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Career fair helps students find first job

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Minister of Labor Ith Samheng at the National Career and Productivity Fair this weekend. Supplied

This year’s edition of the National Career and Productivity Fair, held at Koh Pich Exhibition and Convention Centre, saw 156 companies bring 20,000 job opportunities for students and job seekers, organisers said.

The event, organised by the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training in collaboration with the Union of Youth Federations of Phnom Penh and the Garment Manufacturers Association in Cambodia (GMAC), took place this weekend.

Minister of Labor Ith Samheng said participating companies included training institutes and private employment agencies, as well as firms in the banking, construction, hospitality, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors.

“It is becoming the largest annual event of the year attracting many young people and job seekers as well as those seeking information on the local labour market.

“All students and job seekers have the opportunity to find an employer, and get career counseling in a forum with famous speakers who are successful in their career,” Mr Samheng said.

GMAC chairman Van Sou Ieng said, “I hope the fair will provide plenty of opportunities for our job-seeking youths so they can gain access to decent jobs in accordance with their skills and competency.

“This event is also vital for our employers to disseminate information to job seekers so that they can recruit the right people for the right jobs, which is one of the key elements that can lead to better business and a sustainable rise in productivity,” Mr Sou Ieng said.

Im Sothearith, director of human resources at local conglomerate Chip Mong Group, said they received 1,000 applications in just a few hours.

“For undergraduates, this is a good opportunity to learn about companies they want to work for and expand their professional networks,” Mr Sothearith said.

Inn Somaly, senior officer at the human resources department of Sovannaphum Life Insurance Plc, said, “This event not only helps students get jobs, but it is also good for networking, also among participating companies.”

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