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Hi all,

First of all I just want to say a big thank you to all the people that will read this as I know that this question has been asked a gazillion times over lol

I am 24 year old male from England, got a myself a degree in Marketing and with very little experience in that field and loads of sales experience via call centre and retail jobs...

I have always wanted to move to Dubai and work there you know fulfil that clique of 'achieving your dreams' but I would just settle for a good job, decent salary anywhere in Dubai :)

But the problem is I have had my CV on websites and applied to god knows how many jobs but never got a reply...

I am currently working for a care company and fed up with the lack of career progression and really want to just take a leap of faith and quit this job, buy a one way ticket and go look for a job as soon as I land in Dubai.

So my question is, is there still as many jobs out there as these website suggests? Because there are so many jobs advertisements on the internet but I have this funny feeling that given the economic climate is someone like myself given my degree and little experience in Marketing can find a job there? or is just as saturated as the UK now??

I'm just confused, do I risk it on a wing and a prayer or do I just stick to my dead beat job in a country which is becoming way too increasingly expensive to save any money and you are just getting by...

and help, replies or advice will be very much appreciated.

Thanks
 

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Yeah, there are loads of 'fake' jobs on websites for various reasons. Also I spoke with someone who worked at one. Due to the amount of CV's each job gets, the situation with employers and these website's algorithms, it is a proper needle in a haystack for any job hunter. They said they were amazed that any vacancies were filled at the end of the day.

The other thing is marketing is largely non existent out here. For many companies it means PR and trade shows, for most companies it's seen as a waste of time. That's not to say some companies don't embrace 'proper' marketing but then you are already competing with the existing job market and people not only with marketing experience but GCC marketing experience too.

I know he who dares etc but I would seriously advise against it. You'll come out, end up working a bit of PR here and there for beer money. You'll be chasing payment all the time before taking up a job selling "financial planning" on a commission only basis and then going home a couple of months later.

Obviously I don't know you but maybe because you're willing to settle for a "good job, decent salarly" and that's what is holding you back in the UK. It's a tough one and I sympathise as I had no idea what I wanted to do in my 20's but the right job is not going to land in your lap. Do you want to actually want to be in marketing? If so focus more, if not is it sales?

If, like me, you have no real vision get a bar job in Spain or Austrailia or sell fishing and scuba charters in Thailand if you just want some fun in the sun. But from your original post, I can't see Dubai benefiting you in any way.
 

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Yeah, there are loads of 'fake' jobs on websites for various reasons. Also I spoke with someone who worked at one. Due to the amount of CV's each job gets, the situation with employers and these website's algorithms, it is a proper needle in a haystack for any job hunter. They said they were amazed that any vacancies were filled at the end of the day.

The other thing is marketing is largely non existent out here. For many companies it means PR and trade shows, for most companies it's seen as a waste of time. That's not to say some companies don't embrace 'proper' marketing but then you are already competing with the existing job market and people not only with marketing experience but GCC marketing experience too.

I know he who dares etc but I would seriously advise against it. You'll come out, end up working a bit of PR here and there for beer money. You'll be chasing payment all the time before taking up a job selling "financial planning" on a commission only basis and then going home a couple of months later.

Obviously I don't know you but maybe because you're willing to settle for a "good job, decent salarly" and that's what is holding you back in the UK. It's a tough one and I sympathise as I had no idea what I wanted to do in my 20's but the right job is not going to land in your lap. Do you want to actually want to be in marketing? If so focus more, if not is it sales?

If, like me, you have no real vision get a bar job in Spain or Austrailia or sell fishing and scuba charters in Thailand if you just want some fun in the sun. But from your original post, I can't see Dubai benefiting you in any way.
Very sound advice Mr Rossi, Razz this is really not the place to come just to escape your job in the UK at any cost. I do feel for you if you are stuck at a dead end but you just will not earn the sort of money that you would need to enjoy life here.
There are opportunities out there for a young man like you though.
Have you ever thought of Teaching English as a second language ? I have spent a lot of years in Korea and Japan and the young guys and girls that teach esl there have a pretty decent life. Korea in particular. Almost without exception they stay a few years.. travel all over east Asia on their holidays and usually get to save quite a bit besides. Have a look at Dave's ESL Cafe and check out what's available, there are forums as well so you will get a feel for what the lifestyle is like. Whatever you do good luck to you, but there are certainly better places for you than Dubai.
 

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If you really must come out here above everywhere else then just come out for a week or so, armed with a load of CV's. Stay in a hotel and pound the pavement and knock on the doors of the companies you want to work for.

At the same time you can see Dubai and get a feel for the place, you might not like it after all.

Don't be fobbed off by a receptionist who has no idea what you do or what you can offer, ask to speak to the Recruitment or HR Manager/department.

And never buy a single ticket (which I've heard can have it's own issues without a residency visa). A return can be up to 6 months later (I think), so if things don't work out you always know you can get home.
 

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Razz1187 said:
Hi all,

First of all I just want to say a big thank you to all the people that will read this as I know that this question has been asked a gazillion times over lol

I am 24 year old male from England, got a myself a degree in Marketing and with very little experience in that field and loads of sales experience via call centre and retail jobs...

I have always wanted to move to Dubai and work there you know fulfil that clique of 'achieving your dreams' but I would just settle for a good job, decent salary anywhere in Dubai :)

But the problem is I have had my CV on websites and applied to god knows how many jobs but never got a reply...

I am currently working for a care company and fed up with the lack of career progression and really want to just take a leap of faith and quit this job, buy a one way ticket and go look for a job as soon as I land in Dubai.

So my question is, is there still as many jobs out there as these website suggests? Because there are so many jobs advertisements on the internet but I have this funny feeling that given the economic climate is someone like myself given my degree and little experience in Marketing can find a job there? or is just as saturated as the UK now??

I'm just confused, do I risk it on a wing and a prayer or do I just stick to my dead beat job in a country which is becoming way too increasingly expensive to save any money and you are just getting by...

and help, replies or advice will be very much appreciated.

Thanks
Hi Razz1187

As above, I would not book a one way ticket to head out just yet. Do loads of research into companies that have positions advertised get a standard CV & some that are specifically tailored for some of those companies. Then head out for a couple of weeks & get your name & face out there. A lot of the time marketing jobs mean sales jobs in Dubai so you need to be sure of exactly what job you are willing to do and for what salary. You don't want to give up everything at home & then accept anything just to keep you going.
 

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Mr. Rossi, RedMac, Garth Vader, JusAdy - thank you all for taking time out and replying.

All the replies have gave me great info. I have really tried to find a graduate marketing job here in the UK but it has been so hard and the competition is too much and the job market over saturated with graduates like myself

What I really want to do is find a job in which I can make a career from and earn good money. Sales is something I just cant see myself doing again. Marketing is what I really want to do but the real life fact is I wont get a marketing job in this economic climate - nearly everyone that graduated with me in 2009 that I know haven't found a job in Marketing.

I guess I might look into teaching english that sounds good.

Once again thank you guys so much, not just saying this but it mean a lot all the replies were genuine and sincere and that means a lot especially as you guys dont know me. Good to know that good people are still out there :)
 
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