EDUCATION FOR EMPLOYMENT: A CAREER GUIDANCE SYSTEM BASED ON LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION

E. Khorshid, M. Alaiwy

Kuwait University (KUWAIT)
The aim of this work is to develop a career guidance system based on a number of key Indicators formed from the Kuwaiti job market information and its special characteristics. These indicators can be classified into two categories: current state and future demands indicators. The main goal of the proposed system is to identify the future opportunities of engineering professions in the local labor market and hence it will help in adopting dynamic admission policies in both public and private universities in Kuwait, through introducing the most required engineering majors in the job market. Furthermore, the system outcomes is used to monitor the scholarships programs in engineering fields handheld by the Kuwait ministry of higher education. The current state indicators, as the name pronounce, measure the current state of Kuwait labor market from two different prospects as follow: the average waiting time for the graduates to get hired in their first jobs in the Kuwaiti job market, and the match between the graduates qualifications and their jobs titles. The future demands indicator is based on conducting a survey, that was sent to over than 350 employers in the Kuwaiti job market to collect their future demands for engineering professions. From the previously stated job market indicators, it was observed that the least needed majors were industrial and chemical engineering. On the other hand, the most needed major was computer engineering. Both petroleum and civil engineering showed a moderate needs in the market.