Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) hosted the second BYLC Career Fair at Bangabandhu International Convention Center today.
Organized by BYLC’s Office of Professional Development, which is supported by the Aga Khan Foundation (Bangladesh) and the Rizwan Adatia Foundation, the fair brought together 300 BYLC graduates and 30 leading private and nonprofit sector employers, who are looking to recruit talented young people for entry level jobs.
While inaugurating the event, Leoni Cuelenaere, the Dutch Ambassador to Bangladesh, said, “Not only is BYLC doing a remarkable job in instilling in youth critical thinking and leadership skills, it is also creating economic opportunities by facilitating important connections between employers and job seekers.”
HR representatives from participating organizations spoke to BYLC graduates throughout the day, assessed their resume, and took on-the-spot interviews of suitable candidates.
The fair also featured two panels on preparing for the world of work and making informed career choices, where Renata CEO Kaiser Kabir, Manusher Jonno Foundation Executive Director Shaheen Anam, Dhaka Bank CEO Mahbubur Rahman, BYLC Board Member Pial Islam, Praava Health Founder, Managing Director, & CEO Sylvana Q. Sinha, Esq., and Berger CEO Rupali Chowdhury spoke.
The discussions were moderated by BYLC Chairperson Akhter Matin Chaudhury and BYLC President Ejaj Ahmad.
BYLC also launched ConnectEd, the organization’s latest initiative, which provides an online networking and recruiting platform for BYLC graduates and employers. In addition to matching the right candidate with the right job, ConnectEd will also give access to online learning opportunities for youth.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, BYLC President Ejaj Ahmad said, “Using a three-pronged approach—professional skills development training, placement opportunities, and online professional matchmaking and learning services—the OPD contributes to improving the livelihood of youth, who have already received leadership education at BYLC.”
“A recent World Bank study showed that out of 2 million youth who enter the job market every year, only 500,000 have adequate skills.”
“BYLC is trying to fill is gap by bringing to market youth with prior training on leadership, communication, critical thinking and professional development,” said BYLC Chairperson Akhter Matin Chaudhury in his remarks.
The companies at the BYLC Career Fair included Ispahani Group, DIRD Group, Unilever Bangladesh Ltd., Green Delta Insurance Ltd., Renata Ltd., Rahimafrooz Solar, Dhaka Bank Ltd., Ananta Group, Zero Gravity Ventures Ltd., Paragon Group, Abdul Monem Ltd., Service Engine BPO, Sajida Foundation, EducationUSA, British Council Bangladesh, Jaago Foundation, DAAD/German Embassy, New Asia Group, BRAC, ACI Ltd., United Commercial Bank Ltd., Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Praava Health, Standard Chartered Bank, Aaamra Networks Ltd., Acme Laboratories Ltd., Rahman Rahman Huq/KPMG, Portonics Ltd., and Apex Footwear Ltd.