Engineering one of most attractive fields for UAE grads

Engineering and design fields currently top the list of the most attractive industries for fresh graduates in the UAE, according to a new survey

Suhail Masri, VP Employer Solutions,
Suhail Masri, VP Employer Solutions,

Engineering and design fields currently top the list of the most attractive industries for fresh graduates looking for jobs in the UAE, according to a new and YouGov survey.

Research for the “Fresh Graduates in the MENA” survey included 1,293 graduates from across the region who had completed their most recent qualification in the last three years.

The survey found that 28% of all participants saw engineering and design as the most appealing industries from a “career point of view”, with advertising/marketing/public relations (25%) and business consultancy (21%), coming in second and third, respectively.

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The industries that are hiring the highest proportions of fresh graduates according to respondents include advertising/marketing/public relations (28%), banking/finance (17%) and real estate/construction/property development (15%).

Suhail Masri, VP Employer Solutions,, said: “The job market is highly competitive today, and at entry level, due to the high numbers of young people across the region, competition is especially rife.

“To stand out, fresh graduates need to focus on fine-tuning both their transferable skills and leadership potential, via hands-on internship experiences or specialized courses.”

In fact, lower expectations on salary (57%) is seen as the main reason why respondents believe that some industries hire more fresh graduates than others, followed by more willingness to follow instructions (37%), the survey found.  

Conversely, 72% of fresh graduates claim that the lack of needed experience is the main reason why some industries are more hesitant to hire them.

“Ultimately, our goal at is to arm these graduates with the right tools needed to thrive in today’s ever-evolving employment sector. In fact, our job site features thousands of employment opportunities especially catered to fresh graduates,” Masri added.

“Entry-level candidates can also tap into different tools on that are designed to improve their skills and increase their professional knowledge.”

The survey was conducted from 22 May until 28 June 2018, and included respondents from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, UAE, Morocco, Sudan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Qatar, and Bahrain. All responses were collected online.

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