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Russian Universities will Help Place 60,000 Students in Summer Jobs, Says Minister for Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov

May 21, 2020

Russia's Minister for Science and Higher Education Valery Falkov has said that Russian universities are going to place a total of 60,000 students in summertime jobs. He was speaking at a meeting called by President Vladimir Putin on May 21 to review how the country's education system was coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

In the meantime, Project 5-100 universities are hosting a variety of online student employment events, such as career days, business lunches and master classes with top companies' hiring managers.

Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) has worked together with its partners to launch The Career Guide, a series of online talks designed to give students a clearer idea of their labor market opportunities and more information about their prospective regional employers, while teaching them how to write CVs, behave in job interviews and develop leadership skills. In addition, students can now search for a job or internship in a database of some 700 vacancies compiled by one of FEFU's partners, the Far East & Arctic Human Capital Development Agency.

Student job fairs have also moved online. Novosibirsk State University (NSU) used the Facultetus digital platform to hold its annual spring Career Days, which attracted 89 companies and more than 680 students. Following the Career Marathon at National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) that featured the university's employer partners from each of its four campuses, students received more than 450 interview invitations.

On May 21, Ural Federal University (UrFU) students attended master classes with managers and HR department employees of Russian and international companies. They also learned about existing job and internship openings. For an online career event to be hosted by the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) on June 4-6, the Russian Quantum Center, several major financial institutions, including Sberbank, VTB and DOM.RF, and other partner organizations have undertaken to come up with a selection of jobs best matched to MIPT students' expertise. The partners will also administer online tests, talk about career prospects, etc. Tomsk State University (TSU) has recently run a number of webinars which saw professionals from telecoms operator MegaFon, telecoms equipment manufacturer Micran and Home Credit Bank advise students on how to make a successful labor market entry.

International companies are also wooing Russian student talent. China's Hengxin Technology, a leading manufacturer of RF coaxial cables, has held a master class for those majoring in Chinese Language and Culture Studies at RUDN University to tell them what internships and careers are available to foreign nationals in China and what is expected of them in the workplace and in everyday life. The company is looking to hire translators/interpreters and Chinese-proficient holders of degrees in International Trade.

During an online lunch with employees from the Novosibirsk office of the global professional services firm Ernst & Young, TSU students were given tips about how to get a job with the company noted for its strong work-from-home culture.

In addition to regular employment, companies are offering paid remote internships. Thus, Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU) students have a chance to complete two to six month long internships in 14 areas, such as design and development, testing, analysis, AI, finances, marketing and PR, with various units of Russian telecoms operator MTS, including those based outside the university's home city of Tomsk.

 Project 5-100 institutions are helping students launch a rewarding career despite lockdown. Moreover, they have set up databases of university positions open to their students and are increasingly acting as their employers.