Our Sidekicker community is made up of people from all walks of life. Their backgrounds, their passions, and their stories are part of what makes them so good at what they do. Sheikh has travelled the world as a social worker while finishing a Degree in Business and is now focusing on his Masters in Hotel Management. Sheikh is a Sydney Sidekick who loves the fast paced environment and variety that comes with being part of the hospitality world. See why he loves what he does.
Hi my name is Sheikh Uzair Ahmed! My preferred name is Sheikh (Shake).
Where were you working before before you started Sidekicking?
I am currently pursuing my masters in Hotel Management and prior to coming to this vibrant city, I never knew life could be so exciting!
Being a social worker in Karachi and Pakistan has aided my expression and has provided me with the opportunity to meet so many amazing people. This is the first time that I have ever been away from home on my own but I am never homesick.
By being here I have learnt that it is so important to stand by your decisions. I have come a long way in half a year and after receiving practical training in fine dining, it landed me my first job at The Star!
What was your first Sidekicking gig?
My first job was as an F&B Attendant at Sofitel Darling Harbour. After waiting for two weeks and applying to multiple jobs, I landed the chance to work at this new and very talked about hotel. It’s important that you are patient when you are waiting for the job to go active as you just never know..
Coolest thing you’ve done at Sidekicker?
The coolest thing that has happened to me at Sidekicker was when a guest remembered me at the end of the event. They thanked me for my service and told me that I had a cheerful smile. This is what I aim for after every job. I ensure that I am proactive in anticipating my guests needs!
What do you hope to do in the future?
I am currently working in hospitality and as much as I find it interesting, I cannot ignore the fact that I love teaching. I wish to work in academics – moreover, academic counselling. I understand people quite well and will most likely do a second degree or Ph.D.
What did you want to be when you were younger?
When I was at school and asked what I wanted to be, I always said the same thing – a doctor, it was an easy answer. As I have grown, my answer has changed.
I want to be the person who I needed when I was younger and no matter where I go I want to be happy and content.
What’s one piece of advice you’d give to someone who wants to be a Sidekick?
Just be yourself and work hard! While being a Sidekick, I came to realise that you are not just helping the client with the day but representing yourself as well. Out of so many potential candidates, they have chosen you – so be the best version of yourself!
Why do you love what you do?
Because love is happiness and happiness is success to me.