In Egypt, Job Readiness Through Job Shadowing
In study after study, the lack of job readiness is listed as one of the most common challenges to increasing youth employment in the Arab world. Key to addressing this challenge, the studies say, is finding ways to give young people access to real-world job training and work experience.
GE Egypt is helping to address this gap through programs such as the recently hosted Job Shadowing Day, where 12 undergraduate students from The American University in Cairo were invited to shadow mentors from across the company’s businesses.
Job shadowing offered the students an opportunity to spend a day with GE employees so they could learn more about what a typical day in the real work world looks like. It provided unparalleled insights into the many unique aspects of the jobs being shadowed and revealed what skills are required for each position.
Hassan Elzawy, a Business Administration-Marketing and Egyptology student that participated in the job shadowing day, said, “This was an enlightening experience that put me in the shoes of an everyday GE employee.” Another participant, Yasmin Ehab Ouf, a Psychology, and Communication and Media Arts student, agreed, calling it “an extremely rich and useful experience that provided a very good introduction to the working world at GE.”
Students were able to select their job shadowing experience from a range of fields, helping them make career choices. Additionally, they developed relationships with mentors who may help guide them as they graduate and begin their careers.
Asma Hanafy, a Business Administration student, said her job shadowing experience gave her “a good feel for my future career in a very short time.” Youmna Hazzaa, a Journalism and Multimedia student, said she gained real-world perspective on what she had been studying in the classroom. “Finally, I was able to experience what I have been studying theoretically. It has really helped me understand where I’m heading after graduation.”