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Jobs prospects, guidance key highlights at National Service Career Fair

Jobs prospects, guidance key highlights at National Service Career Fair
15 May 2024 08:37

WAJIH MOHAMMAD (DUBAI)

Job opportunities and career development programmes were key focuses for institutions participating in the 7th edition of the National Service Career Fair (NSCF) at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo City Dubai.

This three-day event, which kicked off on Monday, is designed to guide and empower Emirati youth in selecting appropriate career paths and fostering leadership capabilities within diverse public and private sectors that contribute to the nation’s future development.

The NSCF features over 70 government and private companies and institutions representing 30 sectors this year.

These institutions and companies aim to support and encourage more than 20,000 Emirati citizens, including professional experts and recent graduates, in their career path.

The exhibition allows companies to build a robust database comprising profiles of national service recruits and graduates to enhance future employment opportunities.

On the sidelines of the event, Dr. Yasser Al Wahidi, Director of the Abu Dhabi Maritime Academy, noted that the academy is participating in the NSCF for the second time with the aim of reviewing its programmes and current employment and scholarship opportunities.

Al Wahidi pointed out that the number of students registered in the academy last year exceeded 400.

He noted that the exhibition represents an important opportunity for national service recruits to learn about available educational and employment opportunities.

For his part, Ibraheem Al Zaabi, Senior Vice President, ADNOC Technical Academy, said that the academy is showcasing its specialised programmes and a diploma in four different specialisations, such as mechanical maintenance, electrical maintenance, precision instrumentation and control maintenance, in addition to oil and gas processing operations during the fair, calling on young people to seize the available opportunities.

Tariq Al Madani, CEO of INDEX Design Holding, explained that the event enhances communication between educational institutions and employers, noting that the NSCF recorded a 30% increase in institutions’ participation compared to last year.

More than 70 entities and institutions are taking part in the NSCF, including private companies, government institutions, and universities, all of which seek to present various job opportunities and support Emiratisation efforts.

This year’s edition includes 33 workshops led by more than 40 speakers, covering career guidance, job search strategies, and tips for building strong online and CV profiles.

The NSCF workshops on Tuesday included a session on “Emirates Group’s Emiratisation Strategy” in which Manal Al Soori, Emirates Group’s Vice President for Human Resources, Emiratisation and People Experience, discussed the policies and strategies that can be adopted to enhance Emiratisation in companies and institutions, which contributes to supporting the local economy and enhancing local human resources. Another session was on “Balance between personal life, work, and mental health” led by Aysha Ibrahim, a career consultant and specialist at Naifs.

The UAE Space Agency gave an overview of the importance of the space sciences sector in creating a better tomorrow for humanity, during the “Space Sector in the Emirates” workshop, presented by Hamid Al Hashemi, a senior engineer in space project development. Maryam Khalil Al Bahrani, Director of Human Resources at the National Bank of Oman, led the “The Impact of Personal Skills on Your Professional Life” workshop.

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