The exhibition, which runs until March 7, offers a window of opportunity to national graduates in the fast-growing banking and financial sector. It is being held under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by Mr Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCI), Mr Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, Director-General of Expo Centre Sharjah, , directors of various government departments, and members of the diplomatic corps and trade associations.
After the opening ceremony, the dignitaries toured the stalls of leading establishments from the banking and financial sector and related companies taking part in the exhibition.
“Emirati graduates have come to rely on the National Career Exhibition as a one-stop shop for exploring employment avenues in the banking and financial sector,” said Mr Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa.
“The presence of leading financial institutions from all over the country will ensure that graduates need not hop from place to place to look for opportunities that suit their requirements. We have brought together more than 80 establishments for the show, which marks an increase of 30% in show space occupied and the number of exhibitors from the past year,”
Mr Ahmed Mohammed Al Midfa said.
In a first for the National Career Exhibition, the Directorate of Human Resources Development, the Government of Sharjah, is participating in the show. About 27 government entities are taking part in the show under the umbrella of the Directorate.
“We are sending SMS messages to all job-seekers registered with US so that they can make the most of the career show,” said Maryam Sultan Ali Al Ali, Head of the Employment Department, the Directorate of Human Resources Development.
The Directorate’s objective is to provide more and more employment opportunities to nationals by co-coordinating with government departments and private establishments. “We succeeded in providing 1,400 jobs to Emirati job-seekers last year,” said Maryam Sultan.
“We are in continuous contact with employers to find jobs for UAE nationals,” she added.
The participants from the government sector include three ministries (federal exhibitors), and 22 local exhibitors representing the Government of Sharjah. They include the Sharjah Planning Department, the Economic Department, Sharjah Municipality, Sharjah TV and Radio, museums, the transport authority, chamber of commerce, airport, trade and tourist development authorities, immigration departments, Sharjah University, free zone and other departments.
UAE’s leading telecommunications provider etisalat will be having its stall for the first time at the career show. “The growing number of exhibitors, most of them leading business establishments in the country, is a proof that the National Career Exhibition is now a leading platform for recruitment of nationals,” said Mr Saif Mohammed Al Midfa.
There will be several value-added activities this time. “Candidates can take full benefit of interviews that will be conducted in a special meeting room during the show,” added Saif Mohammed Al Midfa.
Several workshops, symposiums, talks and group discussions will also be held during the exhibition.
Local as well as international banks will have stalls at the expo, with their representatives at hand to explain the benefits of a career in the banking sector and the opportunities that await Emirati graduates.
Apart from government departments and UAE-based colleges and universities, a host of financial institutions such as money exchanges, free zones, insurance companies and financial consultants will participate in the expo.
“First-timers also include the newly created Emirates NBD [that was formed after the merger of Emirates Bank and National Bank of Dubai and is the largest lender in the GCC by assets] and other new entities such as Ajman Bank, Noor Islamic Bank and several other leading names in the sector,” said Mr Al Midfa.
“Most of the participating establishments are not just offering nationals jobs but also committing to providing them enough job-specific training opportunities and placements to help graduates grain valuable on-hand experience,” Mr Al Midfa said.
“Apart from the government’s Emiratisation programme, several financial companies have their own internal policies to attract and retain Emiratis in their organisations, which all augurs well for the job-seekers,” he added.
Major local banks will include Dubai Islamic Bank, Dubai Bank, National Bank of Ras Al Khaimah, Union National Bank – Abu Dhabi, Arab Bank for Investment & Foreign Trade – Dubai, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Central Bank of the UAE – Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Emirates Islamic Bank, Commercial Bank International – Dubai, Bank of Sharjah Ltd., National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah Islamic Bank, Mashreq (head office), United Arab Bank and Invest Bank, among others.
Some of the Leading international banks are Standard Chartered Bank – Dubai, HSBC Bank Middle East, Barclays Bank Plc – Dubai and Citibank – Dubai.
The National Career Exhibition is being organised by Expo Centre Sharjah in association with the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Human Resources Development Committee in the Banking Sector, and Emirates Institute for the banking and Financial Studies.
The NCE will be open daily from 10 am to 8 pm.
It will be open exclusively for ladies on March 6th from 10 am to 2pm.On Friday 7th march the show will be open from 4 pm to 10 pm.
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