AUA Holds Virtual Job Fair
At a five-day event on June 8-12, the American University of Armenia (AUA) held a virtual job fair that connected employers with AUA students and alumni seeking employment and internship positions. Human resources professionals, technical experts and leaders of 15 private and public sector organizations joined in online to make presentations about their respective operations, to provide information on current and potential vacancies, and to offer expert advice to tens of participating AUA students and alumni.
This virtual event was the first of its kind in Armenia and secured strong and broad participation. Having embraced interactions in virtual spaces in the pandemic-imposed online learning environment, AUA students are steering forward comfortably under the continuing physical distancing conditions. Similarly, many leading employers have begun shifting their recruitment and candidate screening functions to online. The AUA Career Services took the lead in initiating and organizing this event bridging AUA graduating students and alumni with potential employers by redesigning the AUA annual employer days in a virtual environment.
The organizations hosted by AUA at this year’s first virtual job fair were TUMO, Breavis, ID Bank, Inecobank, VMWare, Crowdfunding Formula, Stamina, Reezalt, Loopex, Foundation for Armenian Science and Technology (FAST), Lucky Carrot, KPMG Armenia, Grant Thornton Armenia, Teach for Armenia, and Fidem. These participating organizations were allotted designated time slots to present their operational profiles, talk about currently open and imminent employment and internship opportunities, the qualifications they were seeking, and other relevant information. The open positions were diverse and ranged from accounting and auditing to software development, content development, and creative writing, from management and marketing positions to research and legal specialists.
Each session afforded participating AUA students a real-time virtual platform to ask questions, inquire further about specific job requirements and hiring procedures, explore a host of internship opportunities, as well as establish direct contact for further follow-up. For many students, the event also offered expert support and stimulus for advancing the students’ individual career plans.
The feedback received from participating employers was very encouraging. “We enjoyed speaking to the students and sharing with them our passion and knowledge in addition to the opportunities that we have in our organization. This was a great way to reach out to the students and graduates during these times,” says Tsoline Avedisian, the Senior HR Manager at TUMO. Many spoke to the importance and timeliness of the event for filling current vacancies in their organizations.
In their turn, the participating students and alumni attested to the usefulness of the event, citing the multiple benefits it offered to uplift and guide them in moving forward with their career plans in these unprecedented times.
AUA plans hosting similar events in the future to help students find the right employment match for their knowledge and skills by learning how to market themselves and getting better acquainted with the top employers in the Armenian labor market.
Founded in 1991, the American University of Armenia (AUA) is a private, independent university located in Yerevan, Armenia, affiliated with the University of California, and accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission in the United States. AUA provides local and international students with Western-style education through top-quality undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs, promotes research and innovation, encourages civic engagement and community service, and fosters democratic values.