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iFair adds to NTU’s annual Career Fair — the largest by any varsity here with 175 employers offering 4,500 jobs

This year, students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) can hunt for a job and attend job interviews, without leaving the comfort of their home or hostel room. The NTU Career Fair 2011 goes one step further this year with the first Virtual Career Fair, called the NTU iFair.

Besides the NTU iFair, the physical Career Fair also marks the biggest number of employers taking part at a job fair in a Singapore university – with a record of 175 companies.

The first of its kind for varsity students, the NTU iFair allows NTU’s undergraduates and graduate students to walk around “virtually” such a fair, review job opportunities and drop-off their resumes. Students can even enter an employer’s booth and speak face-to-face with a recruiter as if in person, but from the comfort and convenience wherever they may be.

The fully interactive 3-D virtual fair opens up a new way for tech-savvy Generation-Y students to learn about internship and job opportunities, while giving employers a real-life experience of attending a career fair for a fraction of the cost. The NTU iFair was unveiled alongside the annual physical NTU Career Fair earlier today by Dr Amy Khor, Mayor of South West District and Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources.

NTU iFair 2011

NTU Career Fair 2011 – Singapore’s largest varsity career fair

This year, NTU has set a new record participation rate of 175 companies. This is a big jump from last year when NTU also organised the largest career fair which attracted 109 employers.

“The strong interest by employers each year in NTU’s Career Fair is proof of the relevance and value of an NTU education. NTU has set the record again this year, with 175 employers taking part in our Career Fair this year. The number of jobs has almost doubled to 4,500 jobs,” said Mr Loh Pui Wah, NTU’s Director of Career and Attachment Office.

About 15,000 students are expected to visit the two-day Career Fair, including this year’s graduating cohort of 5,000 students.

Mr Loh said, “The NTU Career Fair has traditionally been a two-day event for participating employers. However, as we had anticipated an increase in the number of employers wanting to take part in the fair, we have changed its format this year.

“Each employer participates in one day of the fair, allowing us to feature two different groups of employers over two days. This has resulted in 60 per cent more employers taking part, with 175 employers this year, compared to 109 employers in 2010. We have also extended the opening hours to 6.30pm, instead of 5.30pm, to give students more time to visit the fair.”

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