The 24th Job and Internship Fair at AUBG
The major career event on campus, the AUBG Job & Internship Fair, was hosted for the 24th time by the Career Center in the ABF Sports Hall on April 5. From well-known established companies such as Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, and IBM, to growing local and international companies like Coherent Labs and ScaleFocus, they all offered a diversity of positions for the students.
55 multinational companies, coming from various industries including Banking, Finance, IT, and Marketing, were present at this year’s Job Fair. From the IT sector, companies like Progress, Software Group, and Experian were represented. From the finance sector, some of the Big Four (Ernst & Young, KPMG, and Deloitte) were also present at the Job Fair. There were also companies from the TV and Entertainment industry such as FOX Networks Group.
“It suited very well the diversified community we live in here as students with different interest and professional inclinations could speak to corporate professionals from different realms and accumulate experience and enhance their view of the real working environment by such meetings,” explained Tihomir Dimitrov, a fourth-year students at AUBG.
About 100 AUBG students sent their CVs to the Career Center prior to the Job Fair. Some of the recruiters even contacted several candidates, who impressed them with their resumes, and requested to meet them for an interview. Those who did not send a CV beforehand, had the opportunity to do so at the event itself.
“This is the third year in which I visit the Job Fair event here in AUBG and I can observe and experience the enhanced organization and quality of the event, which has evolved throughout these last few years, “ said Dimitrov.
The company representatives, most of whom were AUBG alumni, met with students with the aim to present their opportunities for full-time, internship, or summer employment. Although some of the companies offered only full-time job positions, they were flexible and many of them were willing to organize internship positions for the students.
“I think it was very useful for me, even though I will not be holding a position in a company soon as I am planning to go to a Work and Travel program for the summer and will be finishing my studies in December. Still, some companies, having heard what I study and my interest in certain realms, were ready to offer me to send my application documents at the end of the year and I might be hired for an internship at the start of the next calendar year. This just comes to show how open-minded, flexible and willing they are to recruit young potential employees by accommodating their needs and preparing an offer that will suit each person individually,” explained Dimitrov.
Representatives from Progress, former Telerik, explained that they offer six month marketing and engineering internship programs as prior professional experience is not a requirement for them.
“We are looking for someone that has extracurricular activities, have different interests,” said Diana Tsvetkova, representative of the company.
Boyan Barnev, AUBG alumnus working in Progress, explained that for the basic skills that you need to do the job, the major of the candidate is important. “However, when it comes to whether the person would fit in the company spirit its really important that he/she has shown some interest in something apart than just the university curriculum,” he added.
Representatives from Trader.bg, an investment broker in Bulgaria, said that they are looking to accept ambitious and motivated people, who are modern and have a vision for perfection.
“We think that AUBG students are exactly that type we are looking for,” they explained.
“As a graduating senior I found it very useful to hear about what were the companies’ expectations and what will be the responsibilities at certain positions. In fact, prior coming to the Job Fair I did some research about the companies in which I am interested and I believe it worked well for me when talking to their representatives,” said Elisa Terzieva, fourth year student majoring in Business Administration.