Challenges Faced by College Graduates in Adapting to Saudized jobs: A Qualitative Study


  • Dr. Abdulrahman Alshaikhmubarak Department of Management, Collage of Business, King Faisal University, Alhasa, Saudi Arabia
  • Dr. Njod Aljabr Department of Business Administration, Jubail Industrial College, Jubail, Saudi Arabia


saudization; foreign workers; workforce localization; unemployment; sustainable career



Workforce localization has the potential to lower unemployment rates within a given nation. Nevertheless, it is important to recognize that this system could potentially impede the success of small businesses as a result of the elevated rates of employee turnover. This study examines the challenges that employees encounter when adapting to newly Saudized positions. Based on a qualitative analysis of 23 interviews conducted with recently employed individuals who have completed their college education. This study aims to examine the challenges faced by graduates, especially in the business sector. The identified obstacles encompass two main categories: organizational barriers, such as inadequate support systems and inflexible working hour arrangements, and societal barriers, particularly the prevailing societal perception towards individuals employed in such occupations. It can be inferred that the successful implementation of the Saudization system is dependent upon a triangular interplay between the system itself, businesses, and society. The results of this study have the potential to provide valuable insights for policy makers who are seeking to update existing guidelines aimed at promoting employees' adaptation in both the workforce and society.