The shift in industry choices made by the youth of today is clearly visible in the latest study of UAE students by employer branding and advisory firm Universum.
According to the study, the most enticing offer an employer can make, to tomorrow's workers, is work/life balance, closely followed by security and job stability. Somewhat at odds with the first two aspirations, tomorrow's workers want jobs that are entrepreneurial and creative.
The preferred industry to work in for UAE students is Arts, Entertainment and Recreation. Media & Advertising, comes second, and Health Care Services come third.
The 30 year old consultancy surveyed 5,174 students across 44 universities for its study.
According to responses, four of the top 10 employers for students studying business, from January to July 2018 were local firms:
4. Etihad Airways
5. Dubai Airports
8. Ernst & Young
An even higher number of UAE companies made it to the top 10 most favoured employers for students studying science, technology, engineering and maths. Future energy company Masdar (featured image) makes a particularly strong showing.
7. Dubai Airports
9. Dubai Electricity and Water Authority
10. Etihad Airways
If you are interested in finding out more, the PDF outline of the survey may be downloaded here.