Exhibition sheds light on career avenues

DUBAI — Fourteen local companies, including DEWA, ENOC, and Mashreq Bank took part at Al Ghurair University’s first career exhibition, set up by the university’s Career Planning and Placement Services Unit (CAPPS).

By Praseeda Nair

Published: Thu 16 Dec 2010, 11:47 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 1:55 PM

Sahrish Akhtar, a finance and international business double-major, has been volunteering with CAPPS, studying and holding a day-job, all semester.

Being a scholarship holder with a high grade-point-average has been a plus for Sahrish who has work experience at Emirate NBD and currently works in a printing company.

“The market is getting increasingly competitive and a career fair really helps in giving us a glimpse of the opportunities available to us when we graduate,” she said.

Dr Abdurahem Mohammed Al Ameen, president of the university, inaugurated the exhibition which will be offered to students twice yearly from now on. “The exhibition was set up to show students the fields that meet their career interests and guide them to find vacancies in this difficult economic time,” he told Khaleej Times.

For engineering student Abdul Aziz, the career exhibition was very helpful.

“CAPPS helped me find an engineering internship with a consultant company last year, which really helped develop my résumé. Of course, a short-term internship and full-time job upon graduation are very different. Hopefully, our questions can be answered at these booths,” he said.

Nehal Al Ansari, learning and development specialist at Mashreq Bank, said their goal was to interest Emirati students still in the early years of their academic career.

“Students are still fresh and open to new ideas and developing their skills. Our graduate training programmes, such as the Al Mustaqbal programme, places local graduates on a fast track for growth, while developing their soft-skills, such as English and IT. So far, we’ve had a great response. A lot of students show a high level of ambition at a young age,” she said. The exhibition also included workshops conducted by participating companies.


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