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Live Webinar – A Paradox of Labor Market in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC): Increasing Student Employability

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Date(s) - 07/03/2017 - 08/03/2017
All Day


Tuesday March 7/Wednesday March 8 (Check the time for your location)

Tuesday, March 7 – 12-1:30 AM Eastern Time


The countries of the Arab Gulf have historically been a top choice for the global expatriate workforce due to high economic growth, quality of life, employment prospects, and good governance. Recently however, these countries are facing significant economic pressure from the ongoing slump in oil prices, political disputes, and rising youth unemployment. This creates a paradox of possibility. In this context, NYU Abu Dhabi will review the current status of employment in the Arab Gulf and highlight strategies to improve international graduate employability in the GCC labor market.

Cost: $20 for members, $30 for non-members

Ashique Rafi is working as an Employer Services Specialist at New York University Abu Dhabi. His primary assignments are focusing on campus recruitment, employer engagements, employer events, reporting, and managing employer centric activities on NYUAD CareerNet portal. He joined NYUAD Career Development Center in June 2012 but prior to that he was actively involved in career services while serving as a Global Academic Fellow and during his graduate study at KAUST. He completed his Masters in Engineering from University of Nottingham and KAUST respectively.

Dana Downey serves as the Associate Director at the Career Development Center, overseeing employer relations and communication strategy. Prior to joining the team at NYU Abu Dhabi, Dana worked as a career development counselor in the United States for six years. She completed her Masters in Counseling Psychology from The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in global mental health and career development.


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