The American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) held its sixth annual Career Fair on April 20, 2017, and this year the event was open to all graduating students across Universities of Kurdistan. More than 800 job seekers attended the Fair, mostly from Sulaimani University and University of Duhok, including AUIS students and graduates.
“This was a great event because it brought together several themes of AUIS: Excellence in our students and graduates, involvement in the broader community, and service to others. We had hundreds of AUISers, both current students and alumni, pursuing employment opportunities with dozens of companies and NGOs,” said Geoffrey Gresk, dean of students, “We were also joined by guests from University of Suli and other institutions of higher education in the region. Finally, as always, we relied on a great team of student volunteers and staff members to make the day run as smoothly as it did.”
The one-day event took place at the University’s conference hall, with participation of 28 companies from private and non-private sector, international development organizations, NGOs, and new startups. This event as always provides an exclusive opportunity for job seekers to engage with recruiters and have one-on-one interviews as well as a platform for recruiters to network and promote their brand.
“Every year, companies from the private and non-private sector, as well as NGOs, participate at the Fair, but this year in particular, we had a number of startups that were established by our own graduates, like SAA company and MySolution, looking to hire AUIS graduates. This is something we at AUIS pride ourselves with,” said Hana Saida, AUIS communications and outreach manager and one of the organizers of the event. “Another startup, Middle East Sustainable Peace Organization MESPO -- founded by an International Studies (IS) graduate -- was looking for other IS students to provide internship opportunities.”
AUIS hopes to continue hosting the annual Career Fair in the coming years. Without the support of our sponsors and exhibitors this would not be possible. Special thanks to Qaiwan Group for being our platinum sponsor for the third consecutive year, as well as our gold sponsor, The International School of Choueifat, who participated in the Fair for the first time.
“We are incredibly grateful to our partners in the private, government, and non-profit sector who joined us as exhibitors for this event, as well as the hundreds of students, alumni, and outside guests who participated in this year's fair. AUIS remains committed to helping develop the private sector in Kurdistan and Iraq, through both connecting local and international firms with amazing AUIS students and alumni, as well as by helping foster new innovative startups from our student and alumni entrepreneurs. The AUIS Career Fair helps us accomplish both goals by helping us be a more effective resource for our students and a better partner for firms operating in the region,” said Oliver Keels, director of student services and one of the main organizers.
Special thanks to our sponsors, without their contribution, the Career Fair would not have taken place.