Experience helps equip them with the tools to seek the best jobs
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UAE-based university students are busy learning key industry skills through summer internships and part-time jobs. They say these work experiences help them acquire the skills needed for in-demand jobs.
These jobs give students a competitive edge in the rapidly changing digital work environment.
A Pakistani expat in Dubai, Kinza Khan works part-time at the Euromed Clinic for social media content and marketing.
speaking to Khaleej times, Kinza, a second-year student at Canadian University in Dubai (CUD) pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Public Relations, said, “I got noticed after starting a YouTube blog on my trip to CUD from the high school that eventually went viral. My university first approached me where I did some internships with them. Then I accepted this part-time job at Euromed.
Khan also attributes his willingness to work to his university which has always prepared students for in-demand jobs. She says, “My university has been very supportive of me, as have the students, staff and professors who trained me and helped me create my CV. I definitely thank my university for this.
“Juggling between work and studies can be difficult, but my employer is also quite flexible. I go to work early in the morning, then attend classes in the afternoon and on my days off. I think internships and part-time jobs help you stay ahead of the game. Let’s admit we live in a highly competitive world, and these jobs really help me hone my skills. The jobs I have had alongside my studies are more for gaining experience than for financial reasons. It taught me how to manage my time, reinforces what I’m learning in college, and helps me build key skills in the industry.
In addition to earning extra money, students have the opportunity to learn cutting-edge skills, including entrepreneurial, digital and technology skills, earn professional certificates from the world’s top companies, access hands-on learning with guided projects to master skills and stand out. with employers, and ultimately exploring the right career path.
Aaditya Warrier, who has been in the UAE since 2018, says, “I graduated from Dubai Emirates Hills (EH) International Academy in 2020 and since then have been studying at Duke University in the United States. States and I am a student of statistics. Since my family is here, I thought why not get some industry experience here in the UAE. I did an internship at Ernst & Young (EY) thanks to a recommendation. I have a good practical experience in mergers and acquisitions (M&A). I could eventually get into consulting and investment banking later. The industry experience I gained was truly rewarding. I have been given many responsibilities and feel that I have benefited greatly from this exposure. Unlike a few places in the West, where students are treated like cheap labour, here the picture was quite different, very positive… where my work was taken very seriously. All in all, it was a very productive experience that will definitely add value to my resume. »
Universities work with industry to prepare students for the best jobs
Meanwhile, universities in the United Arab Emirates are busy preparing the country’s next generation of talent to thrive in a competitive global workplace through new industry alliances.
Nahid Afshan, Admissions Manager, BITS Pilani Dubai Campus says, “We have industry collaboration and partner with almost 400+ organizations through the School of Practice. The BPDC practice school is part of the total program. It literally takes the class to a professional location for a period of 7.5 months where students under the supervision of the faculty are involved in a real situation. This contributes to the overall development of students and helps them network with potential employers. Some new collaborations in the UAE include companies like ADNOC, Bahwan Cybertek, Emirates Group, KSB Middle East FZE, Voltas, Axiom, and there are several more with India.
Dr. Saif Al Seiari, Vice Chancellor of Amity University Dubai, says, “The Amity Incubator Program is a certified free zone business incubator for SMEs in Dubai. He has mentored and guided several award-winning student start-ups. This ecosystem of student entrepreneurs organizes more than 60 entrepreneurial events per year and provides students with a platform to develop 21st century skills and learn how to become the future business leaders of the UAE.
Universities reaffirm that they have strong relationships with hundreds of industry partners, which has resulted in students being offered internships in different careers through their university portals.
Hameed Al-Obaidi, Senior Student Enrollment Officer at Rochester Institute of Technology – Dubai (RIT) said, “We start preparing students from the first semester. The RIT 365 course provides students with a foundation for success through a series of experiential learning opportunities in cooperation with expert industry partners. Through these experiments, students explore trends shaping the future such as AI, sustainability, robotics, among others. Students also learn to reflect, communicate, collaborate, and use critical thinking to meet challenges. »
Canadian University Dubai (CUD) has partnered with Coursera, Inc. (NYSE: COUR), one of the world’s largest online learning platforms to equip students with the skills required in the industry.
Professor Karim Chelli, President and Vice-Chancellor of CUD, says: “Our programs are designed to prepare students for work in a future green economy. This means that the curriculum for each course is technology-driven and grounded in the principles of sustainability, to ensure that graduates are equipped with a forward-thinking professional mindset, whatever discipline they are in. are studying. Additionally, DUC students can develop practical skills related to the workplace of the future through the recently inaugurated Center for Innovation and Sustainability and the Student Business Incubator. These initiatives provide a focal point for research, creativity and entrepreneurship, allowing students to explore sustainable innovations and pursue projects that support our commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.