NAJAH provides advice and opportunities for students and job-seekers

Published October 14th, 2009 - 01:37 GMT

Students, graduates and job-seekers are being encouraged to attend a newly launched Education and Career Forum to seek guidance on higher education options and employment opportunities with some of the world’s most respected institutions and organisations.


NAJAH, the most comprehensive education, training and careers exhibition in the UAE, is introducing the new forum to bring visitors into direct contact with industry professionals and education authorities, and offer as much guidance as possible during these economically uncertain times. 


Taking place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre from 20-22 October 2009, NAJAH’s Education and Career Forum will offer three days of interactive workshops and presentations, with detailed information and expert guidance on how to design a career development plan, enhance a CV and improve interview techniques.


“We decided to build upon the successes from the 2007 and 2008 seminars and introduce a more focused platform for education facilities and major organisations to speak directly to prospective students and employees,” said Lucy Clarke, Exhibition Director for NAJAH. 


“The Education and Career Forum brings together students, professionals and companies in one environment.  It presents an excellent opportunity for exhibitors to communicate directly with key focus groups and visitors, and for visitors to be exposed to critical information that can help shape their education or professional futures.”


“The Forum is highly interactive; presentations promote lively discussion and workshops facilitate personal contact between visitors and industry experts, a quality unique to NAJAH as we focus on bridging gaps and bringing target groups together to maximise opportunities available in the UAE, regionally and internationally,” Clarke continued. 


In the Career Forum, the Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council will discuss with students and recent graduates career opportunities in Abu Dhabi, especially in the fast growing aerospace sector.  Meanwhile, Hanan Nagi, a notable Life & Executive Coach speaks directly to working professionals contemplating a career change, bringing up key points to consider before taking action and how to positively implement the life change.


“The NAJAH exhibition represents an ideal opportunity for Abu Dhabi Tawteen Council to engage with its key audience of young Nationals, particularly those looking for further education options or career opportunities,” said H.E. Abdullah Al Darmaki, General Manager of the Council.


“We are committed to providing information and direction to young local jobseekers on the growing industries of Abu Dhabi and the opportunities they offer.  We are delighted to have been able to organise a seminar with the support of Mubadala, which will focus on a new global Aerospace industry for Abu Dhabi and its fascinating human capital opportunities.


“We look forward to welcoming as many people as possible to the session where they will gain real insight into the future of aerospace and the prospects it holds.”


Workshops and presentations on the finer elements of career success will be highly attractive to job-seeking visitors.  Manpower Middle East’s CV Clinic will give graduates an opportunity to review and revitalise résumés, REED UK will run a workshop on interview techniques, and Kelly Lundberg, CEO of Divine will discuss the importance of first impressions and how to dress to be taken seriously and reflect personality.


For visitors interested in pursuing a career in media, a Senior Reporter from The National, Rebecca Hill, Executive Director at the Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) and Wayne Borg, Chief Operating Officer for Twofour54 will be presenting at the forum, imparting vital information to students considering entering the field as well as job-seekers exploring a career change.


Study abroad opportunities for UAE students are a main focus at the Education Forum, as several presentations explore options in Australia, the UK, and the USA.  For those still deciding on an institution or field of study, Dr Ayoub Kazim, Executive Director at Dubai International Academic City will discuss different educational programmes and how individuals can find the path of study that best suits their talents and interests.


Students will greatly benefit from AIESEC UAE’s presentation on obtaining work experience and internships during undergraduate study.  Vice President Sandra Pertek will discuss how to find and obtain internships in the UAE and abroad, as well as the value of work experience and internships for students, offering insider information on careers and employment opportunities.


The most comprehensive event of its kind ever to be held in the UAE, NAJAH is an excellent platform for school leavers, graduates, parents, job seekers, and those seeking education opportunities abroad.

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