Gulf University for Science and Technology Launches 19th Annual Career Fair
GUST) opened today its 19th Annual Career Fair on its campus. Held under the patronage and attendance of His Excellency Mr. Khaled Naser Al-Roudan, Minister of Commerce & Industry (MOC) and Acting Minister of State for Youth Affairs, the event was also attended by GUST Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Professor Salem Al-Tuhaih, GUST top management, and also hosted more than 40 different entities from various sectors, which connected GUST students and alumni with potential career opportunities.
GUST Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Professor Salem Al-Tuhaih, said, “We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to all our sponsors and participants for taking part in this important event. GUST has built a reputation and attained many accreditations which is reflected in the high standards of our graduates, and has resulted in their hiring in many renowned institutions in the country.”
This year, the opening ceremony included a panel discussion titled “Transformation and Career Opportunities for Youth in Kuwait”, in which the H.E. the Minister of Commerce took part as one of the panel speakers alongside Mr. Abdulrahman Al-Mutairi, General Manager at the Public Authority for Youth, and Mr. Mishal Al-Subaie, Assistant Undersecretary of Recreational Activities at the Ministry of State for Youth Affairs.
There were many other sessions held over the two-day period in order to give GUST students and alumni insight, knowledge, and expert opinion on employment and the local labor market.
Minister of Commerce & Industry and Acting Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Mr. Khaled Al-Roudan, said, “The establishment of private universities in the country has led to an increased level of educational opportunities and output of young Kuwaitis. I must stress on the students the importance of choosing their profession by focusing on their passion, as it will be a step in the right direction for their career and future.”
The businesses that sponsored this year’s fair were the National Bank of Kuwait, Kuwait Finance House, Gulf Bank, Al-Ahli United Bank, Zain, Ooredoo, Viva, Boubyan Bank, Alghanim Industries, Warba Bank, Commercial Bank of Kuwait, Nestle, National Investments Company, Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Centre, MGRP, and the GUST Students Association. It is also worthy to note that more than 40 companies from a wide variety of business sectors participated in this year’s career fair including: Global Investment House, Ernst & Young, YIACO, Ahli Bank of Kuwait, KOC, ITS, Agility Logistics, and first time participant Doha Bank.
The various businesses were present on campus for GUST students and alumni to be able to network with and apply for internships, full-time, and volunteer positions on location. Potential employers offered their services, market insights, advice, collected CVs, helped students apply online for possible job opportunities, and conducted on-site interviews with candidates.
The Career Fair is one of the most prominent events the university organizes each year as it helps ensure a smooth transition for students into the work force after graduation. GUST continuously works on improving the fair by providing a wide variety of different employers to cater to graduates’ interests and talents, as well as maintain diversity by including institutions from the education, medical, technology, public relations, investment, and industrial sector.
GUST President, Professor Donald Bates, said, “At GUST, we understand the importance of equipping our students with all the tools they need for their future, and part of that includes connecting them with the best possible group of future employers. This career fair is a golden opportunity for both students and employers alike to make meaningful connections and start their post-GUST lives on the right track.”
GUST also organized sessions and discussions that focused on job market inclinations. These included a Corporate Governance presentation by the Capital Markets Authority, “CMA Regulatory Requirements and Anti Money Laundering Regulation” presentation by Global Investment House, an awareness session about the PIFSS law by the Public Institution for Social Security, and lastly, a presentation by AIESEC to emphasize on career development through volunteering. These sessions added a distinctive factor to the event, and proved beneficial to students and alumni.
The Career Fair is a yearly event open to all GUST students and alumni for free.
For more photos the event, please visit the GT Gallery: gt.gust.edu.kw/gallery