London School of Management Education (LSME) organised its Career Fair 2018 on Tuesday, 30 October at its Cambrian House Campus in Gants Hill attended by the Mayor of Redbridge, Mayor Debbie Kaur-Thiara as the Chief Guest.
The Fair was successful in bringing together many employers representing the health and social care, nursing homes, hospitality industry, property development, automobile, architecture, designer furniture, recruitment agencies, educational institutes, entrepreneurs and others from the business sector and the students of LSME. Over a 150 participants, who attended had the benefit of learning from the employers about the job market expectations, the right skills and the correct approach to landing on their aspired jobs.
The eventwas arranged in three segments; the first part enabled the students to visit the stands of the Employers and discuss about their businesses, work and the opportunities. Then the Employers gathered for a Panel Discussion graced by Mayor Debbie Kaur-Thiara, who addressed the gathering. In her Speech, she expressed her happiness in witnessing the contribution and the efforts of LSME in making a difference in the lives of the people who are struggling to find job that would support their families or wishing to change their careers due to their circumstances. She encouraged the Employers present to work with LSME is creating a conducive environment for job seekers to acquire knowledge and skills to meet the expectations of the employers.
In providing an introduction to the Fair, Executive Director of the institute Dr Ravi Kumar explained the importance given by the government in ensuring the students leave with necessary knowledge and skills to be readily absorbed by the market. He highlighted the efforts of the institute in the transition of the students from learning to a meaningful career by engaging employers and other stakeholders in the process. He conveyed the commitment of LSME in providing as many opportunities as possible for the growth and development of its students.
Mr Hassan Shifau, Chief Research and Innovations Officer in his Remarks addressed the issue of the mismatch between the expectations of the job seeker and the employer. He emphasised on narrowing the gap by creating opportunities for students to familiarise themselves with the work environments and developing transferrable skills.
Employers representing the Panel had highly interactive session with the participants. The questions asked by the participants included queries about the expectation of the employers, the requirement of experience while they do not have any, the need for mentoring and other tacit skills demanded by the job market. The panel, with their pool of diverse and rich experience satisfied all the queries of the participants adequately. Following the Panel Discussion, the participants had one to one interactions with the Employers.
The participants and the employers who attended were very excited and highly motivated by the outcome of the event and expressed the need to have more of such engagements in the future. With the success and the positive feedback, LSME plans to provide more opportunities to its students, not only to excel in their studies but in their life as well.