Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair helps boost many ca­reers

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The Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair at­tracted 700 vis­i­tors and more than 40 com­pa­nies to the Ukrainian House in Kyiv on March 31.

The job fair is a bian­nual re­cruit­ing event with a 13-year his­tory of ca­reer match­mak­ing.

The at­ten­dees had an op­por­tu­nity to talk to the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the par­tic­i­pat­ing com­pa­nies, learn in de­tail about their job open­ings, file ap­pli­ca­tions on the spot and net­work. Both em­ploy­ers and job seek­ers said they found the event very use­ful.

Ehor Dovhopolyi, who stud­ies law in Bo­rys Hrinchenko Kyiv Univer­sity, said that he came to the fair to look at the job of­fers and learn about the law firms op­er­at­ing on the Ukrainian mar­ket.

He said that he prefers to look for a job at re­cruit­ing events rather than on­line.

“Here you have an op­por­tu­nity to talk to peo­ple,” Dovhopolyi says.

More than 40 bank­ing, con­sult­ing, tech­nol­ogy, web de­vel­op­ment, law, re­tail and pub­lic ser­vice agen­cies and com­pa­nies were look­ing for em­ploy­ees at the fair.

Most of the com­pa­nies’ rep­re­sen- tatives agree that an ideal can­di­date should have field-spe­cific ed­u­ca­tion and de­vel­oped soft skills, such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion and self-pre­sen­ta­tion. They also em­pha­size the im­por­tance of hav­ing a strong grasp of the English lan­guage.

Va­syl Beloivanov, an en­gi­neer from BIIR and the com­pany’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive at the fair, says that they have al­ready gath­ered many pro­fes­sional engi­neers from all over Ukraine. How­ever, as they grow and de­velop, they plan to build a new of­fice and strengthen the com­pany by hir­ing more em­ploy­ees.

“The search for new peo­ple is a never-end­ing process,” Beloivanov told the Kyiv Post.

Ex­pert ad­vice

The fair fea­tured in­spi­ra­tional talks and dis­cus­sions.

Among them was a dis­cus­sion panel with gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees to in­tro­duce the pe­cu­liar­i­ties of pub­lic ser­vice to the job seek­ers.

Iryna Ly­tovchenko from the Min­istry of Health, Dmytro Shevchuk from the Sec­re­tariat of the Cabinet of Min­is­ters and Iuliya Zaichenko from the Min­istry of Jus­tice shared their sto­ries of choos­ing a pub­lic of­fice over ca­reers in pri­vate sec­tor and op­por­tu­ni­ties abroad.

They all work for the strate­gic plan­ning de­part­ments and hope to make a sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to the over­all per­for­mance of the gov­ern­ment.

“(We have come) to look for ways of im­ple­ment­ing strate­gies be­cause very of­ten they re­main only on the pa­per,” Shevchuk said.

They also said that the pro­ce­dure of ap­ply­ing for a job in the Ukrainian gov­ern­ment doesn’t take much time and can be done on­line. How­ever, the se­lec­tion is de­mand­ing.

Ly­tovchenko says that the se­lec­tion chal­lenges both pro­fes­sional knowl­edge and the soft skills of the can­di­dates.

Some Ukrainian ex­perts and lead­ers held sem­i­nars and gave speeches.

Aliona Shkrum, a law­maker with the 20-mem­ber Batkivshch­yna fac­tion in par­lia­ment, gave an in­spi­ra­tional speech about the im­por­tance of dream­ing big.

She told the story of how she wanted to study at the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge and man­aged to get a schol­ar­ship only from the fourth try.

“Lis­ten to your­self and try to un­der­stand what makes you happy,” Shkrum said.

She also rec­om­mended find­ing a men­tor who could sup­port and crit­i­cize, as well as learn­ing how to work in a team.

Liliya Savych, HR di­rec­tor at Leroy Mer­lin, told the at­ten­dees about the chal­lenges of the mod­ern world and the con­cept of VUCA (volatil­ity, un­cer­tainty, com­plex­ity and am­bi­gu­ity of gen­eral con­di­tions and sit­u­a­tions) and how to fight them.

The CEO at Eterna Law, Maryna Fomenko, talked about ap­ply­ing for a job in a clas­sic law com­pany, while found­ing part­ners at fi­nan­cial tech­nol­ogy law firm Bright­man Dmytro Hon­charenko and Krystyna Nyem­chynova in­tro­duced to the au­di­ence their vi­sion of a mod­ern lawyer.

Gen­eral Di­rec­tor at Red Bull Ukraine Tetyana Lukinyuk talked about mar­ket­ing and gave ad­vice on how to pur­sue a suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

She said that it’s ex­tremely im­por­tant to en­joy the oc­cu­pa­tion a per­son chooses.

“You will build no ca­reer, have no suc­cess, and im­ple­ment no cool projects if you don’t love what you do.”

(Volodymyr Petrov)

Job seek­ers flocked to Ukrainian House in Kyiv for the Kyiv Post Em­ploy­ment Fair on March 31.

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