GRM 2010 GRM 2011

Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Forstenlechner
 
First Name:
Ingo
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
1 Shifting career paradigms in emerging economies: Career exploration and employability of young citizens in the private and public sectors
 
Paper Proposal Text :
In an era of rapid unprecedented economic, social, and cultural change, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) labor market is highly segmented: Citizens are almost exclusively employed in the government sector, a situation untenable with ever larger numbers of young citizens reaching working age and with a public sector that has reached saturation point. Policy-makers repeatedly try to legislate localization of jobs onto the private sector with limited success. We explored career attitudes of 2267 UAE citizens prior to their entry into the labor market. Using structural equation modeling, we find that the social contract and the resulting expectations towards state employment have strong implications for the willingness to work in the private sector. Further, the notion of citizens having to compete against almost unregulated, cheaper inward labor migration has understandably strong effects on self-perceived employability, which can be increased through career exploration and self-efficacy.
 
 
 

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