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‘Career Fair 2019’ at BUTEX held

Bangladesh University of Textiles (BUTEX) in association with Access to Information (a2i) organized ‘Career Fair 2019’ in the university premises on 12 December.

The aim of the event was to give the students a real-time experience in the job market where prominent local and foreign companies participated. The gathering of students and employers made the event meaningful as both the groups exchanged their knowledge with each other.

Abul kashem BUTEX Career Fair 2019
Figure 1: Professor Md. Abul Kashem, the Honorable Vice-Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Textiles (Second from the right) in front of a booth.

The participating companies received CVs from the graduating students. And the students learned the qualifications the companies are looking for in the candidates.

Twenty companies including DBL Group, Square, HfL, SIM Group, Versatile, Dysin, zxy International, Insterstoff, Rossari, TUV SUD, TUV Rheinland, SGS, Apna Organics, Masco Group, Gildan, Meghna Executive, Hohenstein, Epyllion, Mahin Group and Auko-Tex Limited attended the fair and exchanged their views about recruiting students in their companies.

Shafiqur Rahman @ Career Fair 2019 BUTEX
Figure 2: Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, CIP, the special guest of the event is giving his speech.

The Career Fair not only focused on the jobs but also on foreign scholarships. DAAD Scholarship from Germany for textile engineers was one such example. The purpose of the career fair was to connect employers and job applicants so that the graduating students could get an idea of job prospects in a wide range of professional areas.

There was also a segment of presentations where representatives from ten companies shared their ideas about their companies and gave pragmatic suggestions to the students. Dr. Abbas Uddin Shiyak, Assistant Professor of Department of Dyes and Chemical Engineering presided over this segment.

Abbas Uddin Shiyak @ BUTEX Career Fair
Figure 3: Dr. Abbas Uddin Shiyak presiding over the presentation segment.

Professor Md. Abul Kashem, Vice-Chancellor of the Bangladesh University of Textiles visited the booths and gave a short speech. He appreciated the arrangement and expressed his expectation to organize this kind of fair every year.

Engr. Md. Shafiqur Rahman, CIP, Managing Director of HAMS Group and President of Institution of Textile Engineers and Technologists (ITET) was present as the special guest.

When asked about the fair and its outcome, Dr. Hosne Ara Begum, Professor of Dept. of Yarn Engineering said, “Many companies showed their interest in the fair. The best outcome of the fair is, students, learned about so many companies in only one day in one place!”

Dr. Abbas Uddin Shiyak said, “Career Fair 2019 is basically bridging between industries and the graduates. This helped the students to understand the industry requirements. It not only helped the outgoing students but also helped the first, second- and third-year students to be competent for the future. There were many companies about which the students didn’t know before.”

A representative of a2i said, “Many leading companies came here. The top employees gave a briefing about their companies. Students got idea about those companies directly from them. In most cases, graduates don’t get jobs because of information gap. But this fair closed the gap between the two groups.”

BUTEX Career Fair 2019
Figure 4: A group photo including the Vice-Chancellor, the organizers, the teachers, the company representatives and the students.

The Career Fair was not only beneficial for the students but also for the companies. Dr. Abbas Uddin Shiyak who orchestrated the fair said, “More than 50 openings were there for the graduates. I hope this will create a legacy of bringing the companies to meet future prospects. Closing the gap between what is available and what is expected.”

He expressed his gratitude to the Honorable Vice-Chancellor Professor Abul Kashem, Hosne Ara Begum, a2i and BUTEX Career Club for their support to make this program a grand success.

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