DUBAI: The 17th edition of Careers UAE, the country’s leading recruitment exhibition for Emiratis, opens at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) on Sunday, where scores of public and private sector organisations from the region and across the world are preparing to meet, select and interview the best Emirati talent.
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With UAE school and university enrolment set to grow by 4.1 per cent year on year, according to the GCC Education Industry Report, the talent pool and associated demand for new careers are on the rise. Given that nearly half attendees found employment from attending the event, Careers UAE has positioned itself as the premier employment fair in the region.
Careers UAE, which plays a key role in facilitating public and private Emiratisation employment initiatives, is held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Emirati career hopefuls are expected to walk the halls at the three-day fair, organised by DWTC, to meet top exhibitors from companies and agencies, both local and international — including the UAE Armed Forces, Emirates Airline, Al Futtaim Group, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Emirates Global Aluminium, Dubai Police and the Dubai Government Human Resources Department.
“Careers UAE has been designed to wholeheartedly support the vision of the UAE’s leadership and provide a broad spectrum of career development opportunities to the brightest talent across the emirates,” said Asma Al Sharif, Director of Exhibitions, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC.
“This year, the event will host a number of features on the show floor to help UAE nationals in their search for the perfect role. These opportunities have been created specifically with the needs of millennials in mind, who approach job searching differently to generations before them. We have brought together companies from across the board, with a diverse range of roles in industries such as automotive, aviation, banking, construction, creative arts, education, energy, health care, hospitality, IT, retail, and telecommunications among others,” she added.
Sessions and forums
Helping job seekers on the show floor, InternsME, the UAE’s largest internship job site, and Careers UAE have teamed up to bring young, bright Emirati talent face to face with hiring managers from some of the world’s top employers, including Palladium Group, DNV GL and Sephora at the InternsME Talent Hunt 2017. In this ‘speed interview’ format, prospective employees are exposed to a wealth of potential employers in brief, intense meetings that could end with a contract signing.
Mission Possible, a popular feature in 2016, will also return to encourage job seekers to take part in an interactive treasure hunt which will test candidate skills and knowledge from writing CVs to interview etiquette, while searching for clues and offering a fantastic range of prizes.
Interactive workshops and one-to-one CV evaluation sessions will be hosted by Bayt.com, the online recruitment portal, while a Youth Circles Forum will outline how to empower the youth to express their opinions on employment in the UAE through a series of discussions. The Women’s Empowerment Conference, run in partnership with Hopscotch.ae, will run on Monday, bringing 150 women to discuss the issues facing working women in the UAE today.