Global Campus Job Festa took place at ECC Lee Sam Bong Hall on Sept. 3. Organized by Ewha Career Development Center and Financial Supervisory Service, the event aimed to enhance the understanding of the rapidly changing financial market and provide chances for students to pursue employment in global IT and media companies. It included an international conference on innovations by big-tech companies, job fairs with 40 global IT companies, lectures by major IT leaders, and financial artificial intelligence competitions.
For the first part of the event, the 2019 International Conference started under the subtitle, “Challenges to Future Finance.” Speakers from global companies gathered at ECC Theater to discuss financial innovation. Moderator Eunice Kim, financial global head of Amazon Web Service Scott Mullins, AP head of Bloomberg Taran Khera, Vice President of Facebook Tomer Barel, MD of Microsoft Connie Leung, and researcher of Financial Supervisory Service Choi Kwang-shin joined the event.
The second part of the event provided information on global IT companies as well as domestic and foreign financial companies. Students were able to consult with staffs of each booth without having to sign up for them beforehand.
The booths were categorized into three themes: finance, global IT, and venture and start-up companies. The finance section included booths from both domestic companies, such as KB Bank, NH Bank, Shinhan Bank, Woori Bank and international companies, such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch and ING Bank. Amazon Web Services, Bloomberg, KT, CJ ENM comprised the global IT section. The venture and start-up booths were organized with various companies such as SSocio Living, Libreidge, Dal.Komm Coffee and more.
Students search for future jobs at Global Job Festa
“It was such a good opportunity to ask questions about major companies that I thought were unapproachable,” said Son Ye-rim, a sophomore from the Department of English Language and Literature.
“I’ve just tried out a booth from KT telecom and had a first-hand experience with their new technology. Through detailed explanations at different booths, I was able to understand the companies better.”
As the booths were running, the second part of the International Conference started as well. Lectures were given by speakers such as, MBN anchor Kim Eun-hye, CEO of Blizzard Korea Jeon Dong-jin, Bloomberg Recruiting Manager Yonnie Yung, CEO of Carrie TV Park Chang-shin, and Microsoft director Jung Gyo-hwa. Speakers introduced their companies and shared their personal experiences.
However, some students expressed dissatisfaction over the inconvenience of the festival.
“Although I was looking forward to meeting the CEO of Blizzard Korea, I was really disappointed because I was notified on the spot that students weren’t allowed in the conference hall,” said Park Hye-min, a sophomore from the Department of English Language and Literature. “Even though the conference was aired live in front of Samsung Hall, the sound was too quiet for us to hear.”
Aside from the technical difficulties, the event fulfilled its goal of sharing real life examples of future finance and fintech innovation. It provided a chance where global companies could look for future human resources and students to understand financial innovation and find out about various jobs.