Breaking barriers: Ali Shiran Jabir’s career journey at Sheraton Maldives

In celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Marriott International proudly highlights the extraordinary achievements of its associates who have overcome challenges to realize their career aspirations. Among these remarkable individuals is Ali Shiran Jabir, currently serving as the Assistant Storekeeper at Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.

Ali’s journey with Sheraton Maldives began in 2007 when the resort was under the Universal Resorts umbrella. Starting as a laundry attendant, Ali’s progression exemplifies the saying “BIGGER THE DREAM, HARDER THE EFFORT.” Despite lacking prior work experience, Ali’s dedication and commitment to excellence propelled him forward, and he seized every opportunity that came his way.

In a recent interview, Ali shared insights into his inspiring career:

How did you start working in your hotel? “I started working in this hotel 15 years ago when it was under the Universal Resorts. I didn’t have any working experience at the time, but I believed that ‘BIGGER THE DREAM, HARDER THE EFFORT,’ and that held true for me as I was given all the opportunities.”

Share your most memorable/enjoyable moment working in Marriott. “Over the past 15 years, I’ve had many memorable and enjoyable experiences. Hearing my own name called out and receiving awards has been truly memorable. Additionally, I’ve enjoyed numerous outings like picnics and fishing with my team, fostering strong bonds with my colleagues.”

What support did you receive from Marriott International and your hotel to help you achieve your career potential/Be you? “In this resort, I’ve received immense support from management and colleagues. I’ve had opportunities for training in various fields, and my seniors consistently recognize and appreciate my work. The hotel’s management prioritizes employees’ mental fitness, and I look forward to more encouragement from my team to accomplish my goals in the future.”

What advice would you give to other candidates/associates with disabilities on how they can pursue their career aspirations? “My advice is to identify areas for work growth and learn new skills. Research your career options and make a plan. Manage expectations with others and don’t take anything in your career personally. Regarding disabilities, many people believe they can’t do anything, but it’s not true. They can show great decision-making confidence and become integral parts of their communities.”

Ali’s story is an illustration of resilience, dedication, and support from organizations like Marriott International. On the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Ali Shiran Jabir stands as proof of the limitless potential individuals have with the right opportunities and support.