IBCM Career Day 2016: Linking students with local businesses

Wednesday 14th December 2016

International Business College Mitrovica (IBCM) hosted their third and biggest ever Career Day. Organised by the IBCM Career Centre, IBCM Career Day connects students and alumni with local businesses and organisations.

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IBCM students complete full-time internships as a mandatory part of their studies, putting the theory they learn in the classroom in to practice, so the IBCM career day is a great chance for them to secure a placement or practice their networking skills. The event also provides an excellent opportunity for businesses and organisations to connect with skilled local talent.

The main hallway of IBCM’s brand new south campus was filled with stands, and there was a real buzz as young people built their professional networks and learned about opportunities in both north and south Mitrovica. Ten private sector organisations, three banks, seventeen NGOs, two international organizations, and four public sector organisations were represented at the event. Students even had the chance to chat to a successful entrepreneur in the UK via skype.

IBCM students were able to prepare for their meetings with potential employers at a Career Guidance session before the main fair. Using the Unlocking Youth Potential Toolkit (a career development guide written using expert advice from the 2016 Mitrovica Innovations Youth Conference), participants identified their goals, analysed their skills, perfected their “elevator pitch”, and got a chance to work on their CV.

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Milija Milic, from Restoran Zavičaj, was very impressed with the students: “They are very hardworking, very creative young people. I really admire them”. Lilijana Drazevic, from NGO Inspiration, agreed. “The students are advanced, hardworking, kind and ready for co-operation”.

Muhamet Gjoka, the representative from IPKO, also said that he had a very positive of IBCM students from the career day: “The communication was really at a great level”. Mirjeta Bejtullahu from KEP Trust added: “The students were very interesting. I hope that some of them will consider joining us”.

Charlene Miller, Director of IBCM, said:IBCM has the revitalisation of the local economy at the core of its mission. Events like the IBCM Career Day are both exciting and inspiring: there is so much untapped potential, and at IBCM, we are confident that our graduates are some of the most employable in the region. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all of the businesses and organisations who participated for their contribution to this event, and to the IBCM Career Centre team who worked hard to make it possible”.

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