E-commerce graduates urged to join IT workforce

Dubai e-government encourages e-commerce students, due to graduate from Sharjah Women’s College (SWC) next year, to take up e-commerce jobs in the country.

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By  Vijaya George Published  December 30, 2002

The first batch of e-commerce students is due to graduate from Sharjah Women’s College (SWC) next year. At a panel discussion organised by the students, representatives from Dubai e-government and the private sector discussed potential IT job opportunities for national women.

“The global expansion of software and IT-enabled services has broadened the job prospects for women in this field, making e-commerce a potential gold mine for women,” said Ged Ryan, head of Career programmes, SWC. “This field is particularly ideal for emirati women because they can utilise their educational qualifications to the maximum without breaking any social barriers," he explained, referring to the possibilities of working from home.

Speaking at the event, Salem Al Shair, director of e-services, Dubai e-government urged SWC’s e-commerce graduates to join the national workforce. “E-commerce will help the women to compete and win in an increasingly demanding marketplace because it means improved operations, decreased costs, increased sales and facilitated communication with customers, partners and employees," he said.

"In order to survive and compete on a global level, UAE women need to leverage their qualifications in the important sector of e-commerce and take advantage of new business opportunities and markets. Dubai e-Government has always supported and encouraged the role of emirati women in the business arena and our participation in this panel discussion further highlights our commitment," he added.

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