UAE grads see engineering as one of the most attractive industries, according to survey

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9th August 2018 13:11 - Engineering

UAE grads see engineering as one of the most attractive industries: When considering a career beyond study, engineering jobs are the most appealing say graduates in the UAE. 

That is according to research for the Fresh Graduates in the MENA survey, which polled 1,293 new UAE graduates students.

The study polled graduates from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, Algeria, UAE, Morocco, Sudan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Kuwait, Oman, Iraq, Libya, Palestine, Syria, Qatar and Bahrain, to see the industries they were likely to pursue and perceptions around graduate uptake. 

The survey by and YouGov found 28 percent of respondents felt an engineering and design role was the most attractive in terms of potential future career potential followed by advertising/marketing/PR (25 percent) and business consultancy (21 percent).

Respondents also gave their opinion on the industries offering the largest number of opportunities to new graduates, which they felt were: advertising/marketing/PR (28 percent), banking and finance (17 percent), and construction/property development/real estate.

When it comes to hiring graduates straight out of university, 72 percent believe their inexperience is the top reason for being overlooked for a role.

Fifty-seven percent of respondents said they believe some industries take on more new grads than others because they have lower salary expectations, while 37 percent said its because they are more willing to follow instruction.

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