How Are Students and Young EntrepreneursLeveraging Technology and Social Media toPromote a Sustainable Future? Tala Al-Hejailan DLA Piper KSA 17 05 2012
A Good Life! How we use technology and social media for a better life? • Access to education (virtual learning). • Easier access to job opportunities. • Networking and making contracts • Sharing information to raise awareness • Publicizing opportunities
Saudi Women Using Technology & Social Media Women are exposed to job opportunities and able to work from home Saudi women are earning degrees online and courses Personal Experience Islamic finance certificate. Poetry writing certificate (Oxford University) • Looking for jobs online/ advice on writing CV/ research potential employer and employees • Restriction in workplace: Licensing requirements and transport obstacles. • Mothers & women unable to leave home can earn income: Examples: blogs and selling clothes and catering from home, advertising through Facebook.
Corporate Social Responsibility HelpingHands KSA via Facebook • Womenand mencan interact through social media to help make a change! • Post pictures to show the reality • Sponsor a family updates • Big Sis Big Bro Program: local orphanage • Vintage Sale For HelpingHands KSA
Arabnewsonline express opinions and thought son women's issues and social issues to help raise awareness. Social Media helps to connect me with other women: looking for lawyers, looking for advice, looking to express ideas. CAVEAT Technology can be tricky! Eyes are everywhere, so don’t spread your personal news everywhere! Employers should not know what you do with friends and how silly you can be
Challenges to be addressed when entering the global workforce and the use of technology? • Business vs. Personal: where to draw the line? • Greater competition because of easier access to information. • More scrutiny if unaware of current events.