On April 21, 2016, the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) held its fifth annual Career Fair. Despite the ongoing financial crisis, 36 companies from private and non private sectors registered for the event, as well as a number of NGOs and international development organizations.
On April 21, 2016, the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) held its fifth annual Career Fair. Despite the ongoing financial crisis, 36 companies from private and non private sectors registered for the event, as well as a number of NGOs and international development organizations. The NGOs were allowed to register free of cost at the job fair.
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The one-day Fair provided an opportunity for the graduating students to engage with the top recruiters in the region and have one-on-one interviews. "We are incredibly grateful for the many companies from various industries who have given their time and energy to speak with our students about upcoming job opportunities. This event is not possible without the support that our community partners give," said Oliver Keels, director of student services, "They exhibit the very best of Sulaimani, Kurdistan, and Iraq."
The event opened with a short speech by AUIS Dean of Students, Geoffrey Gresk, where he explained that career fairs are essential to students' career development and advancement. This was followed by a guest talk by Mr. Ghassan Marrouche, CEO of Dilnia, one of the sponsors of the Career Fair, in which he described his comapny's line of work and the scope of career growth in the insurance industry and its importance in the Kurdistan Region.
This year, the job fair was open only to AUIS students and graduates which gave an exclusive access for exhibitors to meet and interview the top talent at the University. The event also provided an opportunity to the exhibitors to promote their products and brands and to engage and network with the other organizations. “AUIS graduates are resourceful. They have strong skills and capabilities and most of our students already have some work experience through internships and summer programs. Recruiters have to spend very little time training them to adapt to their new working environment," said Hana Saida, communications associate and an organizer of the event.
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Each year around 400 alumni and students participate at the fair. This year in particular, due to increased number of graduates, more than 500 participated, searching for jobs or internship programs. Many of the participating companies, such as Rabee Securities, Ericsson, Ernst & Young and Qaiwan Group have already recruited many AUIS graduates, and also offer summer training and internship programs.
We would like to extend our gratitude for the generous support provided by all the sponsors of the event. The top sponsors included Qaiwan Group, the platinum sponsor of the Career Fair, followed by Dilnia insurance and Ernst and Young EY as gold sponsors.
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AUIS Career Fair 2016 Exhibitors
The following companies participated in the AUIS Career Fair 2016. View or download the AUIS Career Fair catalogue to find out more about the participating organizations.
- AlMouyasser General Trading
- Al Qalam University College
- Arch Media - Silver Sponsor
- AsiaHawala - Bronze Sponsor
- Bahar Group - Bronze Sponsor
- Britannia Educational Services
- Dilnia Insurance - Gold Sponsor
- Erbil Manpower (emp)
- Ericsson - Silver Sponsor
- Ernst and Young - Gold Sponsor
- Halabja Group - Bronze Sponsor
- Hiwa Foundation
- Horizon Relief Organization
- Huawei Technologies - Bronze Sponsor
- Jisr al-Furat
- Kurdistan Save the Children
- Moonline Travel and Tourism
- Professional Development Institute - AUIS
- Qaiwan Group - Platinum Sponsor
- Rabee Securities - Bronze Sponsor
- Rwanga Foundation
- Save the Children International
- Sky Air Travel and Tourism - Bronze Sponsor
- U.S. Consulate General Erbil
- Weatherford International - Bronze Sponsor
- Worlwide Business Management (WWB)