INCAE’s first 2019 Talent Fair was held on March 5 at Campus Walter Kissling Gam in Alajuela, Costa Rica. MBA students who will graduate next June interviewed with 32 MNCs and local companies searching for talent for immediate and future positions. Twenty-four students interviewed face-to-face and eight did so virtually, thus expanding the scope of this activity.
"INCAE’s Career Fair is a part of the employability program INCAE offers to its MBA students, which includes workshops, lectures, networking events, and job fairs, to link future graduates to companies interested in their talent," said Gloriana Cumming, Director of Career Development.
Students were very excited as this activity provides them with opportunities to explore job options after graduation. "This talent fair is a really valuable opportunity INCAE gives us to make us visible now that we are a few months away from receiving our master's degrees, with different majors that can give us great opportunities," said Cristina Arindia from Ecuador.
Juan Esteban Rojas from Costa Rica said, "I think it is excellent for INCAE to hold this fair as it allows us to learn how we are preparing for the current market. In addition, we enter in contact with different international companies which is very helpful to address what we need to improve and the markets we should be focusing on."
Guatemalan Ana Lucia Ruíz added, "I am very happy with this activity. I believe INCAE has helped us a lot to empower ourselves as future entrepreneurs. I also liked having workshops to prepare us for this event. I think this is a good opportunity for us to get to know and enter the labor market."
One hundred and fifty students from more than 10 countries in the Americas and with different academic backgrounds had pre-scheduled appointments with large employers including Microsoft, BAC Credomatic Regional, ASSA Seguros, Uber, Citi, Cementos Progreso, Walmart CAM, McKinsey, and COPA, among others, from different industries such as banking, insurance, technology, retail, hospitality, consulting and aviation.
The Fair was extremely rewarding for companies. "This fair gives us the opportunity to see talented young people from all over the region. I love INCAE student's profile and their ability to work under pressure," said Ileana Simosa from COPA Airlines.
Dayana Leiva from Kimberly Clark, added, "INCAE is always a strategic ally in attracting talent. We know that the study plans offered are always closely aligned to the profiles we are looking for as well as the experience given to students."
INCAE’s next talent fairs are scheduled for June-July in Guatemala, Peru, and Ecuador (Quito and Guayaquil), aimed at recent graduates in those countries and graduates from other classes looking for job opportunities.
In Costa Rica, the next talent fair will be held in September 2019 for students graduating in November. In addition to talent fairs, INCAE’s Career Services Office also offers a free employment portal where companies can post their vacancies.
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