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Emirati youngsters given taste of life in private sector

Injaz-UAE have given more than 9,000 pupils a chance to experience the workplace through their job shadow programme.

DUBAI // Five Emirati schoolboys have been given the chance to experience working life in the private sector.

As part of the Injaz-UAE job shadow programme, the 15-year-old pupils with the best academic records at Omar bin Khattab Model School for Boys were chosen to spend a day at Abraaj Capital, a private equity company.

"By participating, students are able to make better career choices that match their skills and abilities," said Sulaf Al Zu'bi, the chief executive of Injaz-UAE.

Launched in 2006, the organisation has helped more than 9,000 pupils receive a taste of what their careers could be.

"I am really excited about this opportunity," said Saeed Abdullah, who plans to study law.

Another student, Mohammed bin Abed, said: "Now I can focus on a specific career goal."

The students were prepared for their work experience with an initiation session, where they were taught about CV writing, communication skills and how to deal with conflicts.

Saif bin Abed and Saeed Ahli said they were not yet sure what careers they would follow.

"I don't know what I want to do, but I want to achieve something new for my country," Saif said.

Saeed added: "This will give me the opportunity to learn more about the work culture and what I lean towards."

aalhaddad@thenational.ae