A Step Closer to Your Career

On February 28, 2018, The AUC Career Center hosted its annual Career Day where students joined roundtable discussions featuring 42 different career fields and various industries represented by more than 50 professionals. The Career Day highlighted current and trendy carrer fields like; fashion design, broadcasting, medical research, finance and treasury, supply chain, oil and gas, and more. The event aimed at linking the gap between academic majors and real life work fields to help studetns identify their career interests. More than 750 AUC undergraduate and gradute students from different class levels and majors joined Career Day 2018.

“The Career Day enlightens students about their career options. Choices are limitless and the event informs students about choices of activities and courses they should pursue to target their desired careers,” commented AUC Provost Ehab Abdel Rahman in his opening speech. The Career Day kicked off with a networking breakfast attended by the professionals and student leaders from several clubs and associations at AUC.

During the day, students started joining the roundtables to discuss and explore with employers their career options and get to know the job-market trends and the required skills. “I am interested in the Career Day since it is a good opportunity to be exposed to my future employers.” Michael Samir, IMC student said. Dalia Moharram, a junior economics major student added, “I am here to learn and get advice from professionals about my academic major and beyond.”

Professionals highlighted the reciprocal value of Career Day to them as individuals. Judy Youssef, case worker at Save the Children, remarked, “I expect to gain experience from other entities joining the day and to deliver the right message that helps students: guide their future interests, relate their major to their career, know how to shift careers when irrelevant to the major, and know which volunteer work and activities to join that would add to their experience.”

AUC alumni who joined the event representing various career fields reflected on their career day experiences. Mounir Shaker, technical lead at Vezeeta mentioned that when he first joined the Career Day as a student, he was given valuable information on his major, as he was torn between computer Science and computer engineering. Professionals at the Career day helped him settle on a major decision as they supported him with knowledge about the market through explaining how both majors work differently in the field. He said that as a professional representing Vezeeta on the day, he intended to “Help students understand the differences among companies in the Egyptian market, and show them how the right major puts them on track and gives them the basics to identify the market.”

Advising students, Arwa Gaballa, financial correspondent at Thomson Reuters recommended, “Don’t limit yourself. Look for internships everywhere and be open to everything. Try to build on your skills because they really matter. Our job is about branding and how you present yourself.”

The Career Day helped students get one step closer to their Careers through networking with professionals and getting to know first-hand information about the market, potential career pathways, and steps they need to take to join their industries/employers of choice.

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