In April, the Department for Student Affairs traditionally organized several events, one after another, at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. First, on April 10, Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute held an Open Day event KPIAbitFest for future students and their parents. Then, on April 12-16, the University had a Career Fair “beAhead. Spring 2021”. The Fair is for students and graduates who want to determine the future workplace.
For obvious reasons, the Career Fair was held online again. The online event has been worked out in many terms. Still, there were also the latest schemes of conveying information and interaction with the youth audience.
At the beginning of the Open Days, Deputy Chairman of the University Admission Committee Valerii Mozharovskyi told everyone how to enter Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute in 2021. He also answered many questions from the viewers. Olga Demydenko, Head of Academic Mobility Office of the Department for Student Affairs, told about the opportunities open up for students at Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute. Director of the Dormitory Campus Oleksandr Ishchenko spoke about the living conditions in the dormitories. Deputy Head of the Department of Military Training, Reservist Colonel, Volodymyr Dubinin, informed how to enter the Department of Military Training. In the end, a student of the Faculty of Heat and Power Engineering, Daryna Fedorets, and a student of the Faculty of Informatics and Computer Science, Sviatoslav Pushyk, shared their experience of student life. According to the DSA, 250 people were online. In total, the video had more than 1,900 views. You can watch the first part of the KPIAbitFest at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITNt-9-OUmE.
Then, the Open Day continued with zoom meetings with representatives of all faculties/institutes. More than 500 entrants joined in the zoom events.
The Career Fair “beAhead. Spring 2021” has lasted online for five days. The Job Fair enjoyed an updated site with easy navigation and meaningful content. Just make sure and go to the site: https://careerfair.kpi.ua. Before the event, the organizers informed users about its features, participants, schedule of certain events.
This year, 39 companies have taken part in the career fair. Most companies are reliable partners of the University and have participated in such an event more than once. 35% of companies appeared at our Fair for the first time...
All comers could visit all or the most compelling companies presented in the block of virtual tours.
The block “Webinars and training from companies” encouraged the audience to find out how to put the knowledge and skills into practice, communicate with representatives of companies in real-time, and ask them questions. The webinar of Ernst & Young (EY) was on the topic “Consulting in information technology and risk management”. CRH offered “Internship program 2021-2022 for students and graduates of CRH Ukraine”. HLR provided training “How to develop in the profession, make good money from the first job”, etc. A total of 1,034 listeners took part in these webinars. 75% of students registered for the webinars are students from the first to the third year of study; the rest were graduate students, postgraduate students, and teachers.
In the third block, “Express interview with HR-manager”, visitors chose the company and date of the interview. The companies offered more than 80 vacancies for students, organized interviews with students to test their knowledge.
“Interactives from companies” included 16 quizzes and lotteries of professional prizes from participating companies. Taking part in them, you could test your knowledge and get a memorable gift from the company in case of victory. The competition enjoyed success among visitors.
Both the companies and visitors were active in all blocks, so the Career Fair lasted longer than planned five days.
And last but not least became the online round table “Remote Work and Distance Learning: Experience, Challenges, Career Opportunities” on April 21. A total of more than 50 participants attended the meeting. They were representatives of 20 companies, Career Centers of Ukrainian Universities (Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, V. N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, Kyiv National Economic University named after Vadym Hetman), Vice-Rector for Student Affairs Natalia Seminska, department heads and employees of the Centre for Career Development, coordinators promoting employment at faculties/institutes and representatives of the student body of the University. They discussed several issues: things that have changed and remained unchanged in the process of recruitment in remote work; employee skills and personal qualities that came to the fore in 2020-2021; use of modern technologies in personnel selection: advantages, disadvantages, work with candidates; organization of the educational process at the University, and the involvement of partner companies in distance learning.
Another important and helpful element of career guidance for both entrants and students of our University was the test mode launch of the catalog “Career Guide” on the website of the Centre for Career Development.