Bridge Uniting Students with Companies, the "ITU Career Summit '17" Ends

Feb 28, 2017, 09:13
The ITU Career Center, which develops the cooperative culture of students working, organized the biggest university career activity in Asia and Europe, bringing together more than 100 companies from different sectors at the ITU Career Summit which was held February 20-23 on 4 campuses with the participation of 9 faculties. The event, which was organized at the Ayazağa, Gümüşsuyu, Maçka, and Taşkışla campuses under the theme of “Touch the Talent”, with the cooperation of 46 student groups operating in the university, also offered various internship and job opportunities for young people, and communicated qualitatively and effectively between companies and students again this year.

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The business world met with students.

This year’s summit at the Ayazağa campus, the fourth in a series, was opened by our rector Prof Dr Mehmet Karaca, followed by participation from ITU Career Center Chair Assoc. Prof. Dr. Salim Atay, Murat Sarpel, General Manager of R & D of Vestel, the main sponsor of the Summit, Arçelik Human Resources Manager Müge Özmeriç, Doğuş Construction Human Resources Coordinator Nihan Erkan, Ak-Taş Foreign Trade Board Member Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mustafa Tırıs, Şişecam Selection and Placement Manager Pınar Güler Suvari, TAI-TUSAŞ Human Resources President Cemal Şenyılmaz, Siemens Group Manager Serter Bekler, Çalık Energy Purchasing and Logistics Director Orhan Orhon, Eczacıbaşı Holding Human Resources Manager Başak İkiz and Mercedes-Benz Human Resources Manager Elif İçören.

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Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca: "The students are developing a work culture."

Our Rector, who made the opening speech of the event, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca, noted that the number of student communities participating in the event is gradually increasing since it started to be organized four years ago. Indicating that the number of students participating in the summit rose from 10 to 46 in four years, Dr. Karaca reminded everyone that the number of student clubs operating in our university has increased to 170 since his first term in office. Our Rector shared his views on the IKZ'17 with the following words: "We aim to increase the number of student clubs at least two-fold. Because I see that the culture of working together among our students is extremely high. You will see throughout the year how well they work. Because of the ITU Career Summit's mutual learning process, both companies and students are developing the process of learning how to organize events and find jobs."

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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Salim Atay: "We conducted an employment index survey"

Another name attending the summit, ITU Career Center President Assoc. Prof. Dr. Salim Atay, stated that with the participation of 46 student clubs this year the support usually received from human resources experts from the participating companies was also received from our students. Dr. Atay said that the student communities that participated in the summit received an important initiative, adding that for the first time this year, the "employment index" survey was conducted to understand what our students are doing after graduation. Thanks to the index, it will be possible to determine what percent of our graduates have started to work, from which department of which faculty students found jobs, and which subjects were challenging for which faculties.

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Various events were held for participants such as appraisal center applications, presentations, tea time interviews establishing professional contacts, internships and job interviews within the Summit’s "Touch the Talent" activities provided by the participating companies with many jobs and internships. The event which required booking an appointment using the Career and Talent Management System (KAYS) featured strong and well-known companies from different sectors, from automotive to energy, from ready-wear clothing to informatics, and from electronics to transport.

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In addition to Vestel, which was the main sponsor of the Summit, the Rector Prof. Dr. Mehmet Karaca also presented silver ITU bee badges to divisional sponsors including Arçelik A.Ş. Human Resources Manager Müge Özmeriç, Mercedes-Benz Human Resources Manager Elif İçören and TAI-TUSAŞ Human Resources Manager Beste Arısoy.