Emirati women put career before marriage

October 31, 2013 | By | Reply More

Oct 31, – The UAE government’s efforts in providing quality education and empowering the Emirati women are now beginning to rub off on many of the young ladies who are opting for personal development, having a thriving career and independence before embarking on the marriage wagon.

hromedia Young Emirati women put career before marriage intl. news2“Career before marriage is more important now for all people because if you have a career, you can build a good future and would make our children (respect) us,” said Aleya Salman, 24.

Holding a business degree from the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT), Aleya was at the education and recruitment show in the Capital looking to land a job at any of the government entities.

“In the past, there was no opportunity to work but now women can study and work. I find myself lucky to be living in this day and age,” she said. Also at Najah on the second day on Wednesday was Abeer Ghazi, 20. Abeer is a third-year business and tourism student at the HCT and is looking for a part-time job.

“I would like to work in the morning and study in the afternoon. For now, any job would do but when I finish my bachelor (degree), I will apply for a job related to my field,” she said. Among her employment options was Etihad Airways which, she said, is suitable for her field of education.

Like Aleya, Abeer is adamant to have a successful career. “I would like to have a career first before having kids,” she affirmed. Reem Al Ahbabi, 25, a fresh graduate from Zayed University, was looking for a scholarship support to enable her to get her master’s in PR and communications.

“I am looking here for companies that would offer me scholarship to complete my study and an opportunity for training. I registered with every stand and already had one interview,” she said.

Despite having a stable job, Reem said she is keen to complete her higher education.

“When we complete our study, there’s more opportunity. Bachelor (degree) is not enough these days, employers see this like having only a high school certificate. We need to at least have a master’s degree in order to get a leg up,” she stressed.

It is exactly the same sentiment shared by Khulood Al Katheeri, 24. The mother of two already had two certificates from the HCT, the latest of which is the work residence programme (WRB), where she learned typing and secretarial skills.

“The WRB is not enough when looking for work in big companies like Adnoc or in hospitals; you must at least have a diploma,” she said. Khulood is now taking a four-month preparatory class at the Abu Dhabi Vocational Education and Training Institute (ADVETI) to prepare her for a two-year course in either IT or media.  “I want to work and ADVETI will give me the job. My kids have started school now and I don’t want just to sit at home and do nothing,” she said.

Currently being held at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Najah is hosting more than 160 local and international universities, higher education institutions, as well as, employers.

Press journalist for HRO media – contributed to this report.

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