Tenth Annual AUB Job Fair Largest Since Its Inception
|One of the busy booths at the job fair
The booths of almost 120 local, regional, and international firms attracted
scores of student jobseekers, dressed professionally and armed with their
CVs, to AUB's Tenth Annual Job Fair, held on May 4-5. Although a wide
variety of agricultural, pharmaceutical, chemical, engineering, educational,
architectural, financial, business, and media firms and corporations were
invited to participate, job market needs were reflected by the fact that
more than sixty-three companies were looking for potential business and
finance employees. On the other hand, other firms only sought graduating
engineering students and a number of companies, like Nescafe and Proctor
and Gamble, were looking for students from all majors.
Work opportunities available for students in the humanities and social
science disciplines were mainly in the field of education. Seven educational
institutions sent their representatives this year and received applications
from students seeking to become secondary school teachers. The schools
included the Ahliah, the Mawakeb, Al Noor International, Al Sanawbar,
the International of Choueifat, and the Shaikha Hessa Girls' School.
To help students locate the stands of potential recruiters, the AUB Office
of Career and Placement Services (CPS) had published a Job Fair Guide
that profiled the participating companies and indicated the likely majors
of study recruiters were seeking. Booths for the fair were arranged along
AUB's upper campus, extending from Bliss Hall to Ada Dodge Hall, covering
the periphery of the Green Oval and the empty spaces surrounding West
Hall. The rents of the booths ranged from $500 to $2000. Companies vied
for the most attractive spots, and some, like Aishti, rented more than
one booth space and erected giant signs to attract student attention.
While many companies complained that the rental fees were rather high,
CPS Director Maryam Ghandour stressed they should remember the "social
debt" they owe to the community and said that the bulk of the revenues
collected would go to support the University's student financial aid program.
While the final figure of the total rental revenues is yet to be computed,
Ghandour assured that the net revenues would be more than $100,000, an
amount exceeding the annual revenues made since the inception of the fair
ten years ago.