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Anger grows among educated but unemployed young Omanis

 
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1st Sgt Welsh



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:45 pm    Post subject: Anger grows among educated but unemployed young Omanis Reply with quote

Just in case anybody is interested:

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/anger-grows-among-educated-but-unemployed-young-omanis
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember reading the same title about Oman in the early 1990s. There have never been enough jobs for the locals... and the more intelligent of them told me back in 2000 that they knew that they were going to have to migrate to get work... just as their grandfathers and great-grandfathers had done.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Put simply, whatever qualifications and certificates are obtained from the Omani education system- how many of these students are actually 'work ready' in terms of motivation and attitude?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 1:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having worked there for four years I would never hire any Omani with 'qualifications' from any Omani institution except SQU. I've seen the grade 'easing' at first hand not to mention the cheating which is 'not seen.'
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1st Sgt Welsh



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tazz wrote:
Put simply, whatever qualifications and certificates are obtained from the Omani education system- how many of these students are actually 'work ready' in terms of motivation and attitude?


Based on the work ethic that most of my students displayed, they would have been considered unemployable back in the West. I think one of the reasons for the, dare I say, 'work-shy' culture that you find in so much of the GCC may have something to do with the fact that they never really experienced an industrial revolution.The history of slave ownership probably didn't help either. Anyway, there was no period in their history where locals working fourteen hours a day on the factory floor was considered as a 'step up'. They went from being poor and involved in mostly low-intensity occupations (fishing, subsistence farming etc.) to suddenly becoming wealthy, without really having done anything to have earned it. Most of the unpleasant, menial jobs were/are simply allocated to cheap foreign labor and, in the jobs taken by Omanis, not a hell of a lot was expected of them in terms of productivity.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Internships, apprenticeships, on-the-job training, and part-time employment would certainly be invaluable. The UAE has already embraced some of these work-ready strategies.
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