The Business Studies Department organized the ‘Career Guidance Day’ on Wednesday 29th March 2022. In this event, a series of career boosting programs were conducted for the department students. These events were organized with the help of Industrial and Community Engagement Committee, OJT Committee, Business Club, and Human Resource Management section in the department. The main idea of organizing this event was to prepare the graduating students for the job market.
The program started with a brief introduction of the program by Mr. Hatim S., HoS-HRM. He welcomed all the speakers and urge the students to take full advantage of such programs by participating actively.
First Session: How to Promote Yourself During OJT
Omantel has always being a leading training provider to the SCT students and based on their observation they have always came forward to support SCT students in developing important job skills to grab the job opportunities available in the market.
This time also, Ms. Eiman Said Al Malki, Assistant Specialist-HR from Omantel delivered a guest lecture on the topic of ‘How to Promote Yourself in Workplace During OJT’.
In her lecture, Ms. Eiman briefed the students about On-the-Job Training (OJT) program and its benefits to graduating students. She mentioned the different ways of promoting themselves during this training program in order to grab the future job opportunities in the same or other related companies. Further, she discussed the methods of building the brand value by creating a strong CV, professional LinkedIn pages and strong references. She stressed on the need of being active on social network like LinkedIn to create a strong professional network. As this will help them in exploring better job opportunities.
At the end of first session, Dr. Amit Sharma, Member-ICEC and Coordinator-OJT, thanked Ms. Eiman for delivering a valuable and informative lecture to the students. He also presented the speaker with a token of appreciation certificate on behalf of the Business Studies Department.
Second Session: Job Search Methods
In today’s highly competitive job market, it is essential to equip the job seekers with the best tools available to make their job search successful. A job search can be challenging and at times overwhelming. It is for these reasons that the BSD organized a session on Job Search Methods.
Ms. Marion Wilton, lecturer from the English Language Center-UTAS Salalah was invited as the resource speaker on this session. She discussed the effective strategies needed to successfully get that dream job including some practical advice to optimize the time and efforts that a job seeker puts into the job search. She also provided the attendees; the tools and the job platforms available online (ex. Indeed, Gulf Talent, Oman Jobs) and how a job seeker can maximize its features. Moreover, Ms. Marion gave some practical tips on how to organize a job search file using a tracking system that has proven to be effective and useful.
Before concluding the session, the resource speaker advised the exit level students to always keep a positive mindset. Job search can be frustrating and at times discouraging, but with a positive and pro-active attitude, success is not at all impossible to achieve.
Dr. Ghanim B. Shamas, HoD-Business Studies department, felicitated Ms. Marion W., with a token of appreciation certificate on behalf of the Business Studies Department.
Third Session: Write Your Destiny
Mr. Ricardo Biason, a Marketing Lecturer in the Business Studies Department, held a resume workshop that provided extensive explanations as well as step-by-step techniques for generating a successful resume.
The workshop is an interactive session that focuses on creating a job description that fulfills the needs of recruiters using Google's XYZ formula. "Accomplished [X] as measured by [Y], by doing [Z],". The students were taught how to write an effective and competitive CV that makes an immediate impact and impression by a recruitment expert.
Furthermore, Mr. Ricardo further stressed that today's hiring managers and recruiters use an application tracking system (ATS), which is a software that assists them in filtering qualified candidates. It also helps with the management of job applications, ensuring that none of them get lost in the shuffle. The program is intended for graduating business students as well as students who are actively seeking employment or preparing to enter the workforce.
Finally, the speaker addressed the interest of business studies students in applying for jobs, looking at resumes, and writing interesting CV’s.
On this occasion, Mr. Neil R., A/HoS-Accounting, felicitated Mr. Ricardo B. with a token of appreciation for his wonderful workshop.
The program concluded with a motivational speech by Dr. Ghanim B. Shamas, HoD- Business Studies Department. He addressed the participating students and highlightened the importance of learning the art of finding the job while completing the final year of studies. He also stressed on the need of acting in advance in order to be ahead of competitors in the job market.
The students who attended this event were very happy to understand the basics of finding a job while being a student.