By Andrew White
Survey: 2/3 of region’s job seekers believe higher education 'crucial' for career.
More than two thirds of the region’s job seekers believe that pursuing a higher education programme is crucial for career advancement, according to a new survey.
Around 67 percent of respondents to the Bayt.com poll said higher education training was ‘crucial’, while 57 percent agreed it was ‘very crucial’. Only eight percent said that they do not believe higher education is important for career development.
The poll, which surveyed 19,305 job seekers from across the Middle East, also asked professionals what role they believe a higher education degree plays in securing a promotion. Almost a third of those polled, 31 percent, believe that holding a higher education degree gives a working professional in the Middle East a better chance to a quicker promotion.
However, 28 percent said that a higher education degree does not play a role in promotion, unless it is backed with the relevant career experience. 18 percent of respondents said that performance and hard work are what matter most when it comes to job promotion, while 16 percent said that it depends on the nature of the position and the individual employee.
When the professionals were asked if their organisations support or encourage employees to pursue higher education, 51 percent replied that this was not the case.
Just 20 percent of those surveyed said their organisations allow flexible timings for part time students, while 18 percent of those polled said that it depends. Another five percent said that their organisations allow unpaid leave for professionals wishing to pursue higher education abroad, and another five percent said their organisations offer to cover part or full tuition for their employees’ higher education programme.
Further qualification of this survey or some transparency would be welcome here; just how many of those surveyed were locals? Never mind the 31% "who believe that holding a higher education degree gives a working professional in the Middle East a better chance to a quicker promotion " we live in a country (and region) where itâ€™s almost mandatory for non nationals to have a bachelors degree (or equivalent) to obtain a skilled labour visa to start off with!