More than 1330 students and graduates were introduced to a variety of job vacancies and training opportunities during Abu Dhabi University’s Career Fair 2014. The two-day exhibition, which concluded on Wednesday, attracted a wide array of regional and multinational companies and organizations from different sectors including: consulting, real estate, accounting, communications, health, petroleum, environment, tourism, hotels, banking, information technology, engineering, commerce and many others, offering more than 1500 job and training opportunities.
Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University, Dr. Nabil Ibrahim asserted the importance of the Career Fair, especially as in its fifth year it offers students and graduates a comprehensive picture of the expectations that lie ahead of them as they embark on their professional careers. “It represents a brilliant networking opportunity for our students and graduates and gives them the chance to gain firsthand experience on the current needs of the labor market in various business fields. It also gives Abu Dhabi University the opportunity to strengthen its working relationship with all the organizations and community institutions that participated in the fair to collaborate in future academic, scientific research and community service projects”, added Dr. Ibrahim.
On his part, Abdullah Abdul Jalil, a fourth year Mechanical Engineering student at ADU explained that the Career Fair gave him and his colleagues a unique opportunity to learn about all the training opportunities and job opportunities in the field of engineering as well as submit their applications to company representatives or via their online websites. “We also received a lot of career advice from different participating experts on how to look for a suitable job after graduation and explore uncommon business sectors as many of their employers usually look for fresh graduates”, said Abdul Jalil.
Khawla Haroon, a fourth year Accounting student pointed out that participating in the Abu Dhabi University’s Career Fair 2014 resulted in an on-the-spot job interview with one of the participating companies for a job opening they were showcasing in the fair. “The Career Counseling Clinic was also a great addition to the fair. One of the most valuable pieces of advice I received from the clinic was to broaden my horizons and not completely reject the idea of starting to work for a company in a junior position. Growth within the company will be easier in that situation, especially as employers tend to advertise for job vacancies internally first before looking to recruit from outside the company”, said Haroon.
Fourth year Finance student, Fatima AbdulQader found that this year’s exhibition was especially different from previous years as it had focused on attracting several multinational companies who were looking to recruit. “Many of the vacancies ranged from human resources, engineering, finance, banking, information technology, communication as well as many others. It provided visitors of the fair a wide range of options to consider, which is usually what job seekers look for in a career fair”, added AbdulQader.
Abu Dhabi University’s Career Fair 2014 was sponsored by Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, with Abu Dhabi Media Company as the official media partner.
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