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English skills, long working hours in focus at career fair

English skills, long working hours in focus at career fairImage Credit: Ahmed Ramzan,

Strong English language skills, willingness to work beyond official hours and a high GPA are among some of the prerequisites for job opportunities, companies attending a career fair said on Wednesday.

In its ninth edition this year, Najah higher education and career exhibition featured over 140 participating exhibitors, several of which were companies across the UAE looking to hire fresh graduates and job seekers.

Khalifa Al Rumaithi, an officer at Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (Adnoc) recruitment department, told Gulf News that the company is planning to hire around 4,000 people this year and 70 per cent of vacancies have been filled.

''We are now looking to recruit potential employees for the remaining 30 per cent of the positions we have available. We want fresh graduates who can start with us and learn everything from scratch. Whoever we hire has to be a UAE national, which I believe tops our priorities for this year in terms of recruitment,'' Al Rumaithi explained.

''Being able to speak and write fluently in English, graduating with a high GPA from any university, whether in the UAE or abroad, and making sure that potential employees have completed their national service, are among some of the other factors we take into account,'' he added.

Available positions are for chemical, mechanical, petroleum and marine engineers between the ages of 21-24, Al Rumaithi added.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Al Beloushi, Adviser to the Chairman and CEO of STRATA, said that they have two types of jobs available.

''We are currently looking for technicians, who could be from grade seven and onwards, as long as they're above 20 years old. We offer those who apply for this position a 10-month intensive progamme in collaboration with UAE University and Lockheed Martin. Professors from the university are in charge of teaching the theoretical courses, while experts from Lockheed Martin guide students through the practical side of things.''

''The second type of job we have available is for those who pursued their bachelor's degree or higher degrees in mechanical engineering. For these kinds of jobs, one of the most important requirements is to be able to speak English fluently as we deal with a lot of international clients.''

There are approximately 15 jobs currently available for fresh graduates at STRATA, Al Beloushi added.

''Potential employees should also be open to the idea of working outside the company's official working hours.''

Al Beloushi said many people tend to quit their jobs merely for a slight increase in their salaries.

''A lot of people switch jobs just for a Dh500 or Dh1,000 increase. They should look at the bigger picture, as in what kind of experience they are receiving in return, particularly if they are still at the start of their careers.''

As for the Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre (ADFSC), a minimum of 15 fresh graduates will be hired before the end of this year to work in the agriculture sector, Rashid Abdullah Al Qubaisi, Human Recourses and Administration Director for Abu Dhabi Farmers' Services Centre, said.

ADFSC also announced that the organisation will look to increase its recruiting efforts over the next 12 months in line with national Emiratisation plans.

''We presently have open positions in both technical and commercial services, all of which are essential positions that help farmers grow and market their produce. Other office-based support roles are available in human resources, customer service and more,'' he added.

Candidates applying for open positions can submit applications at ADFSC's booth at the Najah 2015 exhibition and suitable candidates may be hired immediately.

A survey conducted in collaboration between and the market research company YouGOV, targeted employers registered with across the Middle East and revealed that about 31 per cent of employers in the UAE are looking to hire UAE nationals and expats.

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Source: Maisoon Mubarak, Special to

The writer is a trainee at Gulf News