What is it about?

The Alumni-Career Fair at the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU) was a highly anticipated event that brought together students, alumni, and industry professionals in the energy sector. The fair, organized by the ASOIU Student Chapter in collaboration with the university, aimed to provide attendees with a comprehensive understanding of various career options and valuable networking opportunities. The career fair took place on the ASOIU campus, providing a convenient location for all participants to gather and engage in meaningful discussions. The organizing committee, composed of dedicated student volunteers, meticulously planned and executed the event to ensure its success. Their efforts included inviting over 100 companies to participate, ranging from major players in the oil and gas industry like SOCAR, BP, SLB, Halliburton, and Weatherford, to state organizations involved in the local geophysical community such as AzerGold, Azerbaijan Railways, AzerEnergy, and AzerFloat. Throughout the fair, recruiters generously shared their expertise and experiences with attendees, offering valuable insights into the industry and the current job market. This allowed students to make informed decisions about their future careers. The fair provided a platform for attendees to interact with recruiters, learn about available job and internship opportunities, and gain insights into the activities offered by SEG (Society of Exploration Geophysicists). The Alumni-Career Fair at ASOIU proved to be a significant success, with more than 260 job opportunities and 280 internship opportunities presented to attendees. Over 1400 resumes were submitted and distributed to the appropriate recruiters by the end of the event, showcasing the enthusiasm and talent of ASOIU students. The fair also highlighted the benefits of being a member of SEG. Student chapter members actively encouraged students to get involved with SEG, both locally and internationally. They emphasized the advantages of membership, such as access to scholarships, outreach grants, SEG EVOLVE, field camps, and publications. Attendees were also made aware of the SEG Community on Slack, which serves as a valuable platform for career development and industry connections.

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Why is it important?

One unique aspect of the career fair organized by the SEG Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU) Student Chapter is its focus on the energy industry, specifically the oil and gas sector. Given Azerbaijan's rich reserves of oil and gas, this industry plays a crucial role in the country's economy. Therefore, a career fair dedicated to this sector provides a targeted platform for students and professionals to explore opportunities and gain insights into the local job market. The inclusion of major players in the oil and gas industry, such as SOCAR, BP, SLB, Halliburton, and Weatherford, adds further value to the event. These companies are internationally recognized and provide students with exposure to potential employers who have a significant presence in the industry. Additionally, the presence of representatives from state organizations involved in the local geophysical community, such as AzerGold, Azerbaijan Railways, AzerEnergy, and AzerFloat, showcases the breadth of career options available within the country. The career fair's emphasis on connecting attendees with recruiters and providing information on job and internship opportunities demonstrates its practical relevance. By facilitating interactions between students and industry professionals, the event enhances networking opportunities and increases the likelihood of future employment prospects. Furthermore, the involvement of the SEG student chapter members and their promotion of SEG's benefits adds a valuable dimension to the career fair. By highlighting access to scholarships, outreach grants, SEG EVOLVE, field camps, publications, and the SEG Community on Slack, students are made aware of the various resources and support available to them for career development and industry connections.

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As one of the organizers of the career fair, I am incredibly proud of the successful outcome of the event. It was a culmination of months of hard work and dedication from the organizing committee, and seeing it come to fruition was truly rewarding. From the initial planning stages to the execution of the event, our main goal was to provide a valuable platform for students, alumni, and industry professionals to connect and explore career opportunities in the energy industry. The collaboration between the SEG ASOIU Student Chapter and the host university was instrumental in creating a seamless and enriching experience for all attendees. One of the key highlights of the career fair was the extensive invitation list, which included over 100 companies. We made sure to invite major players in the oil and gas industry, such as SOCAR, BP, SLB, Halliburton, and Weatherford, as well as representatives from state organizations involved in the local geophysical community. This diverse representation ensured that attendees had access to a wide range of potential employers and career paths. Our efforts to attract recruiters paid off, as evidenced by the positive feedback and active participation from industry professionals. They generously shared their expertise, provided insights into the current job market, and showcased the available job and internship opportunities. This interaction was invaluable for students, as it allowed them to gain a deeper understanding of the industry and make informed decisions about their future careers. We also wanted to emphasize the benefits of being a member of SEG, both locally and internationally. By highlighting access to scholarships, outreach grants, SEG EVOLVE, field camps, publications, and the SEG Community on Slack, we aimed to encourage students to engage with SEG and take advantage of the resources available to them. The turnout at the career fair exceeded our expectations, with over 1400 resumes submitted and distributed to the appropriate recruiters. This overwhelming response not only demonstrated the enthusiasm and preparedness of the attendees but also validated our efforts in organizing an event that catered to their needs.

Javid Aliyev
Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University

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This page is a summary of: Student Zone: Student chapter highlights opportunities by hosting a career fair, The Leading Edge, June 2023, Society of Exploration Geophysicists, DOI: 10.1190/tle42060435.1.
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