The HCT-Al Ain Women’s campus (AAW) is empowering students with career goals as it rolls out its novel exercise of welcoming a range of employers to the campus on a regular basis.
The weekly exercise is focused on providing career related opportunities and awareness to AAW students.
On September 26, AAW welcomed representatives of the Abu Dhabi Businesswomen’s Council (ADBWC) on the campus for an event attended by 50 Business students, representing the 2nd– 4th years of the Bachelor program.
The students heard from the Chief Executive, Hanim Salah Eldin, who spoke about the services offered by the organization, such as assistance provided to set up home-based businesses, and the chance for the young learners to join ADBWC through a special membership, enabling them to participate in trainings and workshops.
Ms. Hanim also spoke at length about career development opportunities, including, volunteering and work experience, in addition to full-time employment opportunities. She also emphasized that volunteering could pave the way for full time employment, as it helps in networking and understanding the exact requirements of ADBWC.
The students heard about the importance of developing good communication skills in Arabic and English, which is mandatory for good customer service; one of the mottos of ADBWC. Ms. Hanim concluded the discussion by describing how learning the nuances of interview skills would help the candidates to get their dream job.
AAW Career Advisor Kellye Blackburn, opined that all AAW students should spend time improving their soft and transferable skills. In this context the students were reminded about the AAW Career Services Department offering many career development services including mock Interview preparation.
She also reiterated that students can improve their soft skills by participating in clubs and organizations, serving in leadership roles, such as the AAW Student Council, and volunteering in organizations outside the college such as ADBWC, in order to hone networking and communication skills.
Business Lecturer, Omar Badran concluded the deliberation by saying: “The Employer on Campus events are a wonderful way for our students to learn about the opportunities available for volunteering, work experience and full time employment. ADBWC never hesitates to offer support for AAW students and we look forward to working more closely with ADBWC.”