A Successful Wrap-up to the 1st Annual Career Day, 201724 October 2017, 12:00 am
The Career Development Office at Hellenic American College held its 1st Annual Career Day on September 20, 2017. The event, which took place at the Hellenic American Union theater (22 Massalias St.), was organized with the support of 16 companies and attracted more than 80 students and alumni/ae. As Provost Dr. Triant Flouris noted in his opening remarks, the Career Day is one of an ongoing series of events that the College organizes in partnership with representatives of the business world, and an example of the added value such cooperation can bring to both sides.
The participating firms represented a broad range of fields, from IT, banking, and insurance to translation and the food and beverage industry, and included: Aims International, Coca-Cola Hellas S.A., Eurobank, Evalion, Hellas Employee Assistance Programs, Kinnick Language schools, Mondelez, NN Hellas, Nobacco, Paspartu, Printec, Protera, Qualco και Randstad.
Moreover, representatives from the PRAKSIS Business Coaching Center which operates under PRAKSIS NGO and the innovative program of paid employment ReGeneration for young graduates were present.
The event was designed to give students and graduates the chance to meet with representatives of businesses in Greece and be briefed on career perspectives in the country and abroad. At the same time, the firms participating in the event were introduced to students at the College, who constitute a pool of potential candidates for recruitment. Students and graduates were able to visit the various corporate stands, where they submitted their resumes and were interviewed by company representatives.
Managers from Coca-Cola Hellas S.A., Qualco and Aims International spoke during the event about business opportunities in Greece and the kinds of skills students need to be developing to be competitive in today’s job market. A spokesperson for ReGeneration, an innovative program of paid employment for young graduates, presented opportunities for graduates. Melina Michalopoulou (BAELL ‘17), who was a beneficiary of the ReGeneration program in 2016, spoke of her experience with the innovative program, which combines training via workshops, job experience and community work. She noted that the program helped her start a professional career without having had prior work experience and explore fields such as communication and corporate branding, a field which were previously “unchartered territory” for her.
Feedback from participants has been positive. Company representatives said they enjoyed meeting the students and alumni and were open to organizing joint actions in the future.
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