“Stop dreaming of government jobs,” UAE foreign minister tells young people

Author: PM editorial | Date: 15 Mar 2017

Youth urged to invest in themselves and aim high for big private sector roles

The UAE’s foreign minister, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, says the country’s youth should “stop dreaming of government jobs” and aim higher.
According to the Khaleej Times, the minister, speaking at the Future Generations Forum in Dubai, said young people should invest in themselves, show entrepreneurial initiative and look towards the private sector.
“The challenge is to develop skills and gain as much knowledge as you possibly could, so you can catch up with all the changes that are happening,” said Sheikh Abdullah.
“Nearly 75 per cent of the jobs available today will be obsolete by the time children born this year join the workforce.”
He suggests young people should be more creative in their career choices and not so focussed on the perceived security of a government job. Those who are learning should prepare themselves to make sure they are able to keep up with the rapid changes being brought about by new technology.
“The UAE provides the best start-up support in the region, and it is one of the easiest countries to become an entrepreneur,” Sheikh Abdullah told Gulf News. “So instead of simply looking for government sector positions, our students have to be more ambitious and hopeful, and truly want to contribute to their homeland.
Dr Ahmad Abdullah Humaid Bel Houl Al Falasi, minister of state for Higher Education, said that Emiratis were natural entrepreneurs.
“However, when education was first institutionalised here, not enough attention was paid to promoting this entrepreneurial drive,” he said. “This is, however, changing, with innovation incubators being set up at universities across the country to help students translate their ideas from paper to reality. And trends indicate that today’s students are now more willing to become job creators instead of jobseekers.”
In January, the government signed an agreement to give students vocational training for private sector work. Its aim is to get young people into part-time and voluntary work, as well as teach them skills that are directly relevant to the working environment where they will eventually be searching for jobs.