Grad­u­ates polls apart in salary ex­pec­ta­tions

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Emi­rati grad­u­ates ex­pect a start­ing salary of Dhs27,000 com­pared to ex­pat stu­dents who ex­pect to re­ceive Dhs9,000 for their first salary, ac­cord­ing to new re­search. The fig­ures were re­vealed in a study car­ried out by re­cruit­ment firm GulfTa­lent, in which 303 stu­dents and re­cent grad­u­ates from the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Shar­jah were polled for their views on what they ex­pect from prospec­tive em­ploy­ers. The study re­vealed that 63 per cent of Emi­rati grad­u­ates want to work for a gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion, com­pared to a mere six per cent of ex­pats. The top choice for ex­pats, with an over­whelm­ing 91 per cent, was to opt for a multi­na­tional firm. The most pop­u­lar choice of em­ployer var­ied through­out the emi­rates. The most pop­u­lar em­ployer in Abu Dhabi was ADNOC, Emi­rates was the most pop­u­lar over­all and the top pick in Dubai was Unilever. In­ter­est­ing and chal­leng­ing work was what most grad­u­ates, 23 per cent, said they wanted from their em­ployer. When asked if they wanted to work over­seas, 24 per cent said the US is their pre­ferred lo­ca­tion, the UK was sec­ond with 13 per cent just ahead of Canada.

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