After the experience at the Sharjah career fair, I had hoped to see improvement at the Dubai fair, which was many many times larger than any career fair that had taken place thus far.
It was bitter.
Let me give you a little story:
I went to Procter and Gamble playing the role of obnoxious, rascist local in search of an internship ( I was actually there to test their mettle)
Two ppl at the stand: an eygptian lady, making herself out to be a local, and a half - local girl who was far too sparkly to be at a career fair. (NOTE: This isnt word for word, but rather a summary of the juicy bits)
Me: What makes you better than unilever?
Them: We are #1! (with a smile)
Me: So how many locals do you have working there?
Them: not many... but Sparkle girl is local. But shes an intern.
Me: (To sparkle girl) Yourean intern... Doesnt count, Im wondering about employees.
Me ---> I kept this attitude up, much to eygpt girl's chagrine... I could almost pinpoint the moment she went defensive. Sparkle girl to her credit stayed cool.
Me: So if I were to have an internship with you guys, what will I go through?
Eygpt: Well first we would have to see how you qualify, then we would see.
Me: Well the thing is, I was already accepted for an internship by you people last summer... I passed your exam, along with 15 other guys... You never got back to us.
Eygpt: oh yeah,,, In June.
Me ---> At this point I chose to stay silent than to verbally chop her to pieces, and gave her my resume.
Her: Oh yeah, I remember you
Me ---> Still holding my tongue.
Her: ok then, just send me an email with your phone number, and details...
Me: ( in absolute shock at her stupidity) I just gave you my resume.
Her ---> excuse about having so many resumes that she would forget our pleasant conversation.
Much of the career fair was spent in this fashion, but there was a shining moment: At Unilever, the "#2", I was downright rude with the lady there, and she didnt flinch. Her behaviour was quite simply top - notch, with my rascist questions being answered with tactfulness and a smile ( I wont post the conversation, email me for more on that)
Only 3 other things need to be mentioned, the competition between the etisalat and Du stands was apparent. In my opinion, Du won since Etisalat tried throwing its weight around by having some of the khaleej cup players at the stand, while Du had good old-fashioned quality workers at its stand.
General Electric also did well under a grilling by me, despite only having ONE person at the stand (compared to the 8 at ABN - AMRO)
Nakheel had a tiny hole - in - the wall stand, especially considering emaar came out full force. And the design of that stand, and all the other next to it (including Jebel Ali freezone @ Gulfpearl) was terrible do to the flimsy plastic - panel floors with what I believed was broken glass under them... It was downright freaky walking there.
So... Thats my review of the fair... Disappointing overall despite the bright spots.
Stone Sour - 30/30 150