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ICT careers growing popularity among Emiratis

Careers UAE job seekers fair says ICT jobs now among top ten for UAE nationals

Careers UAE says ICT jobs are now among the top ten for UAE nationals.
Careers UAE says ICT jobs are now among the top ten for UAE nationals.

Jobs in the telecoms, IT and media sectors are in increasing demand among job-seeking Emiratis, according to findings by nationals recruitment fair Careers UAE.

Careers in technology are now among the top ten most sought-after industries according from figures from last year's show. The recruitment and training fair returns to Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) from 19th to 21st March.

"This developing trend reflects increasing recognition amongst Emirati job seekers of the wealth of opportunities and career progression that exists in these new age industries, and particularly how they are playing a major role in the development of Dubai's Smart City ambitions and the UAE's strategy of emerging as a credible knowledge-based economy," explained Asma Al Sharif, Show Director - Careers UAE 2019.

"The sheer scale of opportunities opening up from UAE-wide adoption of strategies to advance technologies, including artificial intelligence, machine learning, automation and blockchain, appeal to Emirati's nation-building ambitions and enable them to play an active role in reshaping business and the economy."

The IT and media trend is also being leveraged by online internship placement agency Oliv, a Careers UAE 2019 exhibitor, which sees sectors such as ICT more in demand than conventional career opportunities.

"We've seen high demand for engineering and business majors across various specialisations including civil engineering and data scientists. From a candidate's perspective, the two most common backgrounds we see from recent graduates are engineering and mass communications backgrounds, which breakdown further into various sub-specialisations such as bio-chemical engineering for would-be engineers. The country's creative or digital savvy youth are also pursuing careers in mass communications, an acknowledgement of how the evolving social and digital media landscape is impacting the next generation," explained Mieray Arotine, Director - Business Execution at Oliv.

Careers UAE 2019, which is open exclusively for UAE nationals and HR practitioners, will run at DWTC from 19th to 21st March. For more information, please visit www.careersuae.ae