Career Fair 2018

Your Career, Our Passion

December 05, 2018

The Office of Career Services (OCS) at the University of Management and Technology (UMT) Lahore organized UMT Annual Mega Career Fair, under the theme ”Your Career Our Passion”. Abiding by the current scenario of Disruptive Innovation and increasing significance of Startups and Entrepreneurship, this Mega Annual Career Fair not only brought 100+ organizations comprising of; MNCs, local and SME, local and foreign institutes, renowned consultancies, but also some top Incubation Centers of Pakistan including, LMKT Spark, National Incubation Center (NIC), Plan9 – PITB, Innovation District 92, UMT Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CENTIN) and FUTURIZM – ORIC, whereby the UMT participants were provided with the best of the best platforms to facilitate them in their startups and encouraged entrepreneurship among UMT participants. Further, the list of participating organizations including top notch organizations; Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Ltd (CCI), ABN Overseas Education, Fatima Group, Career Karwan, Shakarganj, Careem, Nawa-I-Waqt, Game Storm Studios, MDS Foods (Hardee’s), Stylo, Starlet, FILO, Hira Terry Mills, Wok This Way, Treschic, Cotton Web Ltd., Haier Pakistan, Systems Ltd, Zameen.Com, Hi-Tech Lubricants (ZIC Motor Oil), Abacus Consulting, Wilshire Laboratories, Wilcare, Gloss Me Up, AUJ Group, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA), Punjab Skills Development Fund (PSDF), Izhar Monnoo Developers, IBEX, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Center, SKIF Enterprises, Miranz Technologies Private LTD, Urbansole, Jawa Group of Companies, UBL Funds Managers, Allied Bank Ltd., Al Baraka Bank, Soneri Bank, HG Markets, Autosoft Dynamics Private LTD., Crewlogix Technologies, TKXEL, Next Pharmaceuticals Private Limited, Yantai Mingdian Machinery Equipment, Ideas By Gul Ahmed, Crescent Bahuman Ltd., Kohinoor Mills Ltd., Ambition Apparel, CCL Pharmaceuticals, Analytics Private Ltd., Center of Economic Research of Pakistan, Joyland Ltd., Fermrock Pvt. Ltd., University of Hertfordshire, Queen Mary University of London, Emirates Supply Chain Services and many more under one roof had set up their recruitment stalls. A swarm of fresh & experienced graduates and students across Lahore, flooded the venue, networked and exchanged their data with the recruiters and some even got interviewed & hired on spot.

35+ food and commercial stalls were also exhibited during the event under “Food & Grand Shopping Gala”, where visitors enjoyed fresh bites of traditional and fast food along with other activities. Apart from food items, attendees enjoyed other activities including dart games, quiz games and many more where a lot of prizes and giveaways were distributed.

The objective of Career Fair 2018 was to aware opportunity seekers of the new disruptions and innovations that are being inculcated daily in the world of work with the arrival of Industry Revolution 4.0 and 5.0. Also, a glimpse of what the corporate sector is looking for was displayed in this event in order to make the future human resource realize of the gaps between academia and the professional world. Recruiters held talks with the fresh graduates and evaluated their knowledge, skills, and passion to learn in a working environment. Candidates delivered around 5,000 CVs directly to the recruiters.

Zeshan Afzal (Global CEO, Shahid Afridi Foundation) along with Farooq Ajmal Alvi (Chairman & Founder, Brain Telecommunication Ltd), Asif Saeed Haider (Principal Secretary The Office Of Rector - UMT), Khalid Naqi (Director Career Services & Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) – ICDF – A Think Tank - UMT), Saleem Atta (Controller Examination - UMT), Asad Ur Rehman (Director Institutional Linkages (Foreign)- UMT) and other senior faculty and staff members of UMT inaugurated the career fair. They also visited all the corporate stalls and lauded OCS efforts to provide job opportunities at the doorsteps.

Khalid Naqi commenced the event with his opening note. He welcomed the participating organizations and insisted UMT participants to showcase their talent with the right attitude and sell their credentials & brand. Zeshan Afzal, who is holding several senior positions in the Corporate Sector, said such events should be organized by all public and private sector universities in order to aware the future generation of upcoming trends and demands of the future world of work. He advised UMT participants to make their goals and dreams aligned and not to look for shortcuts but rather to work hard and keep moving forward because only then dreams will be accomplished your dreams. He advised the graduates to stay in contact with their mentors despite of leaving the university because they are the one who will guide them in making right decisions.

