Employers now preferring skills to degrees

Employers now preferring skills to degrees

Private entities and government organisations in the UAE are now focusing on hiring fresh talent who are adept in skills rather than the ones who are equipped with a plethora of university degrees. This trend is in sync with global inclinations that are shifting towards hiring talented individuals rather than giving weightage to degrees.

Employers in the UAE prefer to hire candidates who have the right type of experience and the attitude needed for the job. This was revealed by the panelists who participated in the launch of GEMS Xhibit 2018, an initiative spearheaded by the GEMS school group. This was preceded by a talk on education that was delivered by Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence. The minister urged students to be well equipped to compete in a future world that may be dominated by machines and robots.

The advisor to the Dubai Executive Office, Dr Sayd Farooq, said that the government body had dropped the concept of degrees as a pre-requisite for employment. He said that it was being increasingly acknowledged that experience and flair for the job are far more superior to university degrees. What is needed is a ‘’growth mindset’’.