May ‘13
Insight Interview

May ‘13
Cool Jobs: Jawhara Nafa
Cool Jobs: Jawhara Nafa


Job satisfaction can be measured in a lot of ways: benefits, job security, career advancement and work-life balance. Even earning a salary of $$$, doesn't guarantee you'll be happy at work. But a fun job that you can look forward to going to every day, that's a job everyone wants. If you're looking for fun and a chance to make some good money both of which we hope will lead to job satisfaction, here are jobs worth considering. Our list isn't based on a survey, but on unscientific criteria that include real people who are satisfied, having fun at work and independent.

Tell us more about what you do: I am a treasure-hunter, a traveler/explorer with an appetite for new places, people, cultures, and beautiful things. Whether kayaking to a remote Laotian village in search of rare silks, trekking in Burma on the trail of fine lacquerware, or scouting the marketplaces of Bali for wood-carved furnishings and curiosities, I collect and assemble the extraordinary.

Where you are right now, has it been your dream since you were young or this is something you did not expect?

My earliest ambition was to be an air-hostess, after that an archaeologist, then a hotel owner, then an interior designer. Except for archaeology they are all fields that are unrelated to my current career so it was definitely something I did not expect.

What can you do in your career that no one else can do?

Pack a suitcase in 5 minutes '˜º

What do you love the most and least about your job?

Most: I love the actual treasure-hunt, Least: waiting in airports

What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?

Honestly things in my career have been going very neatly up till now. No fiascos yet, thankfully. I will say this: The more obstacles are in treasure-hunting the more adventurous the experience becomes.

Tell us about a crazy/funny situation/obstacle that you had to face during your profession?

Luckily escaping a bomb blast in Bali and then volunteering to work in the morgue for 5 days in the aftermath '˜¹(

What's the most difficult decision you've made in the last two years and how did you come to that decision?

Still undecided '˜º

What are the top 5 things that people should have in order to be successful? (Whether it's an object, personality, person etc.)

Passion, Determination, Respect, A Sense of Humour & Good Health

What is your personal mission statement?

I don't have one but like the Michael Jackson song says 'Don't stop till you get enough'

Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

It's my secret

Which super power would you like to have?

To be invisible.

Say you are dead '” what would your eulogy say about you?

'A humanitarian with great taste'