20 October, 2006

Careers in UAE for fresh graduates

For long this has been an issue in the UAE that if you are a fresh graduate in UAE what will you do? You are undoubtedly at an advantage if you are a local but what are other graduates supposed to rely on? Its a million dollar question and specially when UAE is pushing towards all these Knowledge villages, healthcare cities with teaching hospitals and medical colleges, engineering schools and growing number of educational institutions all around the cities. Students often approach me for help in this regard and I am only able to help a very few through my contacts. But the majority has to either get frustrated, choose odd jobs or change their careers to atleast get their first jobs. I know a lot of fresh engineering and business graduates who end up in real estate or call centers because they cannot wait too long for a job in their fields.

Being an engineer myself I cannot emphasise more on the importance of internships and ongoing student industry partnerships that actually make wonders happen in the US and UK job and technology markets but here in UAE I think no one cares less about it. Students enrolled in prestigious universities in UAE are just theoretical students. I know a lot of parents who end up sending their children to home countries because of these issues. To me this is not only a flaw in the educational industry in UAE but also will hinder in its future growth.

I wish authorities in education do look into this matter and make an independent panel of experts to look into the matter for making education less commercial and more practical.

7 comments:

ArabLady said...

“But the majority has to either get frustrated, choose odd jobs or change their careers to atleast get their first jobs. “


Oh finally I got something I can relate to on this blog!!

Yes yes I wanna screaaaaaaaaaaaaaaam coz with proud I am a member of the Jobless Club…! Yes I’m a fresh graduate who’s desperately looking for the Right JOB! Yes the right one coz I don’t want to end up working in sales or admin ………if u r a good looking hot chick with fluency in English and some good contacts then no worries….

And yeah I do agree with u that our educational system lacks focusing on the practical aspect…but wut to do !!

Hopefully, i wont “end up in real estate or call centers because they cannot wait too long for a job in their fields”.

Keefieboy said...

It's tough getting that first job anywhere in the world, not just here.

Career Mentor said...

Yes I do agree to some extent that it is tough getting that first job but not as tough as in UAE where all adds and odds are against the fresh graduates. 99.9% of the adds you see in a newspaper call for minimum 5 years experience here in the UAE market now if you will not give job to someone how will he get expereince. Again the void is getting bigger with the absence of a true sytem. It is not about job availability only it is more about the system where the young guns are nurtured and guided towards better careers and getting better jobs from the beginning. How many universities in UAE have a true student affairs department that takes care of internships and placements later on. How many local companies infact giants encourage internships or have fresh graduate programs? Maybe I am unaware of them can you please name a few. See the idea behind highlight these issues is not finger pointing but bringing relevant issues to limelight and finding solutions to overcome these problem before they become mennace. Remember frustration is the key to crime as well. Less frustrated and more occupied youth builds the nation.

By the way I volunteer myself if any services are required for developing such system here in the UAE.

Emirati said...

If youre a UAE National, Study hard, work hard, goto a good school and get plenty of experience and you should be fine.

Career Mentor said...

but thats where we are stuck. If you are a UAE antional you can get an entry level job and thus a lot of expereince whereas when we are developing a multicultural, multiethinic cosmopolitan society then what do these others do? If they cannot find entry level jobs then how will they ever get experience?

emirati repeats again said...

If youre a UAE National, Study hard, work hard, goto a good school and get plenty of experience and you should be fine.

marwan said...

"If youre a UAE National, Study hard, work hard, goto a good school and get plenty of experience and you should be fine."

If you are anything else, kindly fuck off. If you are an Asian, disregard the 'kindly'.

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