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More than 300 UAE jobs up for grabs at career fair

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At least 300 jobs from public and private sector companies in the UAE will be up for grabs at the upcoming career fair in Dubai next week.

Participating companies will include du and a number of multinational organisations, as well as small and medium enterprises in the communications, finance, medicine and other industries. The positions are also suitable to those looking to pursue a career in marketing, architecture, graphics design, pharmacy, events and promotions, among others.

The vacancies that will be offered at the Dubai International Academic City (DIAC) annual career fair on February 28 and 29 will mostly be internship jobs, but according to Jobhunt, which is spearheading the event, there are thousands of other positions waiting for the right candidates.

The internship jobs are directed at fresh graduates and those looking to start a new career, switch employers or simply gain a new experience. Many of these positions will provide either allowances and stipends or monthly salaries. Some vacancies, however, are for training or gaining experience only.

The fair, which will start from 9am to 4pm at Dubai Knowledge Village, conference centre, seeks to provide a platform for employers to interact and discuss career opportunities with the students and attract the right talent.

''A majority of the opportunities [at the career fair] are aimed at internship and trainee level, with profiles for fresh graphic designers, trainee pharmacists, management trainee, graduate architects, media marketing interns and event promoters,'' Jaya Bhatia, managing director at Jobhunt HR and Management Consultancy.

Although some companies are still hiring, Bhatia said the job market is still experiencing a slowdown as a result of the oil slump.

However, she was quick to point out that the current employment challenges are not as worse as during the global economic recession.

''Today, the global job market is going through hard times, and the UAE's job market is facing tough competition. As an HR advisor in the UAE for the past 20 years, I have experienced the economic recession twice and this is nowhere close to the recession,'' Bhatia told Gulf News.

''However, the market is challenging. If we apply smart strategies, we can certainly overcome this temporary state of the market, after all we all are looking forward to 2020.''

''Due to a need for cutting costs as a result of this, we are witnessing layoffs and redundancy, but at the same time we have been able to curate 30,000 active jobs listed [online].''

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Source: Cleofe Maceda, Senior Web Reporter,