Tremendous opportunities waiting for returning students

London: A dinner was hosted by the High Commission for Pakistan, UK, to welcome a delegation comprising human resource and recruitment managers from leading companies in Pakistan. The ‘employers’ initiative’ entails visiting campuses across UK to tap talent among Pakistani students studying in the British universities. It is supported by the British Council and UK Trade and Investment. During their visit, the delegation will organize job fairs and road shows at leading British universities including Manchester University, Warwick University and Brunel University.

The corporate leaders of Pakistan tell Pakistani graduates completing their degrees from the UK universities to come back to Pakistan and avail tremendous career opportunities there. They were talking at British Council Networking Dinner held at the Pakistan High Commission London last night. The British Council and UK Trade and Investment collaborated with Pakistan High Commission for this event to express their support for the British Council’s “Corporate Initiative”. This initiative is a joint undertaking by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the British Council to bridge the gap between Pakistani students studying in the UK and potential employers in Pakistan. The initiative brings Pakistani students in the UK universities closer to potential employers in Pakistan as well as providing a platform for British and Pakistani businesses to network and build stronger trade ties. It also endeavours to tackle challenges related to employability of UK graduates and to control the brain drain from Pakistan.

Under this Corporate Initiative, employers’ fairs are being organized at Brunel University, University of Manchester and University of Warwick where a considerable number of Pakistani students are enrolled.

The aim and objectives of these fairs were to attract Pakistani student’s studying in the UK to return to Pakistan and work there; and collaborate those who are working to help stem the brain drain and attract Pakistani students to go back.

In his opening remarks Pakistan High Commissioner for UK Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan lauded the efforts of British Council and the UKTI for organizing Corporate Initiative Employers’ Fair 2014. He said: “There are more than 10, 000 Pakistani students studying in the UK currently. This large crop of talented and accomplished youth will be anxious to join their working lives and put their first foot on the ladder of their professional life. It is extremely important for my government to ensure that the youth of Pakistan are encouraged into jobs and given opportunities to join the economic cycle of Pakistan.”

Other speakers included Ms. Fatima Asad Khan, Director, Abacus Consulting Technology (Pvt) Ltd and Jahangir Paracha, Engro Corporation. The other companies represented at the event were, Sidat Hyder Morshed Associates (Pvt) Ltd, Engro Corporation (Ltd), Netsol, Lucky Cement, Mitchell’s Fruit Farms ltd., Seed Ventures, and Allied Bank ltd. Fifteen top employers from Pakistan attended the networking dinner. The event was well attended by members of Pakistani business community in the UK.

A registration portal has been developed by British Council where Pakistani students studying in the UK can upload their resume and credentials. This information will be shared with the corporate partners. The registered students will become a part of the database which companies will use for future recruitments.