Besides Foreign Investors, Students are set to benefit from the latest Visa changes in the UAE

University Students

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?

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Author: Talib Hashim

Abdulmuttalib Al Hashimi (Talib) was born in 1977. He grew up in a sleepy town called Rashidiya, a far cry from the lights and bustle of Dubai. Talib began his career taking on a number of odd jobs (Yes, the legend of the one month stint he landed as a Magician/Promoter in the summer of '96 during the Dubai Shopping Festival is true). His first taste of the corporate world came with the large international bank HSBC, where he started in a small role as a 'Recovery and Debt Collector'. Fortunately, he moved up quickly during his tenure in the bank and was eventually recruited to be part of an elite team of Traders in the banks Global Market department. Inspite of the "Wall Street" like glitz and glamour that came with his role; Talib decided to submit his resignation in the summer of 2006 and say 'Adios' to his cubicle, a regular income -a well paying one too-, his SUV and the life of employment. Together with a young Emirati lady, he established Next Level Management Consultancy, a recruitment firm with specialisation in the niche market of 'Emiratisation' (Employing and developing UAE citizens). He is always proud of the fact that he has helped numerous Emiratis find employment. And he would like to think that he contributed -even if a little bit- to helping them lead happier and more fulfilling lives. Talib holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Project Management. He is an expert in Emiratisation and GCC national employment issues and initiatives. He is also a regular speaker on the topics of employment, development of people, Emirati entrepreneurship and also cultural challenges in the workplace. He also gives a series of motivational speeches titled "10 lessons I learned in 2009". Talib is an expert in multi-cultural issues that influence the Arab workplace and helps companies bridge the gap between their expatriate and local staff. He is often accused by some to be an idealist and a dreamer, however, Talib works tirelessly to become an agent of positive change in society (and ofcourse achieve amazing success as an Entrepreneur in the process). Talib believes that all Arab youth deserve the opportunity and the right to pursue their dreams and aspirations regardless of their race, caste, colour, status and family name in society; and hence he is a strong advocate of national and Arab youth empowerment. He has a passion for travelling and backpacking. He enjoys reading books on history, autobiographies and self improvement. He is currently trying to improve his sketching skills.

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