KDU NURTURES, MOULDS AND ENSURES STUDENTS’ EMPLOYABILITY THROUGH CAREER FAIR

 
KDU Students registering with potential future employers to secure job opportunities and internships KDU students listening attentively  to interviewer’s briefing to gather more information
  
KDU Students sitting for a group interview with a potential employer  
In today’s competitive job market where job opportunities in established organisations are scarce and extremely challenging to find, graduates are encouraged to go the extra mile and acquire fundamental values that employers are looking for. This challenging phenomenon is seriously addressed by KDU University College’s School of Hospitality, Tourism, and Culinary Arts (SHTCA) as they organised yet another successful ‘Career Fair’, in conjunction with their 30th anniversary, which marks yet another decade of successful run in producing highly qualified, professional and skilful graduates which caters to the demand of the hospitality, tourism and culinary arts industry from all around the world.

The Career Fair is set up to bridge the gap between KDU graduates and real industry players, with KDU University College being the platform for students to secure permanent jobs or industrial placement with reputable organisations, be it in Malaysia or internationally. The recruitment exhibition saw over 30 participating renowned names such as Marriott International, Hilton WorldWide, ACCOR Hotels, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Grand Hyatt Kuala Lumpur, Skillet @ 163, Dorsett Hospitality International, RPT Singapore, Four Seasons Langkawi, The Fullerton Hotel & Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore and many others, which provided ample job opportunities and trainings for graduates to embark on their journey for real world challenges.

Ng Pei Xin, a final year student of the Bachelor in Hospitality Management, said, “I am here to discover and explore different organisations, as I am currently in my final semester and preparing to find an internship placement.” She added, “This career fair has given me some ideas on the organisations that I should go for my internship placement, as well as to begin my career.”

Hasnain Akber, another final year student of the Bachelor in Hospitality Management mentioned, “This career fair is the perfect avenue for us final year students, as not only does it gives us an opportunity to learn more about these organisations, but also to survey for possible internship placements and job opportunities. I believe this is a good starting point for both the organisations as well as graduates to see if the placements will be a good fit.”

He further added, “Through this, we are exposed to real industry players instrumental in providing us a critical experience in applying or securing a job, which could mould our future career. It is a valuable learning experience for students to go through in order to prepare themselves for the real world.” It is absolutely exemplary what KDU’s SHTCA is providing to its students as they address the current challenge in the volatile market which could inflict arduous tasks for students to secure decent job opportunities.

According to Sharizal Kamaruddin, Academic Department Head at SHTCA, “The Career Fair is held twice a year to connect our current students, graduating students and alumni with the industry partners. This is the best platform for them to interact, get the latest updates about the industry, applying for jobs & internships and many other beneficial discourses.” Sharizal further added, “Through this, our students will get the necessary exposure from the communication and interviews with industry players, identify the industry requirements for employments, make direct applications for jobs & internship to the employers. This way, the chances of students securing a job or an internship will be boosted dramatically, and we want them to get the best possible option available to kick start their journey in the real world.”

KDU’s SHTCA provides students and graduates ample opportunities for jobs and internships upon graduation with smart collaborations and partnerships established with industry partners locally and internationally, making studying and learning experience here at KDU a peace of mind and a recipe for success.