Thursday, March 24, 2016

Manipal University Dubai hosts a two day career fair on 23rd and 24th March 2016. The career fair is a great platform for employers to connect with students and alumni.

The event was officially inaugurated by the Academic President Dr. S.V. Kota Reddy, who highlighted that today's employers place the most emphasis on finding students with a good work ethic who can articulate their career goals and who are proficient in the areas of leadership, communication, collaboration, and innovation.

Besides the career fair exhibit, the event includes pre-placement talks, campus interviews and technical talk sessions.

The panel discussions are drawn from the theme ‘Behind the Scenes’, where industry leaders across business domains share their experience from which students can draw inspiration.

The first set of panel sessions explored the leadership perspective. Titled ‘Rise & Fall’, its panelists included some of the industry’s most revered: Himanshu Vashista, Founder and CEO of Sixthfactor Consulting; Sankar Sundarsan Founder and CEO of Stravalor Management Consultants; Carla Klumpenaar, Regional Communication and Interior Design Manager at IKEA (UAE, Oman, Egypt, Qatar); Dr. Govindrajan, Head R&D at Himalaya Global Research Centre; Anurag Malhotra, Head of International Ad Sales and Event Sponsorships, Zee Network ME; and Vikas Handa, Managing Director at Weir Oil and Gas.

The session was moderated by Dr. Jason Fitzsimmons, Chairperson of the School of Business. Years of experience in the industry have made the panelists weather-hardened, turning their opinions into invaluable advice as they imparted insight into the ‘real corporate world’.

The second panel discussion titled, ‘Identify & Create’ was more GenY oriented; its panellists included some of Manipal Dubai’s most resourceful alumni: Amough Shetty, General Manager at Technocom Networking Communication; Alma Raheem, Relationship Manager at Scientific Clinical Lab; Saad Khan, Research Associate at Dubaiomics; Shaik Waseem, Operations Manager at Voltstar Electromechanical Works LLC; Apurv Bhatnagar, Interior Architect; and Maha Hussain, Account Manager at IdeaSpice Design.

The session was moderated by Mr. Sabir Haque, Asst. Professor from the School of Media & Communication. The aim of the discussion was to learn from the experiences of those who have emerged from the same backgrounds as current undergrads; the panellists shared their stories about starting from student backgrounds and their metamorphosis into successful individuals.

The highlight of the event was in the second half of the day where a diverse list of employers set up base to interview and offering exciting work experience and internship opportunities for undergrad and postgrad students.

If you missed the first day, don’t fret! The fair will be on today, the 24th March as well; those seeking job opportunities, don’t forget to register!

By Mehak Srivastava

Edited by Sayema Wasi

The authors are undergraduate students from the School of Media & Communication