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Young UAE Nationals favour engineering, tech careers

Survey shows 40% of young UAE Nationals want careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics-related fields

Young UAE Nationals favour engineering, tech careers

Young UAE nationals are favouring a move away from their parents’ careers, and looking to science, technology, engineering and mathematics for future job prospects, according to a new survey.

Commissioned by Emirates Global Aluminium, the survey found that the majority (68 percent) of young people need more high-profile role models and internship opportunities to help further their chosen career.

The survey, conducted by YouGov found that 40 percent of 18-24 year old Emiratis are interested in entering science, technology (collectively known as STEM), engineering and mathematics fields. Just 23 percent of Emirati parents said they would pick the same sectors if they were young today.

A total of 85 percent of young people and 87 percent of parents see careers in STEM as more likely to contribute to national development than careers in other fields.

Some 38 percent of young UAE Nationals see internships and on-the-job training opportunities as key to pursuing ambitions in these fields, while another 30 percent want access to the insights and experiences of high-profile people who have had successful careers in STEM.

“It is clear that we need more of our young people in the UAE to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It is the responsibility of major employers of these professionals like EGA, and those of us who have enjoyed successful careers in these fields, to do everything we can to make that happen both for our own companies and our nation,” said Abdulla Kalban, managing director and CEO of EGA.

EGA currently has 130 graduate trainees, primarily in STEM related disciplines. Graduate trainees undergo 18-month training programmes before taking on permanent roles at the company. EGA is also sponsoring 180 UAE nationals to study at university, most in various fields of engineering.