Ever wondered who are we?
Well, Sarah Barakat, the founder herself, will introduce us to how Edulinx came to life...
The biggest life question a teenager is expected to answer is what do you want to do when you graduate?
When I was in high school, we didn't have anything remotely similar to education counseling. We chose our majors based on what our parents thought best, what careers paid better and our childhood dreams.
I wanted to become a doctor because I wanted to help people and studying medicine seemed like a way to achieve that.
Like most high school students today, I learned the hard way that what you love and what you are good at can often be different; my first lesson.
Back in 2004 physics was a requirement for medicine but I was not good at physics, so I dropped it.
So, there I was, a 16-year-old with no university plan. I focused on my grades, and they came out better than anyone expected but I still hadn't decided what to do.
After much uncertainty I majored in Economics and Political Sciences. My second big lesson; what you are good at is not necessarily what you want to do.
Judging by my performance I should've been a financial analyst. Sadly, banking and finance were not my passion. I learned lesson number three during an internship; studying a subject at university is not the same as working the field. And I had to admit yet again that I didn't know what job I wanted.
So, I studied hard, lived the full university experience, and graduated with good grades.
I decided to teach instead of accepting a job offer within my field.
Teaching led to training and development, sales, recruitment and finally Education consulting.
Recruitment for studying abroad was a new industry back in 2012. I worked with a multinational and I was hired as part of the startup team in Egypt. It was hard work but also a great opportunity to learn first-hand from market research, trial, and error. I loved my job and my students. It felt real, making a difference in people's lives. Helping them choose what's best for themselves and giving them what I never had - proper guidance.
In 2016 my husband and I were blessed with a daughter. Becoming a parent changed my priorities and I had to consider how I can better spend my time and invest in her future.
So, my life partner and I decided to become business partners too. His expertise with business development and my technical knowledge created Edulinx Education in January 2017.
Owning a customer facing business isn't easy, especially when you have children. But it's a blessing to be able to do what I truly love by my own standards.
It becomes challenging of course with economic crisis and pandemics but I believe in what we do and I'm very lucky to have earned the privilege of taking part in the journeys of hundreds of young people.
Edulinx grows bigger and more successful each year with the help of a great group, of people I'm proud to call my team and with the trust that parents and students have in us.