Saudi Arabia’s Subol platform, which wants to help students, graduates, and job seekers make better learning and career choices, recently invited users to explore more than 1,900 training opportunities on its site.
The platform, which has been operating since 2019, is an initiative of the kingdom’s Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF).
The 1,900 new opportunities recently announced on Subol are internships provided by employers in both the public and private sectors, said Noura Mohammed, the platform’s communication officer.
“The platform is an online portal that provides career education and guidance for high school, university and institute students, graduates looking for work, as well as employees,” she told Al-Fanar Media.
“It provides career advice remotely,” she said. Participants can book a session with a career advisor to help them decide on a career path and learn about the most important training courses they should attend to achieve the expertise their chosen job requires.
Career advisors can also help users write a professional résumé and learn how to use the platform’s interactive content and information about the labour market.
“Beneficiaries can discover their professional and academic preferences, in addition to learning about the most important skills required in the labour market.”Noura Mohammed, the Subol platform’s communication officer
These services are intended to help people make the right educational and professional decisions, Mohammed said. “It also helps them to get acquainted with the most important skills required in personal interviews, besides presenting some success stories that encourage participants to improve their professional culture.”
Experts join the network to share their experiences and transfer knowledge through various events.
Mohammed believes that the platform gives people a way to plan for the future. “Beneficiaries can discover their professional and academic preferences, in addition to learning about the most important skills required in the labour market,” she said. “They can also explore the most important future professions and the most ones most in demand in the Saudi and global labour markets.”
Mohammed advises students and graduates to register with the platform before defining their professional path. They can later identify the profession they want to enter and pick a major or a training course to help them reach their goal.
The platform’s career advisors help users measure their capabilities through a questionnaire that takes 30 to 45 minutes to answer.
A Thousand Professions
Subol currently lists information regarding more than a thousand professional opportunities, providing job descriptions, educational majors, and the necessary experiences for each.
“This process was built on the outcome of meeting a large number of Saudi businessmen to find out the skills they want employees to have, so as to train beneficiaries to meet those needs.”Sulaiman Al-Assaf, a member of the Saudi Economic Association
The platform cooperates with Saudi universities in some areas. Mohammed explained that Subol’s mission intersects with higher education’s endeavours to enhance students’ skills and better prepare them for the labour market, by providing them with the latest knowledge and refining their expertise in various fields.
Sulaiman Al-Assaf, a member of the Saudi Economic Association, said Subol was established to confront a mismatch between the skills of Saudi Arabia’s education outputs and the skills employers wanted to see.
The association, which is based at King Saud University, monitors the skills and expertise employers need, and strives to provide graduates ready to fill those needs through specialised training programs.
“This process was built on the outcome of meeting a large number of Saudi businessmen to find out the skills they want employees to have, so as to train beneficiaries to meet those needs,” he told Al-Fanar Media. “This makes the platform a bridge that connects students and graduates with suitable job opportunities after being properly qualified.”
Al-Assaf believes Subol is not reaching as many students as it should. “The platform is not well known among Saudi youth. They need to knock on the doors of universities and conduct outreach events about their services,” he said. “They need to expand participation among secondary school and university students and graduates.”
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