Kainat Afridi

PESHAWAR: I was staring at the ceiling fan of my room and did not realise how much time I spent like this due to anxiety over uncertainty surrounding my professional career and future education prospects.

I couldn’t manage to get a Master’s degree which is minimum qualification for any better job nowadays although I have eight-year professional experience. But despite having rich experience, I am stuck in one place since long and now I have started feeling that I don’t belong to this place.

I am never satisfied with whatever I am earning now as I get far less than what I am capable of. While applying for jobs, I often wonder whether I will ever be able to earn more than whatever I am earning now. Once I got chance to take admission in a Master’s degree programme, but then I was stuck between two cruel choices — to quit job or to continue education and job simultaneously. Leaving the job was not so easy as being a woman it was impossible to arrange money for Master’s education without the job. Universities are not providing scholarships to deserving students so easily and therefore my quest to get Master’s degree continues for the last three years.

The professional women had to make a difficult choice between family and professional growth amid challenges of life and poor economy of the country in which it has become difficult for working women to have a decent living. Lack of Master’s degree has made my life difficult as I am not able to earn according to my talent. These multiple anxieties of supporting the family and managing studies and professional responsibilities has made my life complicated and I don’t know what to do to come out of this vicious circle.

While working for an international organisation, I earn better than many, but still I can’t afford studying further. Isn’t this an irony!

The unchecked skyrocketing fees charged by universities and their ever-increasing expenses are stopping many working women like me to advance their careers. Imagine, the shattered dreams of those who were the first-hand victims of such situations.

Do even people realize how much is the pressure level when you are the eldest sibling struggling and at the same time trying to fulfil expectations of the family. Can’t we make a life a bit easier for working women who not only take care of themselves but also take care of their family members. Also, the working women are not burden on country’s economy but they’re not being rewarded in any way by the state.