UAE seen as an attractive choice for fresh graduates
Bayt.com and YouGov conducted a survey titled “Fresh Graduates in the MENA”
Young job seekers and fresh graduates are willing to relocate to the UAE for job opportunities according to MidEast job portal Bayt.com and YouGov.
The survey, ‘Fresh Graduates in the MENA', highlighted three important factors when selecting the right job; 44% of respondents aim to find a job they are passionate about, 11% want to work in a well-known organisation and 8% seek career progression.
Furthermore, 24% of respondents in the UAE are attracted to careers in engineering / design, which is followed by banking / finance (20%) and advertising / marketing (20%).
When asked about salary expectations in the UAE, 30% of respondents expect to receive a salary between $751 and $1,500 in their first job, with 30% stating higher than $1,501 and 28% revealing lower than $750. Respondents also revealed that in addition to their basic salary, personal medical insurance, housing allowance, annual air ticket and transportation allowance should be included within their benefits package.
The survey also revealed the challenges fresh graduates face, according to 68% of UAE respondents, finding a job was a top challenge, followed by discovering what career path to choose and lastly saving money.
Additionally, job seekers found that ‘employers were looking for candidates with previous work experience' (52%), followed by the challenge of ‘knowing how to approach the job search effectively' (39%) and knowing ‘where to find relevant jobs' (36%).
Respondents also commented on what skills they believe are required to excel in the workplace, with more than half (58%) stating communication skills. This was followed by computer skills (45%), academic and technical skills (39%), and flexibility / adaptability to change (32%).
Moving forward, 38% of respondents say they will keep looking until they find a job, 31% said that they will begin looking for a job in another industry / job role of their choice and 16% will start looking for a job no matter what industry / job role it is.
Results from the ‘Fresh Graduates in the MENA' survey are based on 1,865 respondents.