Zayed University (ZU) graduates will now guarantee that the long job hunt ends in career success and will be capable of dealing with their biggest fears while landing dream jobs, thanks to Bridges Student to Professional Program, which aims to assist ZU senior students with the transition from the university to the workplace.
Bridges, which has been running for the first time at ZU, partnered with some external organizations such as INJAZ, First Gulf Bank, and LinkedIn UAE with an aim to help final year students gaining further confidence and refining their skills for the transition into the labour market.
Around 94 ZU students from the College of Business, College of Sustainability Sciences and Humanities, College of Technological Innovation, College of Communication and Media Science, and College of Education have completed the program, which ran on a weekly basis for about ten consecutive weeks.
Students have attended and participated in several workshops and training sessions that have included CV writing and review, professional networking skills, work ethics, team building, and the final stage was a mock interview with an employer.
“The inaugural Bridges- Students to Professional program has been a successful partnership between the ZU Student Careers Office, ZU students and employers preparing final year students for life after university through interactive and innovative workshops and training sessions. Around 94 students graduated from the intensive training program and ready for the next steps in their career development,” Jane Tatterton, Manager of Student Careers at the Student Affairs Department in ZU, said.
“It is always so satisfying to see a vision turn into a reality, the enthusiasm and motivation of the students on the Bridges program has been tremendous and a testament to their work ethic and positivity, two vital employability skills needed in today’s labour market,” she added.
It is worth mentioning that employers, who have been an integral part of Bridges program, were all impressed with the standard of ZU students and some students have even received job offers during and following the Mock Interview Day.
Additionally, students gave a very positive feedback about Bridges program and its training sessions.
Fatima Abdullah AlKathiri, Bridges program graduate and ZU senior student at the College of Communication and Media Sciences, said: “This program allowed me to open doors of golden opportunities. I have learned how to create a CV, how to embrace my strengths, and how not to show my weakness but improves it. I recommend each student to take part in the Bridges program, get ready for the real world, and be confident about him/herself.”
Ohood AlKathiri, senior student at the College of Business, said: “Since I was enrolled in the Bridges program, I have learned a lot of valuable lessons that enable me to get ready for the early stages of my career. The most important thing I learned is to trust myself and begin to believe in my own skills and strengths. Throughout Bridges intensive sessions, I have learned to prioritize effectively and organize my tasks into distinct categories in order to become more efficient worker, save time, energy, and stress.”