More than 1900 AUC students and alumni attended the 56th Employment Fair organized by the AUC Career Center that was held on Saturday, May 2, 2015. More than 400 corporate professionals representing 81 companies from a wide array of industries were present at the fair, which made the event a unique opportunity for motivated students and alumni to navigate through the job market and explore the numerous vacancies offered by the companies.
AUC President Lisa Anderson expressed her appreciation of the Employment Fair as an important tool for students to probe into today's job market and know its nature and demands. "It is a very efficient way for students to think about the way the job market looks. It gives them the opportunity to talk to perspective employers and ask them all their questions." Similarly, Khaled Dahawy, Vice President for Student Affairs, stressed on the vitality of the Employment Fair "to show the development in Egypt's job market through the number of companies present and the caliber of positions they are seeking."
Having all the professionals under one roof was surely a convenient way for students and alumni to be acquainted with what skills the job market demands today. "Because the environment is changing rapidly nowadays, we need someone who is adaptive in order to cope with what is happening around," Ashraf Bakri, Managing Director of Unilever Mashreq, said. "Time management is such a crucial skill today," Mohamed Amin, Associate at Ernst & Young, highlighted. "Good communication and interpersonal skills are very important to us," Soha El Sebai, Recruitment Manager and HR Business Partner at Nestlé, mentioned. "Strong character, passion, and leadership are some of the main skills we seek," Reem Maamoun, HR Generalist at out of z box, emphasized.
Attending students seemed to have benefited from the fair in different ways. "It is a great opportunity to network and talk with representatives from various companies," Youssef Tantawy, junior majoring in Accounting, said. "I am majoring in Marketing but I have never worked in the field before so I thought it is a good chance to explore my options," Yara Hassan, senior majoring in Business Administration specialized in Marketing, commented. "I have recently graduated and I came to look for an opportunity that might inspire me," Ahmed Alaa, a Mechanical Engineering alumnus, said.
This semester's fair was particularly special because it featured some companies that were coming to Egypt for the first time. "We know that AUC can provide us with high-caliber and talented fresh graduates who would be willing to well serve our company," Ali Mehdi, Manager at Protiviti Middle East, said. "We had previously hired a couple of people from AUC who had great potential and this encouraged us to come and introduce our company at the fair," Baber Malik, Director of Human Assets and Administration at Abu Issa Holding, said. "We wanted to tap into that good opportunity of the pool of candidates of potential employees in Egypt," Karim George, Regional Marketing Director at Hilti for Gulf and Near East Africa, said.