To facilitate talent attraction and place 3 million young Nigerians in dignified employment in the next 5 years, leading recruitment agency, Jobberman hosted Nigeria’s largest Virtual Career Fair in partnership with MasterCard Foundation on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.
The virtual career fair which was held on the event management platform, Hubilo had in attendance over 7,000 Nigerians including top professionals across different industries in Nigeria. The fair opened with a welcome address from Hilda Kabushenga Kragha, Managing Director – ROAM Africa Jobs and a keynote speech from Chidinma Lawanson, Country Head – Nigeria, MasterCard Foundation. Chidinma welcomed the attendees and prepared their minds on what to expect at the fair. Shortly after the speech, attendees entered into panel sessions and masterclasses where job seekers had the opportunity to interact and learn from industry thought leaders on how to improve their chances of getting hired, transition into new roles and increase workplace productivity.
Participants were able to ask questions and interact with the speakers in a panel discussion format.
Some of the panellists include; Ukinedo Dare of Edo Jobs, Olawale Adetula of Helium Media, Bada Akintunde-Johnson of Viacom International, Lanre Masha of Trace TV, Preston and Yinka Adebayo of Media Reach.
Speaking about the vision of the fair, Hilda Kragha, Managing Director of ROAM Africa Jobs said, “Our vision is simple – to be Nigeria’s most user-centric and transparent career platform where we connect the right candidates with the right opportunities. With the current pandemic, one thing we have learnt is that businesses have to be brave and adaptable especially when looking for the right people. The training that the young people have gone through is what gives both employees and job seekers an edge in their various industries. Before this pandemic, we would have had this career fair in a large hall but today we get to experience the beauty of networking and learning from the comfort of our homes.”
She further urged the participants to make use of this opportunity to connect and network with as many employers as possible as it might be a life-changing experience.
“I strongly recommend that participants make use of this opportunity to connect with as many employers as possible. For some, this could be a life-changing day.” Said Hilda Kragha.
Job seekers had the opportunity to mingle with employers, as well as gain insight and expand their network. The fair also focused on educating attendees on how to navigate the increasingly competitive job space and provided the necessary tools to get hired. Other sessions at the fair included Employability Skills masterclasses and one-one interviews between candidates and employers.
Jobberman paid special attention to replicating an in-person experience for both recruiters and jobseekers as it provided good opportunities for job seekers to make connections through the networking lounge, learn about job opportunities directly from employers and be able to ask questions that you don’t normally find on Google search.
Some notable companies that had job listings at the fair include; EiE Nigeria, She Leads Africa, HiiT Plc, Reliance HMO, Mutual Benefits Assurance PLC, Leadway Assurance, Meritan Global, Lorrel Fashion and Verify Me Nigeria.