Epoka University organized the First Career Fair on April 22, 2014, an activity which offered employment opportunities to last-year students, orienting and supporting these students in their first steps for a successful career. Approximately 50 companies from Albania and the regional marketplace supported the First Career Fair. Students from 11 different academic programs offered by Epoka University expanded their networks, conducted job interviews with the Human Resource representatives of these companies and recognized the employment possibilities in the labor market as well as internship opportunities. This event was supported by New Vision, BKT, Universe Promotions and Universe Promotion companies.
Addressing the audience at the beginning of the ceremony, the Rector of Epoka University, Prof. Dr. Remzi ALTIN welcomed the participants to the fair stating that the organization of the First Career Fair presents everyone involved with multiple opportunities; for employers to seek potential employees especially among senior students, for students to explore the market and attain a better understanding of job opportunities and requirements and particularly for graduating students to market themselves and ‘seal the deals’. “We at Epoka University are proud about the achievements of the first three generations graduated from our University. 91% of our graduates are currently employed or continue their Master’s and PhD studies in Albania and abroad. But at the same time, we are well aware of the challenges that face our graduates in the local job market, but also beyond. It is crucial that our students acquire practical knowledge that can be easily applied as well as soft skills such as communication, work-in-group and critical thinking abilities. These skills are crucial for a successful career”, Prof. ALTIN noted.
According to Prof. Dr. ALTIN, universities have the mission of educating and raising students to higher levels of competence by providing the necessary skills for the job market and ensure that students gain the knowledge and skills required at the workplace by providing the networking opportunities. “It is for this reason that this year we are starting the organization of the Career Fair open to all our students and alumni”, Prof. ALTIN noted.
The Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Mr. Erion Veliaj, in his speech highlighted the fact that the Career Fair is a an extremely important activity, not only to find a job that pays the bills, but also to find a job that makes the students feel fulfilled in their professional careers. “Everybody at Epoka University is working hard for the same goal. So whatever has happened for many of you who have studied here, graduating for the last two or three years, the end goal is to get jobs; to find good jobs for the young students who come up of this university. And I am very happy to see that everybody in this team from the person who is at the front gate to the rector is working in the same mission. And I think this is very important”, Mr. Veliaj said. He also noted that everybody has been raised being asked the question; what do you want to be when you grow up? According to him, the Career Fair represents a good opportunity to decide for the future. “I think that we all dreamt things and said different answers about what we want to do when we grow up. But I think a Career Fair is when you really have to answer the question instinctively. So for all of those who will be answering that question and decide what you want to do now that they are growing up. I wish you very success and I hope you will find a job that not only pays the bills, because it is only a part of the mission, but makes you feel like you belong to the team that is taking the man in the moon”, Mr. Veliaj stressed.
The Rector of Epoka University, Prof. Dr. Remzi ALTIN, the Minister of Social Welfare and Youth, Mr. Erion Veliaj and other participants in this Career Fair visited the stands of the companies and discussed with them about the opportunities that they provide for graduating students and at the same time, they had the chance to discuss with students about their future career plans.
The Career Fair is one of the most important events organized by Epoka University and it is a result of the serious work carried out by the Career Planning Office and the Dean of Students Office, which have the mission of assisting and orienting students in their job-seeking as well as other extracurricular activities