UKH Holds First In­tern­ship Day

Stu­dents take a first step into their ca­reer path

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

An over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of stu­dents from the Univer­sity of Kur­dis­tanHawler (UKH) at­tended the first UKH In­tern­ship Day, an un­prece­dented event in Kur­dis­tan and Iraq.

The In­tern­ship day was hosted by the univer­sity and or­ga­nized and spon­sored by Er­bil Man­power Com­pany (EMP), a lo­cal Kur­dish com­pany spe­cial­ized in Re­cruit­ing and HR ser­vices among other busi­ness ser­vices. The event took place at the univer­sity cam­pus on Wed­nes­day, May 22, 2013 from 12:00 to 18:00 hrs.

Around 20 com­pa­nies were given a stand of their own at the univer­sity’s Ad­min Build­ing, known among “the UKH’ians” as “the Blue Build­ing”. The com­pa­nies, who were in­ter­ested in hir­ing in­terns from the UKH stu­dents, were meet­ing with the job seek­ing stu­dents to iden­tify the tal­ents and po­ten­tial lead­ers for their busi­nesses.

UKH stu­dents, known for their English lan­guage skills, strong aca­demic base and high level of en­ergy and in­ter­est in work­ing in the pri­vate sec­tor, are more at­trac­tive to busi­ness own­ers who are seek­ing for lo­cal skills and qual­i­fi­ca­tions in a coun­try where the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem does rarely cre­ate real tal­ents.

Ali Awni, HR and Re­cruit­ing Co­or­di­na­tor at EMP, who was man­ag­ing the com­pany’s stand at the event, told the Kur­dish Globe that their clients, most of whom are in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies in oil & gas, bank­ing, man­u­fac­tur­ing and tele­com in­dus­tries, are hav­ing dif­fi­cult times hir­ing lo­cals who have strong aca­demic back­ground and po­ten­tial to be part of a suc­cess­ful team.

“This is a unique op­por­tu­nity for both stu­dents and em­ploy­ers to get to know each other,” Awni told the Globe. “Stu­dents are able to find a tem­po­rary job dur­ing their sum­mer va­ca­tion, both to get ac­quainted with the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment and im­prove their prac­ti­cal skills, and also to cre­ate a con­nec­tion with the pri­vate sec­tor and try to se­cure a full time job af­ter grad­u­a­tion; while em­ploy­ers will have a chance to hire young and en­er­getic stu­dents as in­terns who are will­ing to work for cou­ple months free of charge, and also to eval­u­ate their po­ten­tials and of­fer per­ma­nent jobs for those who prove their ca­pa­bil­i­ties dur­ing this pe­riod.”

The par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies were rang­ing from lo- cal to in­ter­na­tional, small to cor­po­rate-size and from dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries.

The idea be­hind the in­tern­ship day, ac­cord­ing to Sazan Man­dalawi, the PR and Mar­ket­ing Di­rec­tor of the UKH, was to in­tro­duce stu­dents to busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

“Ev­ery stu­dent who can work in a com­pany as an in­tern for a pe­riod of six weeks, 20 hours per week, will get a cer­tifi­cate from the univer­sity,” Man­dalawi stated. “We are try­ing with the man­age­ment of the univer­sity to make such an in­tern­ship cer­tifi­cate part of grad­u­a­tion re­quire­ments.”

On Tues­day, the day be­fore the In­tern­ship Day, Aseel An­ton, a man­age­ment spe­cial­ist and EMP’s Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Con­sul­tant de­liv­ered a sem­i­nar to more than 50 UKH stu­dents. An­ton talked about the idea of in­tern­ship, how to par­tic­i­pate in an in­tern­ship fair, some tips about re­sume prepa­ra­tion and job in­ter­view. She also shared her in­tern­ship story and an overview of her own ca­reer path and suc­cess story.

Fol­low­ing the sem­i­nar, Zhala Sabir, Catch­ment Man­ager of the USAID Fo­ras Iraq in Er­bil, also de­liv­ered a short speech about the Fo­ras Pro­gram, its ob­jec­tives and ac­tiv­i­ties, which are aimed at im­prov­ing em­ploy­ment in Iraq.

The event host­ing com­pany also man­aged a re­sume prepa­ra­tion as­sis­tance desk at the UKH on the day of the event to help the par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents pre­pare their re­sumes for the fair.

Er­bil Man­power (EMP) staff mem­bers as­sist stu­dents from the Univer­sity of Kur­dis­tan - Hawler (UKH) with their ap­pli­ca­tions for in­tern­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties at the first UKH In­tern­ship Day at the univer­sity's cam­pus in Er­bil on Wed­nes­day, May 22, 2013.

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