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Masdar lines up sustainable industry professionals to inspire talented youth

Pavilion at WFES 2016 to host special workshops on renewable energy career topics, ‘Career Advice Desk’ and other interactive sessions

The Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies, announced that it would host industry leaders in clean advanced energy and sustainability at its annual Green Career Fair, taking place during the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2016.

A number of local and international partners will engage and reach out to the region’s young men and women, sharing professional and career tips through presentations and networking during the event at Stand: #7370 Hall No: 7.

The Green Career Fair is held on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) from 18-21 January 2016, which is being organized as part of ADSW at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).

For recruiters, the Green Career Fair has become an ideal platform to highlight openings, internships and developmental opportunities in their companies.

With employer booths and career-related workshops as well as a dedicated room for conducting interviews, the Green Career Fair 2016 offers young people an opportunity to network with companies, receive career guidance, and explore potential employability in the advanced energy and sustainability industry. The fair will include special workshops on renewable energy career topics, while visitors can make use of a ‘Career Advice Desk’ to receive tips from human resource professionals on-site.

Companies that will be involved with the the Green Career Fair 2016 activities include GE, KEO International Consultants, Action Energy Partners, Monster Gulf, Green Services Solutions, UAE Ministry of Energy, Schneider Electric and AECOM.

Dr. Amal Al Ghaferi, Interim Dean of Students, Masdar Institute, said: “The development of human capital plays a crucial role in the growth of any sector and the clean energy industry is no exception. Through the Green Career Fair, Masdar Institute offers an avenue for the region’s talented youth to seek meaningful employment and engagement with industry stakeholders. By involving more corporate partners and lining up industry leaders for career-oriented sessions, we aim to ensure that the UAE’s sustainable development and key innovative sectors will find the high-value human capital required to achieve critical mass.”

Robust employment trends in the renewable energy sector offers scope for talented youth to chart their career in this growing industry. More than 7.7 million people were employed by renewable energy industries worldwide at the end of 2014, up 18% from 2013, according to a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The UAE has a number of leading renewable energy-related businesses and the sector is growing exponentially.

Reflecting the trend, Masdar Institute has facilitated successful placement of 96% of its previous graduating class, either in employment or PhD programs. Many Masdar Institute graduates have found job placement in leading organizations such as Microsoft, GE, YahSat, Mubadala, UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), Siemens, Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), IRENA, and Nestle. Others have joined PhD programs at leading universities including the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU), University of California – Berkeley, University of Texas-Austin, and Imperial College, London.

The Green Career Fair at WFES offers cost-effective, convenient and easy ways to create social and professional networking opportunities, giving professionals an edge over their competitors. Visitors are also given in insight about the infinite array of career opportunities in the growing industry.