2016 – An Eventful year for the IBA Career Development Centre
IBA CDC was established with the aim of developing and sustaining long-term relationships with employer organizations in corporate & social, public and private sectors, so as to provide maximum opportunities for personal and professional development to its student body and alumni. Considering that the graduating batch of 2016 is the largest pool of students ever in the history of IBA, 2016 was subsequently perhaps the most eventful and packed year at IBA CDC since its inception.
As a result of these increased numbers of the graduating class, as well as the junior year students, Career Development Centre stayed busy up to the neck throughout the first half of 2016 – companies visited for recruitment purposes, the biggest and most effective Career Fair to date was organized, students sought counselling and advice, while the junior year students looked for the best internship opportunities to gain corporate experience.
This year, a major chunk of CDC's time and efforts went into facilitating on-campus recruitment activities for employer organizations, providing them on-ground support as well as post-event support with the recruitment process. More than 55 organizations visited IBA from across industries seeking to hire exceptional Management Trainees and/or interns, and almost each one conducted a preliminary information session / recruitment drive with dedicated logistical support from the CDC.
On-Campus recruitment drive is a focused activity that allows companies to interact with the student body and screen suitable, fresh, young and dynamic candidates as potential employees at their organizations. For the graduating student, it serves as a platform to acquaint himself with various organizations and avail an opportunity to be recruited in some of the best & reputed firms nationwide and worldwide. These recruitment activities also assist the junior year students to explore their options in the corporate sector through internships and helps them in acquiring/honing the practical skills essential for the job market. Thus, all in all, on-campus recruitment activities are a mutually beneficial (and the most effective, targeted) solution for the student's search for opportunities and the organization's search for the right entry-level employee.
Keeping in view its main focus of building long-term relationship with corporate, social and public sector organizations, in 2016, IBA Career Development Centre facilitated more than 55 renowned companies with their on-campus recruitment activities, from conducting information sessions and recruitment tests all the way up to assisting the employer organizations with candidate interviews and assessment centers.
This year, CDC had a challenge of creating potential opportunities for almost 750 graduating students and around 850 junior year students across different academic programs. This is the largest pool of students and graduating batch in the history of IBA. CDC kicked off its recruitment drive season from January which concluded by the end of May 2016. Most of companies visited since then have conducted their orientation sessions covering their company's introduction, MT & Internship Program application process followed by Questions & Answers (Q&A). Few companies also conducted their assessment centers, focus group sessions and one-to-one interviews as part of their recruitment process.
Many companies from different industries visited IBA, including some of the prominent names in the industry such as Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Shell, Engro Corp, GSK, HBL, Mitsubishi Corporation, K-Electric, Bank Alfalah, ICI Pakistan, Reckitt Benckiser, Service Sales Corporation, Mobilink, Indus Motors, Philips Pakistan, TRG, etc. As a result of facilitating these recruitment activities as well as through cordial relationships with potential employers, CDC was able to create potential opportunities of 500 MT level and more than 400 Internships for the IBA student body (senior and junior year students).
CDC hopes to continue making great strides to ensure that our talented students get recognized by the best local as well as international recruiters. In the long journey ahead, IBA CDC hopes to serve as a cornerstone to pave path for the future of its graduates that prepares them to tackle the complex challenges faced by the world today and in the years to come.