Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center launched a first-of-its kind career expo focusing on the development sector.
Held on Saturday at SKS Tower in Mohakhali in the city, over 500 registered participants, 20 participating employer organisations, and 20 youth engagement and club partners attended the event.
The expo aimed to link graduating students, fresh graduates, and young professionals aspiring to build their career in the development sector with experts and professionals working in this field.
Speakers at the opening ceremony of the career expo urged students to work on their skills to increase their scope of employability in the job market and work for sustainable development.
Director General of the NGO Affairs Bureau, KM Tariqul Islam said Bangladesh is fortunate to have a large youth demographic. “We need to make the effort to train them with relevant 21st century skills that will help them compete on a global level and connect them with the right employers who can make best use of their skill sets.”
He further appreciated BYLC’s efforts to instill professional development skills in youth while linking them to employment opportunities.
“Commitment to nation building, equality, honesty, and self-confidence; youth of Bangladesh need all of this to ensure that they effectively lead the movement for SDG implementation,” said Rasheda K. Choudhury, Executive Director of the Campaign for Popular Education.
BYLC aims to host career expos with the private sector and government institutes in the future, said Tahsinah Ahmed, Executive Director of BYLC.
“Along with skills, youth need to be instilled with values that can help them realize the dream of a golden Bangladesh envisioned by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. BYLC will continue to work with and for youth to equip them with leadership, professional, and entrepreneurial skills that will enable them to work with integrity and have high impact in public, private, and civil sectors,” she said.
Till date, BYLC’s Office of Professional Development, launched in 2016, has trained around 4,607 and placed around 1,650 in employment opportunities.
Earlier, the participants paid homage to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman ahead of the national mourning day.