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The Bayt.com Fresh Graduates in the Middle East and North Africa Survey

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July 24, 2016

Graduation is a time of celebration, but also a time of uncertainty and anticipation as fresh graduates start planning for their future and looking for their first job. In this survey, Bayt.com investigates the employment opportunities available for fresh graduates across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. Findings from the survey demonstrate how particularly challenging it is for young job seekers across the MENA to secure a first job with their current skills.

The Bayt.com Fresh Graduates in the Middle East and North Africa survey gathers the perceptions of young graduates across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region regarding the job market and what they want from their jobs, and careers. It describes some of the obstacles fresh graduates face when looking for a job, and reveals the extent to which their education is preparing them for the current workplace.

Key findings:

  • In line with previous findings, ‘finding a job’ was selected by fresh graduates across the MENA as the biggest challenge faced by their generation.
  • Almost three-quarters (72%) of respondents claimed to be generally satisfied with the quality of higher education they received, with those in the UAE, Qatar and Oman most likely to be ‘very satisfied’ with the quality of their education.
  • Over half (56%) of fresh graduates in the MENA felt that the education they received either did not prepare them to target their industry of choice (22%), or did so but only to some extent (34%).
  • Seven in 10 fresh graduates surveyed felt that their college did not help them identify or apply for job opportunities.
  • Online job sites, such as Bayt.com, emerged as the most popular avenue (63%) used by fresh graduates in the MENA region when looking for their first job.
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