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1 April, 2011

Career Day Gives Students a Boost

Career DayAs stated recently by a visiting professor who also served as president of three universities, it is unfair to ask students to invest four years of their time and then not find work when they graduate and become job seekers. Here at Bethlehem University, we couldn’t agree more and are working ardently to support students and alumni as they shape their career paths and future livelihoods. To that end, we hold an annual career day which brings potential employers together with students and graduates. They come prepared to ask questions and be asked questions.

Career DaySponsored by the Arab Bank, the 17th Career Day took place on the 24 March 2011 with more than 50 employers from the private, public, business, health, hospitality, and education sectors set up booths for students to visit, take materials, present their CVs, and be interviewed for possible employment. The event was opened by Br. Peter Bray – Vice Chancellor, who expressed appreciation to Mary Sabella, the Arab Bank and the Counseling Office for ensuring the event ran smoothly. He also pointed out how important it is to give students "the chance to explore employment opportunities."

Career DayMany different organizations and companies participated in the event. Representatives from Deloitte, as US based auditing firm said they noticed a marked improvement in the CV skills of the students. The Bethlehem office already employs 7 Bethlehem University graduates: Laureen Naji Abu Saad (BU’09),  Wisam Atta Qaymary (BU’08),  George Issa Abu Farha (BU’07), Anton Issa Naber (BU’04),  Issam Adnan Jaffal (BU’04),  Mohammad Omar al-Batnij (BU’03),  and Hagob Harout Banian (BU’92).

Speeches were also given by Ms Mary Sabella, Minister of LCareer Dayabor – Dr. Ahmad Al Majdalani, and the Deputy Director – General of banking services of the Arab Bank - Mr. Jamal Hurani. Present also was the Governor of Bethlehem, Abdel al Fatah Hamayil. Mr. Al Majdalani spoke about the future plan of the ministry in order to increase the opportunities of youth in Palestine while emphasizing the role of Bethlehem University in leading this process through its strong role in education and leadership education.

He emphasized how the two institutions can work together to contribute to the development of the Palestinian society. Mr. Husam Wahhab, BU faculty member presided during the speeches and welcomed everyone.

Career DayMany thanks to all those who put in time and effort for this important day. Special thanks goes to the Career Day Committee under the coordinating leadership of Ms. Mary Sabella from the Counseling Center, and Ms. Haneen Musleh  of the Alumni Relations Office who coordinated workshops and preparation sessions for the students with grant funding support from the Italian Ministry of Youth.   For more information on projects spearheading the effort to further students in their career development, click here. A list of participating organizations (English and Arabic combined) can be seen by clicking here.


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