Hundreds of students and alumni from Rochester Institute of Technology Dubai (RIT Dubai) met with employers from more than 25 of the UAE’s largest national companies and multinational conglomerates during the university’s annual Career Day, held at the Address Dubai Mall.
Organised by the university’s dedicated Outreach and Cooperative Education Office, students and alumni had the chance to network one-on-one with representatives from organisations including Nestle, Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, EY, General Electric, Al Futtaim Automotive and the United Nations World Food Program.
The exciting event also gave participants the opportunity to engage with employers in round-table discussions on an array of different workplace related topics during a unique ‘Student Bootcamp’ activity, designed to prepare undergraduates for their cooperative internship placements which are a distinctive component of RIT’s degree programs. Students were also able to listen to panellists’ top tips for careers and job searching during an open floor Q&A discussion.
Eleni Papailia, Director Outreach and Cooperative Education: “The Student Boot camp Is a unique platform bringing together students and industry. It was an idea that came up during an Industrial Engineering Advisory Board meeting. I am pleased to see that this idea has become a successful and exciting part of our Career Preparation course! We are grateful to have all these brilliant people to join as facilitators and support our experiential learning efforts.”
“By examining different case studies with potential employers one-on-one during the bootcamp, we were given the opportunity to see how different scenarios would play out in a workplace environment” commented Salih Tamim, student of Computing and Information Technologies. “As students we deal with theory a lot, so it was brilliant to get practical insight on the world of work and have the opportunity to speak to potential employers in a more relaxed environment than an interview situation.”
Jide Ore, Talent Acquisition Manager – Middle East and Africa at Emerson Automation Solutions, agreed with Salih on the value of the afternoon, adding: “the bootcamp offered an exceptional chance for us as employers to engage with students on a totally different level. I was extremely impressed by the confidence and professionalism of the RIT students who took part.”
Students, alumni and RIT’s corporate partners were also addressed by His Excellency Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the RIT Dubai Board of Directors, who visited the Career Fair and spoke at the evening’s Alumni and Corporate Partners Dinner.
H.E. commented: “I am exceptionally proud of the success of RIT Dubai students and alumni in the UAE market and internationally. Our corporate partners give them a chance to shine and it is at events like this that it is wonderful to see relationships forming that will lead to the university’s best talent staying in the region.”