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Job Fair to Help Businesses Recruit Graduates

The 6th Job & Education Fair has been scheduled to take place on May 19 from 8:00-16:00 at the National University of Laos’ Faculty of Engineering in Vientiane to help businesses recruit newcomers to pursue their business growth.

A press conference was held yesterday (April 26), attended by the Dean of Faculty of Engineering, Prof. Dr Boualinh Soysouvanh, Deputy Secretary General of Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LNCCI), Ms Daovading Phirasayphithak, and Executive Director of European Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECCIL), Dr Ramon Bruesseler.

The fair will be jointly organised by the LNCCI, the National University of Laos’ Faculty of Engineering, and the ECCIL, with support from Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie and the TVET Teacher Education Programme by GIZ in the Lao PDR.

The Job & Education Fair originally began in 2012, started by two Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) integrated experts, and had been jointly organised by the three above mentioned sectors.

The main objective of the fair is to bridge the gap between academic and business communities.

On the one hand, there is a lack of awareness on the part of the students as to where their studies will take them and which employment possibilities are available in the labour market. On the other hand, companies have a hard task to communicate with students in order to explain the nature of jobs or to attract suitable candidates to apply for vacant positions.

Currently, around 4,800 students are enrolled in the faculty, of whom around 1,000 students will graduate by the end of coming June.

In 2015, the fair attracted more than 1,500 visitors while last year, around 1,300 students turned out for the event.

The fair not only stimulates students to draw clearer career plans and to get informed about diverse education and training options, but also to help them obtain desperately-needed internships.

Besides giving potential employers the opportunity to present their organisations, the organisers put a lot of emphasis on offering further attractions, for example workshops to train students how to act appropriately during a job interview.

Panel discussions with human resource representatives on how to be best prepared for challenging job opportunities gained a lot of attention from the students, who are eager to hear first-hand experiences and recommendations.

In this context, the companies repeatedly emphasise how important it is for young Laotians to assume responsibility, not only for their own work area but also for the success of the entire company.

Furthermore, all students have the chance to get information about studying abroad and receiving scholarships from a broad range of organisations like Campus France.

The fair is expected to attract more than 30 companies and organisations, involved in areas ranging from IT to bank to hydropower, the last of these offering a wide variety of more than 50 vacant positions. Besides interaction with students, many companies get in touch with academic staff of the faculty to exchange ideas on how to improve the study courses according to the demand of the economy.

Source: Lao News Agency