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May 3, 2010

Career Day at Bethlehem University Helps Graduates Take Decisions for the Future

Career DayThe message of Bethlehem University is not only to educate students and equip them to contribute to the welfare of the Palestinian people, but also to help them make decisions of what they are going to do after they have left the University. “Your presence here helps them take this decision,” said Br. Peter Bray, Vice Chancellor of Bethlehem University, to the participating companies and organizations at the Career Day.

Career Day at Bethlehem University is designed for this purpose. Although the importance of this day comes from the fact that it is a chance for the students to meet with potential employers representing various sectors of the local Palestinian market; the greatest aim lays behind this fact.

Career DayBethlehem University organizes this annual day as a continuous step to its message here in Palestine. Education at Bethlehem University is unique because each and every day University life equips students with the skills they need to take their roles in the future, “work life challenges fresh graduates to take responsibility for every decision they make,” said Br. Peter, “here at Bethlehem University one of the things we do is to teach our students take the responsibility for their decisions,” he added.

Organized by the Counseling Office, this time the 16th Career Day, sponsored by the Bank of Palestine, was held on the same day as the Social Worker Day; 15th of April. H.E Ms. Majeda Al-Masri the Minister of Social Affairs recognized the Career Day as “a reminder to each party of its responsibility towards the Palestinian nation,” says H.E Ms. Al-Masri, “reminder not only that academic outcome has to be consistent with the market needs, but also that the private sector has to contribute to the development process,” she continued.

Career Day is not only an important opportunity for graduates to “experience model job interviews,” said Ms. Rabab Rabba, Human Resources Senior Recruitment Officer at Jawwal Telecommunication Company, but it is also to “help graduates find jobs,” she continued.

“It was a remarkable experience for me to really see how real interviews are being conducted,” said Muhammad Karjwally, Accounting major.  “This was an important opportunity for us graduates to introduce ourselves to the local institutions,” added Ameera Isid, Chemistry major.

The Manager of Bank of Palestine Bethlehem branch, Mr. Issa Qassis (BU’ 84), gave an encouraging speech to the graduates. “Being a Bethlehem University graduate opened many opportunities for me,” he said, “90% of the employees of Bank of Palestine in Beit Jala and Bethlehem are Bethlehem University graduates,” he continued.

In preparation for the Career Day, the Counseling Office organized a special workshop to provide senior students with training in CV writing and job-interviewing techniques to help them better “market” themselves to potential employers, “students were well prepared and had their CVs ready with them,” noted Mr. Salim Hodaly (BU’05), Public Relations Officer at the Bank of Palestine.

This year, Career Day was sponsored by the Bank of Palestine and over 200 students and 30 different organizations from the public and private sectors including banks, hospitals, schools and NGOs attended the event.  

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