Awarded as the Best Graduate Trainee Program across the Middle East in 2013, VIVA’s flagship Program is specifically designed for fresh Bahraini graduates to provide a unique opportunity to graduates seeking a highly successful career.

Tips & Advice

  • Ahmed Al Jowder, Director – Accounting

    How to handle the high expectations and manage deliverables at the work place in VIVA?

    Different people at our work place will have different expectations from you. Nevertheless, many of these expectations go way beyond your capabilities and you may start feeling lost. But do not feel so, because it is a great motivation that people have expectations from you which brings with it challenges helping us stretch beyond our capabilities, to the maximum limit.

    What you should realize is that you cannot deliver perfection to everyone’s expectation, it can never happen, but as all entrepreneurs know, you’re made or broken by your ability to set priorities. You must focus on the most important mission critical tasks. There will be times when you will need to break, take a step back and brainstorm on how to tackle the challenges and reorganize priorities, and then share, delegate and ask for help if needed.

  • Ashraf Rizkallah, Director – Procurement

    How to practice and preach VIVA values at work place?

    In VIVA, the following corporate values are embedded in our DNA:-
    - Honesty
    - Cooperation
    - Respect
    - Initiative
    - Loyalty
    - Commitment

    Honesty encourages open communication between employers, employees and co-workers. This leads to effective relationships within the organization and we expect the Graduate Trainees to strongly display the trait of honesty in their dealings from day one in order to build a strong career in VIVA.

    Even if a Graduate Trainee’s job does not involve interacting with customers directly, his / her job plays a key role in keeping VIVA customers pleased. Each trainee should handle every task with full energy and strive hard to make someone’s life a little easier every day by helping them.

    In VIVA, we have an open-door policy wherein we solicit suggestions from all staff. The Graduate Trainees will feel comfortable with taking any initiative and presenting new ideas that get easily recognized by our Management.

    In VIVA, we are loyal to both our customers and employees and we are always behind them to make them understand that we care for their needs.

  • Saud Al Tami, Director – HR Services

    How is teamwork followed in VIVA and the way communication is carried out at the work place?

    VIVA is a dynamic organization with a diverse workforce.

    We seek to create an atmosphere that enables employees to make the most of their unique abilities, backgrounds and skills, and to achieve their full potential.

    We are always open to new ideas and act with transparency. Decisions are made with our stakeholders, keeping company and employees’ best interests in mind. We strongly believe in building consensus by getting people together to agree on common goals for the benefit of all.

    We encourage all employees, to have direct contact with management, their superiors and colleagues, in order for communications to flow easily, smoothly, and as transparent as possible. This gets translated to the open door policy that is practiced and preached at all levels.

    All our colleagues seek to promote our corporate values in their primary governance of the company and encourage the new joiners to embrace our culture and values positively in their day-to-day activities.

    In VIVA we lead by example and with this approach the team here always goes hand in hand beyond the extra mile always, to exceed our Management's expectations.

  • Layla Janahi, Director – Corporate Social Responsibility

    What are the adjustments that the trainee would be required to do to adapt to VIVA work culture?

    The below points will give a better understanding of the essential areas that trainees would be required to focus on:-

    - VIVA needs employees to respond appropriately and efficiently to improve personal adaptability and managing stress.
    - VIVA needs employees who get along and bring out the best in others.
    - We expect our employees to manage time in the workplace smartly. We do not just rely on getting the work the done on time, but we look forward for deliverables before the specified deadline.
    - We set high expectations for employees to exceed the set targets. We require employees that have the strong urge to go beyond their capacity to deliver.
    - We seek for individuals that have strong reasoning skills to proactively predict problem outcomes and adjust suitably to it.
    - We encourage our employees to be creative and try new ways of doing things, as this could result in improvements and innovation in our existing systems and processes.

  • Hisham Badoui, Director – Products & System Development

    How to make a project successful?

    As a Trainee, you would be required to participate in a high level project within your business operations, during the training program.

    Following are the brief tips that we would recommend, as these would be useful when you get actually engaged in a project during your tenure in VIVA.

    In VIVA, before embarking on a critical project, the stakeholders undertake a detailed feasibility study of the project at the micro level so as to build a strong foundation at the early stages that would then result in successful delivery of the project.

    In order for a project to be considered successful we ensure that we follow the listed criteria:-

    1. Planning is the foundation of any project. It is used as the roadmap for the projects which will educate the team members and keep them organized. Part of the planning phase is to plan for the scope of the project. The scope will dictate the type of resources expertise required, timelines, budget, and deliverables.
    2. After careful planning, the project execution begins by gathering the business requirement; analyze the requirements and designing the solution.
    3. A closure of the project is mandatory to ensure that all critical success factors have been met. A confirmation of the project delivery, testing, and release must be agreed upon and signed off by stakeholders.

    Finally, we look into the following aspects to measure the success of a project.

    - Whether the project has been delivered within the estimated budget?
    - Have all project milestones been successfully met?
    - Whether deliverable deadlines have been regularly met?
    - Whether the Executive Management is getting positive feedback from the stakeholders?