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Careers and Employability Services concludes successful series of 10 Career Days for MDX Dubai students

06/06/2022

On 25th May 2022, our Careers and Employability Services (CES) department ended another successful series of Career Days for the 2021-2022 academic year. The ten insightful sessions were well-received by students from the participating departments, which were: Law & Politics, Business, Tourism, Fashion Design, Media, Graphic Design, Psychology, Education, Computer Engineering and Informatics and Accounting & Finance.

Teaching vital careers skills and providing industry-specific insights

Each event was programme-specific and garnered great participation, with many students joining sessions delivered by industry professionals, who shared their perspectives on career growth in each industry. Alongside covering potential career pathways for particular programmes, sessions were also dedicated to vital employability skills all students need, such as CV writing, building a personal brand, public speaking and more.

Some of these notable sessions were delivered by:

  • Rachel Simmons, Deputy Manager - Workforce Operations, Expo 2020
  • Sarah Davis, Regional Head of Qualifications & Membership – MENA, CIPD
  • Taher Kapasi, Regional Education Manager - Middle East at ACCA
  • Bethan Sutherland-Course, Global Marketing Campaign Manager for ACCA – B2B
  • Tanya Guzder, Brand Manager, Proctor & Gamble
  • Roberto Croci, Managing Director for Microsoft for Startups MEA
  • Neil D'Souza, Regional Sales Manager, Google
  • Zeinab Husseini, Talent Acquisition Coordinator, L'Oréal
  • Jennifer Schlicht, Director of Deployment, Culture & Engagement (Deputy Director of HR), Le Royal Meridien
  • Kaha Salami, Social Media Designer at Emirates NBD
  • Amreen Ahmedi, Digital Designer, Emirates Flight Catering
  • Amir Shalaby, Senior Business Manager, Amazon
  • Don Vimal, HR and Regional Training Manager, American Express
  • Kate Grimes, Clinical Director, Inspire Therapy

In preparation for the Career Days, Ms. Clarise Morris, Human Resources Manager at Leviton, delivered an informative session entitled Building Your Professional Brand. Following this, Mr. Albert Johnson, HR Manager at Middlesex University, Dubai, delivered sessions on CV and resume writing, LinkedIn optimisation, and interview training with mock sessions. The participants for these sessions were then sent a Career Kit containing useful tips for creating a CV, writing a cover letter, interview preparatory questions, and Dos and Don’ts for interviews and in a workplace.

Building their industry networks and meeting with potential employers

Our students also took this opportunity to actively participate and network with company representatives about how to achieve their dream jobs in the Networking Sessions that took place at each career day.

Top employers in the UAE who participated in these Networking Sessions include:

  • Emirates Flight Catering
  • Apparel Group
  • Landmark Group
  • Dubai Technologies
  • RAK Bank
  • Anantara The Palm
  • Michael Page
  • Jashanmal
  • Advanced Behavioural Learning Environment (ABLE) UK

MDX Dubai alumni share their inspirational stories

There were also various panel discussions throughout the series of Career Days, with our alumni providing current students with insights about corporate culture, the current status of their industry, and employment opportunities for future graduates. We would like to thank the active and enthusiastic alumni for sharing their inspiring stories.

A University-wide effort

CES facilitated the sessions with support from Mr. Mohammad Meraj, Head of Academic Professional Services and Quality; Dr. Lynda Hyland, Head of Careers and Employability Services; Ms. Amanda Fernandes, Assistant Manager – CES; and Ms. Marwa Iqbal, Coordinator – CES.

Our Faculty Career Liaisons and CES interns Ms. Kathrynne Alday and Ms. Canris Mendoza also supported the organisation of both the on-campus and Virtual Career Days with participants from different areas of the world. 

We would also like to thank our students from the International Foundation Programme and all Undergraduate and Postgraduate programmes for their interest and participation.

We would also like to thank Dr Cedwyn Fernandes, our Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Director and our Deputy Director, Dr Cody Paris; Dr. Tenia Kyriazi, Deputy Director Academic Operations; and our Campus Programme Coordinators who have helped ensure the smooth running of successful Career Days for their respective schools.

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