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Jobs and internships fill air at autumn Career Fair 2008


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Check out our November 2008 Career Fair on YouTube!
Visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyZWtqXWtic


By Natnipha Vimuktanon


Close to eight hundred job seekers last week attended AIT’s largest ever single day on-campus Career Fair. All attendees hoped to catch the eye of recruiters representing some of the Asian region’s most prestigious employers.

This year, for the first time in two years, NGOs, UN agencies and scholarship donor organizations participated with presentations and information sharing sessions on internships and further education opportunities available to
AIT students.

Participating organizations included the Asian Development Bank (ADB) GMS-
EOC, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Institute for International Education (IIE), TUSEF/ Fulbright Scholarship, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, and UNESCO. 

This year’s autumn event held on November 14 attracted thirty-two companies and one international agency. A wide cross-section of leading firms involved in the environment, engineering and technology, and the management sectors participated, filling the
entire AIT Center with corporate promotional display booths.  

Despite indications of an economic slowdown impacting the region, Career Center organizers reported that more companies participated at this year’s November event than in 2007. The AIT Career Center also recorded more job and internship postings on its website than at any time in the past, officials said.

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According to Ms. Ann Lopez-Fontanilla (above), head of students at AIT, one reason for this increase was the AIT Career Center’s proactive campaign to connect its network with companies all across Asia.

Ms. Lopez-Fontanilla explained that this year a large number of companies were interested to fill regional vacancies for branch operations. “Companies that are staffing their international offices in countries such as Vietnam and Cambodia, and many other countries around the region, find our job fair quite strategic because of our tremendous multicultural student body mix,” Lopez-Fontanilla said.

Notable examples of firms who came to AIT with regional-level job opportunities included India’s Tata, Michelin (Thailand) and Japan’s Showa Denko KK, which sent its recruiters directly from Japan for the first time. Thai corporate giants Charoen Pokphand Group and Siam Cement Group were also well represented, as were many other well known companies. 
 
 
Head of students Lopez-Fontanilla added that AIT alumni and graduates are very specialized in terms of their academic expertise, and this tends to attract certain firms looking for particular types of skill sets in potential employees. 

At the event, participating students and graduates easily networked and introduced themselves to prospective employers for jobs and internships. Lucky attendees like Piyush Kumar, a School of Management MBA student, got on-the-spot interviews. “I was interviewed by CP Group, Michelin, and Halcrow all on the same day,” he said.


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The November 2008 Career Fair was officially opened by the
Vice President for Research, Prof. Sudip Rakshit (above), 
who welcomed all participants to AIT.
Dean of the School of Environment, Resources and Development,
Prof. Sivanappan Kumar
, opened the informational presentations
conducted in the morning.Afternoon sessions were opened
by Ms. Carla Gonzales, Coordinator of AIT Career Center and Student Affairs.

 
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Part of the large opening session crowd.









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Mr. Edgar Shank, UNESCO representative.

 
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Ms. Lilita  B. Pacudan (middle) ADB representative at an exhibition booth.

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Mr. Jorgen Eriksson, ADB representative.