Bayt.com survey – Education has not prepared people for success

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Bayt.com survey reveals that people feel that their education does not prepare them for success in the workplace

Biggest impediments to career growth are considered to be a bad economy — as well as bad managers

The Bayt.com Middle East Workplace Dynamics poll conducted by Bayt.com, the Middle East’s number one job site, has revealed that a fifth of professionals in the Middle East and North Africa do not believe that their education adequately prepared them for success in the workplace.

This is seen as a major impediment to career growth, as education and professional training are necessary to thrive in an increasingly competitive global arena.

Other major impediments are seen to be bad managers (13.7%) and the bad economy (14.9%).

Nine-out-of-ten respondents (87.7%) state that they have friends and family in the MENA region who have been affected by unemployment. However, 62.7 percent believe the job market in their country of residence is picking up, among which 30.3 percent state that it is doing so very quickly.

Bayt Workplace Dynamics Infographic
Bayt Workplace Dynamics Infographic

“In total, 21.2 percent of respondents state that lack of education preparation is the biggest roadblock for career growth. Professionals should start seriously looking at other methods of gaining knowledge to stay relevant, whether through further education, online resources, or training and workshops. In fact, our poll shows that professionals are searching for opportunities where they can learn and grow, so training programs in companies can help attract top-quality candidates. At Bayt.com, our mission is to empower people with the tools and information they need to lead their lifestyle of choice, so we are constantly creating innovative new solutions to make it easier for professionals from all industries and experiences to succeed in their careers.” — Suhail Masri, VP of Sales, Bayt.com

The industries that are seen to attract the most talent are oil, gas and petrochemicals (30.2%), followed by information technology (IT) and telecommunications (24.1%).

Respondents have a preference for full-time employment in a company (78.1%), with only 7.9 percent claiming to prefer entrepreneurship and 7.5% preferring part-time employment in a company. A further 6.5% prefer freelancing.

According to respondents, the main reasons they left their previous job were  bad pay (19.8%), finding a better role (18.1%), and no clear advancement path in the organization (17.5%).

In their next job, the majority of professionals (20.3%) are looking for companies that will help them develop their skills and provide learning opportunities and training programs. A good work environment (18.8%) and better pay (16%) follow as important factors. Ideally, respondents would like to stay at a job for ‘as long as possible’ (44.2%), though a fifth (19.5%) claim to like to stay 3-to-5 years before moving on.

Eight-out-of-ten respondents (81.6%) have an online CV and professional public profile, and 96.6 percent are always open to new career opportunities. The majority (54.2%) apply for jobs regularly, though 45.8 percent prefer to take a more passive approach to their job search posting their CV online and waiting for employers to find them.

“It is very telling that in today’s connected world professionals are increasingly choosing to park their online CVs on a leading jobsite such as Bayt.com at all times whether or not they are immediately looking for a job and whether or not they are actively applying to jobs at present. At Bayt.com we have especially seen this with the fast growth of our Bayt.com People platform which is the ideal vehicle for professionals at all career levels and from all walks of life who desire to be seen by their peer community and interact with peers in other companies and countries and industries while at the same time keeping their options open for a career change and ensuring the best opportunities do not pass them by. Professionals today are very cognizant of the huge opportunity costs of not having a searchable online CV on a leading regional jobsite and an activated public profile.” — Suhail Masri

In terms of what professionals want most in a manager, respondents believe that the best managers are the ones who are good at mentoring and coaching (12.3% of respondents claim this),  are leaders by action (11.3%), are true visionaries (10%), are regular performance appraisers (8.4%), are team players (5.4%), are democratic consensus builders (4.2%), and are strong, assertive commanders (3.6%).

Meanwhile, 42.9 percent of respondents believe that a great manager should have all of the above qualities. Respondents are put off by managers who have a lack of vision (29.7%), who have a command and control style (20%), and who have poor mentorship and coaching skills (11.2%).

On the other side of the spectrum, professionals in the MENA believe that employers today are looking for candidates with great technical skills (27.3%), who are team players (16.2%), and who have strong character and integrity (15%).

Data for the Bayt.com Middle East Workplace Dynamics poll was collected online from May 28 to June 20 2013, with 9,845 respondents covering 12 countries throughout the MENA region.

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