Saudi youth eye digital channels for academic, business success



JEDDAH: S. VIPULANANDA

Published — Tuesday 16 July 2013

Last update 23 July 2013 7:33 am

| نسخة PDF Print News | A A

Technology is now destroying jobs faster than it’s creating them. It has been predicted that many of the things executives do today will be automated within a couple of decades. The cost of higher education too keeps climbing higher and higher.
But the rise of social media is also opening up a wide range of opportunities to advance our careers and business prospects. The top four channels, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google+, are all used for different purposes by different people, groups and brands these days.
“I believe the LinkedIn website has helped me to reach my career dream,” Hasan Mohammed, a 34-year-old Saudi businessman, told Arab News.
He said he earlier worked at a local bank in Jeddah.
“I wanted to change my career path and applied in many companies, but sadly no one replied to me,” he said.
“I used the LinkedIn website and uploaded my CV and kept updating it with every course, training and workshop I got during my work at that bank. I was happy when a leading international company called me and offered me a job as a manager at its Jeddah office,” he added.
Layla Al-Khaldi, a 29-year-old public relations manager, is thanking Twitter for brightening her career prospects.
After her graduation, Layla said she was looking for a job at a local company.
“I couldn’t find what I wanted so I ended up working for an international agency in Jeddah,” she said.
“But I was not happy because the head office was in Dubai, which means there is no way I will climb the career ladder there,” she said.
“I started emailing a company I was trying to approach but they only replied to me when I tweeted them,” said the PR professional.
“I finally got my chance to be a PR manager at the company I was targeting since I graduated from college,” said Layla Al-Khaldi.
Economists and business leaders, who deal with the Saudi market, are also watching the developments in the digital media with interest.
Jarmo T. Kotilaine, a regional analyst, said he expects the current trends to continue and the digital media to emerge as an integral element of the mainstream information dissemination infrastructure in virtually all areas.
“Social media seems to be quickly establishing itself as a popular and increasingly important channel for disseminating information and ideas,” he told Arab News.
“This is happening in ways that echo the earlier rise of the Internet and other aspects of mobile telecommunications,” said Kotilaine.
“The potential of this change is increasingly recognized by companies, which is further consolidating the role of digital media,” he said.
Basil Al-Ghalayini, CEO of BMG Financial Group, told Arab News digital media channels were being actively used in different aspects of businesses including marketing, recruitment, sales, etc.
He acknowledged that new media channels had started making a considerable impact on investment decisions in Saudi Arabia.
“The youth are already heavily using the social media for browsing through financial news, analysis, investment reports and recommendations, etc,” said Al-Ghalayini.

What's happening around Saudi Arabia

RIYADH: The Kingdom and New Zealand have signed an air services agreement to set a comprehensive regulatory framework for air transport, operating on a safe and organized basis.The deal was signed at the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) he...
RIYADH: Education Minister Ahmed Al-Issa has called on teachers, educators and other officials of his ministry to work hard for the common goal of producing quality graduates. “I urge you to do your level best in transmitting knowledge to the student...
AL-AHSA: Uncoordinated production resources, lack of risk planning, evaluation, non-study of similar projects and poor planning are among the reasons for failure of projects, an expert has said.“Total quality management (TQM) is an integrated scienti...
JEDDAH: The Specialized Criminal Court has issued its verdict against two Saudis for terrorism-related offenses and for supporting extremist groups, a local daily has reported.The court issued a prison sentence of ten and a half years to the first de...
RIYADH: The second phase of the operation on a Polish child for a genetic heart disease was successfully performed at the King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC) of the National Guard Health Affairs on Wednesday. On a directive from Custodian of the Two H...
JEDDAH: A new breast cancer treatment improves survival rates by an average 20 percent, with life expectancy lengthened by 29.9 months.This is according to Ahmed Al-Wabari, breast oncology consultant at King Fahd Specialist Hospital in Dammam, who ou...
RIYADH: The projects of Saudi students at the Technical Trainers College (TTC) is being showcased at the German pavilion in the 30th Janadriyah Festival. With the slogan “Welcome to Your Future”, the TTC is participating in the festival with Germany...
JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor has urged firms to immediately start implementing the 10th phase of the Wage Protection System before it becomes mandatory on March 31.Mohammed Al-Faleh, assistant undersecretary for inspection and development of the wor...
RIYADH: As many as 104 antique items that have come from the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Germany, have gone on display at the National Museum here. The exhibition coincides the Janadriyah festival for heritage and culture.According to local media, the...
RIYADH: A visiting Kuwaiti delegation has praised Saudi Arabia for collecting and preserving various heritage items at the King Abdul Aziz Historical Center in Riyadh.The delegation, led by Kuwait’s Education Minister Bader Al-Essa, was given a tour...
RIYADH: Road security forces in Madinah apprehended two Asian expats who were caught in possession of a huge amount of money totaling SR1.6 million and talismans.“The two Asians were riding in a Japanese-made car when they were stopped at the Yanbu-...
RIYADH: Good news for the 25,000 British expatriates in the Kingdom, who will get their franchise to participate in the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union.In an announcement on Thursday, the British Embassy here said that the Uni...
JEDDAH: Jeddah Municipality, with cooperation of the Check Safety First British company, launched an award of excellence for services in restaurants under the name E-Cristal to support the establishment of best services in restaurants and eatery shop...
JEDDAH: Well-known Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan married Safa Baig, an Indian woman, who was born in Jeddah and raised here by her Hyderabadi parents.The marriage was solemnized at a simple ceremony at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Wednesday. Only a...
RIYADH: The Ministries of Interior and Islamic Affairs are considering appointing security guards at all the mosques in the Kingdom where Friday prayers are held.The move comes as a precautionary and regulatory measure to protect the mosques from at...

Stay Connected

Facebook