Job fair opened students’ vistas on interning

Photo: Ota Blahoušek
Thursday 11 April 2024, 8:18 – Text: Šárka Chovancová

Interviews with potential employers are becoming more and more challenging. Participants of the job fair Window onto Interning (Okno do praxe), organised by the Faculty of Science together with the UP Career Centre, were able to try it out and get useful feedback. The 17th year of the fair offered presentations by individual employers, panel discussions, lectures, current trends, counselling, internships, part-time jobs, and a competition.

“I came to the fair because I want to arrange an internship for the holidays. I have my eye on a company where I can put what I have learned at school to good use. I am glad that the faculty organises this event because I have the opportunity to get acquainted with companies that I do not know at all,” said Barbora Hubálková, a second-year student of Applied Chemistry. Geography student Ondřej Procházka was also satisfied. “The event had it all, and the organisation was perfect. I appreciate the opportunity for individual career counselling.”

The fair also offered experts from various fields. Students could attend a lecture by Petr Podrazil, who presented important topics in the field of labour relations related to part-time jobs and first-time employment, and this year’s changes to the Labour Code. Petr Havril from the GrowJob company presented the influence of dopamine on the human body and advised how to avoid exhaustion, restlessness, and chronic fatigue. The panel discussion by co-founder of the Sloneek HR system Milan Rataj and lecturer Dita Palaščáková was dedicated to new and flexible forms of employment.

Representatives of the companies also told the participants what they can expect in the selection process, what the requirements for applicants are, and what problems graduates often face after starting a job. “We have noticed an interest in career counselling, CV consultations, and guiding students in planning their future. We also talked with employers about the possibility of publishing job offers and part-time jobs for students on our website,” summarised Jitka Mot'ková Janečková, coordinator of the UP Career Centre.

Thirty-five major employers from the region presented themselves at the 17th edition of this event. “My colleagues and I agreed that this year more students visited the fair than in previous years. The most frequent questions were about the technologies we work with, about internships in our company, and about working while studying,” said Aleš Rašt'ák, General Manager of ConfigAir.

The job fair was held at the Faculty of Science. Students could also take advantage of a photo booth, and fill out a questionnaire to win one of the prizes donated by employers.


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