Maria Hannan Nitu, a fresh graduate from Dhaka University of Engineering and Technology, has been struggling to find a satisfying job as she did not have any access to the companies where she dreams of working.
But Nitu found such an opportunity when she and her friends went to National Career Festival at International University of Business Agriculture and Technology (IUBAT) yesterday. She submitted her CV to the PRAN-RFL Group's stall for working in its engineering sector.
There she also got introduced with executives of many companies and placed her CV to five other stalls including Ananta Companies and Partex Group.
Not only Nitu and her friends, but hundreds of fresh graduates from different public and private universities came to the festival and submitted their CVs to companies which took part in the festival.
Seventy-one private companies participated in the festival which was inaugurated by Vice-Chancellor of IUBAT Professor Dr Abdur Rab on Saturday morning.
The IUBAT also arranged seminars and roundtable discussions to impart job related knowledge among the participants and to make plan to create jobs for the future graduates.
Professor Abdur Rab told The Business Standard, "It is important to make a linkage between the graduates and private companies. As a result, the graduates can chose suitable jobs and the companies can select skilled graduates."
Md Jubaer Hossen, sub assistant manager-HRM at PRAN-RFL Group, said, "Most of the graduates have a lack of communication with the employers or companies, which frustrates them day after day. The festival will help the fresh graduates to learn about job market."
"We normally get huge applications from job seekers but cannot actually know them before viva. We can know the job seekers directly through such career festivals," he added.
Hafsa Saroyer Jahan, a graduate from Stamford University, told this correspondent, "I had some idea about job and job market. But I have learnt a lot from the career festival."
"I did not know public relations could be a profession. I think it is a wonderful and promising career," he said.
Most of the companies at the festival offered fresh graduates posts of trainee officers and sales officers. Executives, senior executives and other managerial posts also are offered to graduates who have two years of experience.
Some training institutions also took part in the festival and offered training programmes to the graduates for their future development.
Saidur Rahman Emon, executive (Business development) of Creative IT Solution, said, "We offer three, six and one year training on IT related functions including making websites and graphic design. The graduates definitely could implement the training in their daily work if they hold top class jobs. Some of them will be able to get fresh jobs using our certificates," he added.
"It is a matter of hope that many graduates receive our trainings and become entrepreneur. They feel that business is better than getting any regular job," he said.