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  • Matt Spencer

Mohamed Barkat, works in the Oil & Gas and Mining Sectors with experience in North and West Afr


What industry do you work in?

I work in the Maintenance Mechanical, Oil & Gas and Mining Sectors. I personally deal with the strategic workforce planning, transfer of competence, training and coaching, tutoring as well as supervising mechanical maintenance.

What are your strengths?

– Dynamic – Pedagogue – Invested – Meaning of analysis

What inspired you to get into this sort of industry?

I love mechanics. I love working on new projects which are all different from each other and which are challenging.

What is the most challenging aspect within your field of work?

Challenging aspects within my line of work are respecting deadlines, dealing with last minute changes from customers and dealing with a diverse workforce in terms of different religions and cultures.

How do you manage and overcome these challenges?

I am responsive to customer requirements; I’m always listening and available. I can adapt to different cultures and I am a force of proposals.

What has been the highlight of your career?

The highlight of my career thus far has been the transfer of skills and training of local youth in Africa.

If somebody starts as a trainee / beginner within your line of work, what could they earn in salary?

Roughly between € 1500 and 1700 € gross.

What can this person expect to earn after 10 years of experience?

Anything from 4000 € with all fees paid but internationally wages vary depending on the qualification and country.

What advice can you offer people who are in the same industry as you?

I recommend putting emphasis on being a hard worker, active, available and most importantly respect the instructions and am careful about your safety and that of others.

If you had to describe yourself in FIVE WORDS, what would they be?

  1. Thoughtful;

  2. Voluntary;

  3. Open;

  4. Adaptable;

  5. Meaning of the confidentiality.

Where in Africa have you worked before?

I have previously worked in West and North Africa.

As you know, numerous African countries are being invested in due to their rich minerals. Which country within Africa do you think will be the next hot spot and why?

One can answer this with West Africa and Nigeria; vast discoveries in oil that contributes more and more to the country’s growth and full development.

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