Shaping Future Careers at AUC’s 61st Employment Fair

On November 4th, 2017 AUC students, alumni, and company representatives came together to match supply and demand for the job market at the university’s premier recruiting event: Fall 2017 Employment Fair. It was an opportunity for students to understand the job market’s current needs and it allowed companies searching for AUC’s top calibers to fulfil those needs.

“I am a graduate from AUC but it’s my first time to attend as an exhibitor with Vezeeta. I’m expecting to see a lot of good talent, to have several good conversations with different students and alumni to see what people are looking for and get a bit more understanding of the generation that’s coming out to the workforce,” Martha Sami, people and cultural director at Vezeeta, said. The day kicked off with a speech given by Maha Guindi, AUC career center’s executive director who welcomed the fair participants and shared with them the accomplishments and future expansions of the career center. “Next spring we are starting a new initiative to pilot an off-campus work study program to give students an opportunity to work on part-time basis with organizations in parallel to their studies,” she said encouraging participating companies to provide such enriching experiences to students before graduation.

Ahmed Tolba’97, associate provost for strategic enrollment management and associate professor of marketing at AUC said in his opening speech “I got my job through one of AUC’s employment fairs in the late 1990s and built my career accordingly, so I’m passionate about this event big time” He also told the companies that, “We are trying to improve our students’ experience and develop them, with your help, in order to have them ready for the job market. Engaging experiences outside the classroom and solving problems in multidisciplinary areas is very important.” He concluded addressing the students, “companies don’t like graduates to be one-dimensional; they want them to be problem solvers.”

Company representatives targeted AUC’s top talent to offer them various internship and job opportunities. They all stressed the fact that companies now don’t screen candidates based on technical backgrounds only; they also look for applicants with good character, soft skills and out-of- class activities. “It’s all about the character, the person, and what they give to the company... I advise you to be yourself and not to be influenced by others,” Moshira ElZawahry, P&G shelf life trade marketing manager LEVANT said. “Soft skill base: we are looking for people who participate in clubs, organizations, and activities, people who can present and talk well… After they graduate, what we focus more on is what they have been engaged in through their student lives,” Angie Fathalla, campus recruiter EY.

Moreover, students and alumni expressed their interest in the fair and how it provides them with exposure to good companies and facilitates their job search process. “The employment fair is a great opportunity to know about different employers in the market and it helps you to be prepared when you graduate; you know exactly what companies you are looking for and how to get a job quickly,” Sarah Meshriki’13, petroleum engineering graduate and field engineer at Schlumberger said. Nariman Zahran, Economics major, said it was her first time to attend the fair and she was “looking for internships and found interesting firms in the booklet to network with about different opportunities.” Adam Angus, an international student majoring in business administration, entrepreneurship, said “This is my third time to attend the fair. It was very elaborate and open; I love the booths, the handouts, the camaraderie and being able to talk to representatives to get better understanding of the market.”

AUC’s Employment Fair is a bi-annual event announcing both full-time and internship opportunities to AUC students and alumni. The next Employment Fair will take place on Saturday, May 5, 2018.

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