17 March 2017
Bethlehem University Holds Annual Career Day
On Thursday, March 16, 2017, Bethlehem University organized its annual Career Day with the participation of more than thirty local private and public organizations with around sixty available job opportunities for senior students.
In his opening remarks, Brother Peter Bray, FSC, Vice Chancellor, thanked the Jordan Ahli Bank for sponsoring the event, and emphasized the importance of Career Day, not only for the students, but also for the community as a whole. In particular, he encouraged students “[to lay down their] roots locally, in order to help build a stronger and more unified Palestine."
Mr. Khaled Al-Ama BU ‘90, Jordan Ahli Bank Bethlehem branch Manager, expressed his pride in Bethlehem University commending its efforts of constantly developing its curriculum to meet the needs of the job market and, as a result, producing highly qualified graduates. He emphasized the bank’s role in supporting education as it is the first step towards the development of a society. This was not the first time Jordan Ahli Bank showed its commitment to University students. In 2014, Jordan Ahli Bank signed an agreement with the University in an effort to increase graduate employability by offering them internships across its West Bank branches.
Mr. Samer Salamah, Assistant Deputy Minister of Labor, praised the event for connecting qualified graduates to organizations with available job opportunities. He also stressed the importance of introducing a vocational training program in addition to the academic programs to give graduates better chances at finding employment thus reducing their need to search for jobs abroad.
Mr. Saher Khair, Career Guidance Coordinator, introduced two graduates who shared their experiences of beginning their careers after graduation. Shireen Odeh BU ’10, who is a Bank of Palestine employee, opened up about getting a job offer through the 2010 Career Day. She also mentioned that more than 80% of the Bank of Palestine employees are Bethlehem University graduates.
The second graduate, Mousa Omar Khalil BU ’12 landed his job at the PR Office at Palestine Ahliya University College through the employment program at Bethlehem University. He expressed his appreciation towards the University in assisting graduates in their pursuit of suitable employment.
In preparation for Career Day, the Counseling Office provided a CV Writing and Interview Skills workshop for senior students. The 2017 Career Day was a success, with students circulating their CVs to organizations and getting the opportunity to be interviewed by employers across a wide range of fields.