Dr. Ali Jawa (Medical Director, Wilcare) addressed the audience and redefined the usual perception of health which is not only the absence of disease but an overall state of well-being – psychologically, mentally and physically. He emphasized that a regular checkup is not only a duty of old age people but everyone’s responsibility to take care of their own wellbeing and health. He mentioned that diabetes, hypertension, and heart diseases are increasing in young and mid-aged people, for which we all need to pay regular visits to our doctor to stay fit and healthy in all regards.

Talented students from Disability Resource Center – UMT participated at the event and presented a special performance on the National Anthem of Pakistan which was encouraged and thoroughly enjoyed by the attendees. UMT participants marked their standout presence in the event by participating in the Brand Walk conducted by OCS. Student showcased their sheer confidence & positive attitude and gave a shout-out that they are ready to take onto any challenge that comes in their way. Adding to that, UMT participants from Dramatics Club presented a pragmatic yet fascinating skit, followed with a guitar performance, presenting the dilemma of job search and grey areas where student lack due to which they cannot find their dream job. Their performance gripped the audience and allured them till the end.

During the Career Fair, OCS launched its massive platform, Innovation Capital Development Forum (ICDF) – A Think Tank: A C - Suite Exclusive Forum, which aims to connect and bridge the academia with the Industry, boost the Innovation within the industry and academia and start a staunch alliance between Academia and Industry that stops the economic meltdown of Pakistan by stabilizing it with the production of human resource, which is not only innovative but is also able enough that can boost economic progress of Pakistan by competing with other multinational economies across the globe. A cake cutting ceremony was held for the launch of the forum in the presence of Zeshan Afzal, Farooq Amjad Alvi, Raheel Iqbal, Tughral Ali, Shayan Zaeem, Ahsen Imran, Guest of Honors and OCS staff members.

Khalid Naqi – Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) – ICDF – A Think Tank, Director Career Services (UMT and C-Suite Executives from the Industry including Zeshan Afzal – Global CEO, Shahid Afridi Foundation,), Amjad Farooq Alvi – Chairman & Founder, Brain Telecommunication Ltd, Ahsen Imran – CEO, Millat Equipment Limited, Raheel Iqbal – CEO, The Game Storm Studios (Pvt) Limited, Shayan Zaeem – Co-Founder & CPO, Fizz Inc – USA, Tughral Ali – Head of Branchless Banking, FINCA Microfinance Bank Ltd, Qashif Effendi – CEO, Reem Rice Mills, Adeel Anwar – Head Talent Acquisition and Learning- Coca Cola İçecek and Ms. Arshia Saquib – Head of HR, Commercial - Coca Cola İçecek actively participated in the Panel Discussion on “Developing Passionate Productivity Partners for the Future World of Work”. The Panel Discussion was moderated by Saira Iqbal Khan – Chief Disruption Officer - ICDF, in which industry players shared their valuable insights and seeded academia with the right inputs in developing and raising students with the right attitude and conceptual clarity with ability to contribute positively in the business world, whereby strong collaboration with industry was considered extremely essential to groom the students on the emerging skill set requirements of industrial Revolution 4.0.

Concluding the panel discussion, Amjad Farooq Alvi expressed his affection for such forums like ICDF. He shared that we all want to be successful in life and make success our final goal of life. For that, we need to be a good human being. However, what missing is the ability to think as its required to apply our minds and learn, unlearn and learn again to enhance our creativity and keep progressing in this evolving industry. He said, “Passionate Productivity Partners is a two-way thing and for every investment, a return is required”.

At the end, Raheel Iqbal (CEO, The Game Storm Studios (Pvt) Limited), Khalid Naqi (Director Career Services – UMT) and Zareen Khan (Lead Core Ops – OCS UMT), thanked the participating organizations and distributed Certificates & Souvenirs as a gratitude for their contribution towards the economy at large by exhibiting their recruitment activities and help eliminating unemployment. In their concluding remarks, OCS team, Ushers, Marshals, and all the university management offices were praised for their support and timely execution of the event by effective management followed by the group photographs.Expressing their views, some of the students said that the career fair was an exciting opportunity to interact with the companies of their choice. They said that the event had brought them opportunities to learn from the exposure and help in buffing up skills that are the requirement for securing jobs in a competitive environment. 




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