can drink "mayet elsalta" per breakfast.
It was too hard for me to leave there though all these things, I was to attached to them, I've never laughed in my life like I was with them, and when the moment came I didn't say goodbye I just left without telling them it's my last day, I hate goodbyes.