Students got a taste of the real world, by learning first-hand what employers look for in prospective candidates, in the seventh annual job fair held at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) on Friday.
Around 25 national and international multinational companies participated in the job fair organised by the department of Management Sciences (MS).
The fair was inaugurated by Askari Bank Commercial Banking Group Head Khurshid Zafar. Addressing the opening ceremony, he told the students that the first lesson from the practical world is to prepare yourselves for a difficult journey ahead.
“The grades, the honours will look great on your CV but the companies are not hiring the degrees or the medals that you have earned over the years. The companies hire the person that you are”, he said. “You will have to learn to sell yourself since your CV barely helps you get a foot in the door. Treat yourself as a product and build yourself as a brand,” Zafar added.
He told students they could join his organisation as management trainee officers to train as future executives for the banking sector.
MS department head Naseer Rajput said “The department publishes a booklet that includes the profile of students who have appeared in the final exams and are looking for a job,” adding, the purpose of job fair is to introduce students to opportunities available in the market.
Final semester BBA student Khadija Fayyaz said, “Giving interviews has helped me and my class fellows learn exactly what an employer is always looking for in a suitable candidate.”
Published In The Express Tribune, June 16th, 2012.
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