In this episode, we spoke with Nazrul Islam, a migrant worker in Singapore with an interesting and busy background. Nazrul came to Singapore in 2008 to support his family in Bangladesh. He encountered numerous obstacles but his never-give-up attitude pushed him to obtain a degree from the University of Newcastle in environmental and occupational health and safety. How does he juggle being a marathon runner, an English teacher, co-founder of Help Societies International, a migrant worker, and ultimately a father? We find out more about his amazing journey on this episode. We hope you love this episode and Nazrul as much as we do!
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What to Listen For
- Background of Nazrul Islam - Co-founder of Help Societies International, English teacher, volunteer, and a student
- What made him come to Singapore to work?
- Why Singapore and not the Middle East? - An opportunity to learn while you work
- Going abroad and being away from the family at a young age
- First day in Singapore - 12-hour wait in the airport
- The Course before going abroad - Steel Reinforcement course in Bangladesh
- What did he want to be when he was young? - Achieving his dream as an Engineer
- How others can follow his footsteps - Choosing the right channel to learn through courses and starting from the bottom
- First job at Marina Bay Sands
- The role of the agencies - Arranging the training and finding the companies for them
- Living in the dormitories vs living in a HDB flat
- A big heart - Nurul's pleasant experience with a Bangladeshi colleague
- Misconceptions, Discriminations, and Stereotypes Bangladeshi workers face in Singapore - A lack of understanding from the locals
- COVID-19 showing the importance of the migrant workers
- How the pandemic affected the migrant workers? - Living at the Expo with COVID-19, staying positive and enthusiastic
- Ramadan and Eid-ul Fitr at the Expo - Looking at the Positive side
- Thinking about the family - A new baby boy!
- Treating the migrant workers are equals to everyone - Welcoming migrant workers into the community
- Help Societies International
- Fitting so many things to his schedule - Running marathons and many more
- Improving yourself and "Always look on the bright side of life"
Selected Links From the Episode
Help Societies International
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