For the first time, the NU Career and Advising Center held an online forum on the topic “Interaction between employers and universities”. The event brought together representatives of university career centers, employers, as well as specialists in the field of career development and planning. The participants discussed topical issues related to the interaction between the country’s higher educational institutions and employers, including in the context of a pandemic and quarantine.
The forum was attended by 110 people, including colleagues from the career centers of Russian universities. In addition, various companies’ HR specialists spoke to the participants.
Vasilios Turassis, Vice-Provost for Industry Relations at Nazarbayev University, addressing the forum, noted that he considers career centers “as educators providing resources, connections, and insight to help our students determine and pursue their professional aspirations”.
During the forum, colleagues from KIMEP University and South Kazakhstan State University named after M. Auezov shared their experience of interacting with employers and also talked about the challenges and problems they faced during the pandemic. Partners of IQ Solutions Centers, ERG, Samruk-Kazyna Corporate University, Microsoft Kazakhstan, and Kazatomprom spoke about their programs and principles of working with universities, as well as shared forecasts and recommendations.
Also during the forum, the Asia-Pacific Career Development Association shared new trends in the work of career centers and measures taken in response to the pandemic in the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. As Gulnur Ismail-Isparova, executive director of the association, noted, “none of us, not one organization, not one association were 100% ready for the pandemic and what it would bring for us.” Discussing the relationship between universities and employers in modern conditions, she stressed that “the success of a university is assessed by the success of its graduates, by what percentage and how many are successfully employed. In these conditions, the role of career centers should be modified, the powers should be expanded. Career consultants should work closely with Deans, Schools”.
Daulet Argandykov, President of the Human Resources Development Center, spoke about measures to promote employment taken by the state, as well as about current trends in the labor market in Kazakhstan.