NMB Bank over the weekend hosted a one-of-a-kind career expo that brought together hundreds of university students from Dar es Salaam region geared towards providing students with skills to delve into the professional world.
The two-day expo held under the theme “Go na NMB Usiachwe” literally meaning ‘Go with NMB don’t be left behind’ also showcased available employment and sponsorship opportunities for university students at the bank and gave participants tips to enhance their competiveness in the job market.
Speaking during the opening of the career Fair held at the University of Dar es Salaam, the NMB Bank Chief Internal Auditor Benedicto Baragomwa reiterated his bank’s commitment to supporting human resource development across the country adding that the bank will make use of every opportunity that it gets to extend support to Tanzania nationals seeking career development and training opportunities.
“NMB Bank attaches great importance especially to human resources development that is why we have organized this Career Expo. As the leading bank in Tanzania, this event is testament to our continuous commitment towards this country and our efforts to build a pipeline of future industry leaders,” Baragomwa said.
He added, “NMB has always taken the lead in creating rewarding career opportunities for promising Tanzanian students by offering field attachment and practical training opportunities. As a bank, we are set to provide sponsorship opportunities to university students through its fully funded Nuru Yangu Sponsorship programme,”
He noted that the bank’s Graduate Trainee Programme has helped to nurture fresh and promising university students into managerial roles.
“I must admit that personally am one of the beneficiaries of the NMB Graduate proramme. I joined the bank as manager and at the age of below 40 years, I have been able to rise to the chief position which is an executive committee position. Am a beneficiary and witness of the programme and it really works,” he added.
Baragomwa urged university students to stay focused, follow their passion adding that there was a need for students to prepare themselves to face the realities of life.
“You should not compromise your integrity as it is a big success factor. If your integrity is questionable then that is a problem. You also need to be performance based and always strive to be different from peers. The world today is survival for the finest. Stick to personal development and develop some soft skills as this will give you an added advantage in the labour market,” Baragomwa added.
The University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) Director of Planning, Development and Investment (DPDI) Dr. Siasa Mzenzi who officiated as Chief Guest during the Career Expo commended the bank’s management for choosing UDSM as a venue for the Career Fair.
“This Career Expo compliments Teaching and Learning. Universities offer the theories but this is not enough for students wishing to join the labour market after graduating. This is a very big opportunity that should not be taken lightly,” Dr. Msenzi said.
He urged university students to develop a vision for their careers adding that good GPAs alone cannot guarantee positions in today’s job market.
“There are graduates with GPAs of 4.8 but still roaming the streets. As university students you need to grab all available opportunities while still at the university. You don’t have to necessarily wait until graduating,” he said.
He noted that the UDSM is set to undertake a curriculum review that will help address the shortfalls in Tanzania’s labour market.
Earlier the UDSM Vice President Benardetha Massawe during the event noted that Tanzanian youths have a big role to play in the country’s economic development process.