On the back of the announcement by the UAE government to offer 10-year visas to investors, and professionals with specialist skills. Another segment that is set to benefit from the sweeping changes: Students. Specifically “exceptional” students. To be frank, I have always found that its disheartening to see students in universities worry about their future here after they graduate.
This reminded me of a study conducted in 2016 by leading HR Consultancy Aon called the Qudurat Wave report which was conducted with Dubai International Academic City. A key finding from the report was this: ‘Seven out of 10 university students intend to stay in the UAE after graduation’
Other interesting findings from the Qudurat Survey were:
“Only 17 per cent Emiratis surveyed for this year’s edition of Qudurat Wave study opted to work for the public sector as compared to 53 per cent in the previous edition”. While this result is encouraging, the question that begs an answer is what happens to Emirati students after graduating that changes their career preferences significantly towards opting for a career in the public sector only?
“One in five expats chose to go down the entrepreneurial route post their studies”. I for one, expected at least Two out of Five expats to prefer the entrepreneurial path. Could the students’ concerns over the challenging economic climate globally and regionally be the reason why there is less an appetite to set up on their own?