0eb743239aa58210VgnVCM100000e56411acRCRDapproved/thenational/Articles/Migration/2009-Q4UAE youth chart a country's coursefdb743239aa58210VgnVCM100000e56411ac____UAE youth chart a country's courseIt makes a good deal of sense for the nation to focus on particular sectors like aviation, engineering, medicine and services<p>Ebrahim Haidar's account of when he first received his pilot's uniform reveals a key to Emiratisation: enthusiasm. Today, in the final instalment of The National's Generation Next series, we interview two young men in the aviation industry who have achieved their dreams. For anyone interested in how the nation will achieve its goals, the answers are here.
It makes a good deal of sense for the nation to focus on particular sectors like aviation, engineering, medicine and services. No, Emiratis won't be able to comprise the majority of employees in every industry. But if a young man or woman discovers a vocation - as Mr Haidar and his colleague Mohamed al Menhali have - there is no reason why they cannot soar.</p>
<p>The disparate roads these two young men have travelled point to another lesson. Mr Haidar had a lifelong interest in aviation; Mr al Menhali only found his career after a false start in banking. There can be no preordained career path that can guarantee job satisfaction, instead it is up to each young person to chart their course.
For friends, parents, even government officials, there must be a recognition of the limits on how far young people can be guided. But in a society relatively free of crime, rich in cultural traditions and blessed by a strong family structure, that recognition becomes much easier. There is every reason to have confidence in this younger generation. What is necessary is to provide the support, education and training so they can achieve their goals.</p>
<p>After Mr Haidar put on his uniform - he was so excited that he did so in his car - he went home to his family. His mother was as emotional as he was. That sense of purpose and the ability to bring joy to one's family is so often found in professional achievement. Of course an income is important, but an even more precious commodity is the sense of self-worth derived from a job well done.
No one could say it any better than Mr al Menhali: "The first thing you get is respect." For a young person there may be no better reward.</p>