Dubai, United Arab Emirates: The UAE has made considerable leaps in the past decade in terms of women’s empowerment, paving the way for more Emirati women to enter the private sector workforce. Despite this, young Emirati women still face a number of challenges when seeking employment in the private sector, whether that’s cultural and family pressures, lack of employment opportunities, lack of mentorship and guidance, lack of awareness of the job market, and limited access to resources.
One of the most common challenges that young Emirati women face when entering the private sector workforce is the lack of job opportunities. Despite the government’s efforts to create more jobs and opportunities for its citizens, the private sector is often slow to respond. This can be particularly frustrating for educated Emirati women who are eager to find a job that suits their qualifications, skill sets and interests.
Emirati women have been increasingly open to integrating into non-Emirati private organisations in recent years. This has been a positive step towards creating a more harmonised company culture, as it allows for a greater exchange of ideas and perspectives as they bring a unique set of skills and experiences to the table, which can help to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
In addressing these challenges, it is important for private sector companies to be mindful of cultural differences and to create a supportive and inclusive workplace culture. This can include providing training and resources on cultural sensitivity and awareness, as well as establishing open lines of communication to allow for the exchange of ideas and perspectives.
These companies can also support these young women in their transition to the workforce by offering mentorship and support and providing opportunities for career advancement. By doing so, companies can help Emirati women succeed in the private sector and contribute to a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
When choosing the right company to work for, young Emirati women take into account factors such as the organization’s values and reputation, its inclusivity, and its commitment to diversity and inclusion. They also consider the availability of career development opportunities, job security, and the organization’s policies on flexible working hours and family leave. Additionally, they also look for organizations that offer mentorship and guidance, and which provide a supportive and positive work environment.
Young Emirati women also look for companies that are willing to invest in their development. Companies that are willing to invest in their female employees’ education and professional growth are more likely to offer young Emirati women the support and opportunities they need to reach their full potential.
In line with the government’s recent Emiratization initiative, Yspot is dedicated to creating awareness on the employment of Emirati women in the private sector and aims to provide an environment for open dialogue and meaningful collaboration between employers, employees, and other stakeholders.
By providing a platform for sharing experiences and stories, the platform seeks to empower those involved in the employment process and encourage the development of meaningful solutions to the challenges faced by Emirati women.
Simultaneously, Yspot als offers youth courses on time management, presentation skills and work culture ethics. The work culture ethics course covers topics such as understanding different work cultures, knowing the company’s values and principles, and learning how to maintain a professional attitude. The course also provides tips on how to build relationships with colleagues, set boundaries, and practice ethical behavior in the workplace. The courses offered provide youth with the necessary skills to become top performers in their respective fields.
Ultimately, the key to success for young Emirati women when entering the private sector workforce is to do their research and choose the company that best meets their needs and interests. By finding a company that is committed to developing its female talent, investing in their professional growth, and creating an inclusive environment, young Emirati women can be better equipped to overcome the challenges they face and make a meaningful contribution to the workforce.
Founded by Deena Habib and Ban Jishi in 2021, Yspot was formed with the intention of inspiring youth by supporting them in applying skills, identifying true passions and developing them into professionals. Yspot designs bespoke internship programs in partnership with schools and organizations to create opportunity, drive innovation and build a more collaborative future between youth and business.