Thursday 24 November saw a bumper attendance at the Lebanese Muslim Association’s Career Expo in Sydney, held at the LMA’s Lakemba headquarters next to the iconic Imam Ali Bin Abi Talib Masjid (Lakemba Mosque).
This year’s event saw the LMA collaborate with 24 businesses and educational and training organisations as exhibitors, including the Australasian Muslim Times AMUST as the event’s media partner.
Career Expos are important as they provide students and other jobseekers the chance to gain insights into the profession(s) they may be considering and also give them the opportunity to practice their interpersonal skills through networking with potential employers.
The event followed closely on the heels of the LMA’s highly successful National Mosque Open Day held on Saturday 29 October which attracted huge crowds to Lakemba Mosque and other participating masjids last month.
The Expo hosted hundreds of students including large numbers from Belmore and Punchbowl Boys High Schools, Miller Technology and Lurnea High Schools, Bankstown Seniors College and other college and tertiary students and jobseekers.
Photography and makeup workshops (the latter provided by Ministry of Beaute by Ghada Nour) were held, while it was a real coup for the LMA to have world renown nutritionist Moodi Dennaoui on board to run a two-session wellness forum.
Known throughout the fitness industry as ‘The Diet Doctor’, the charismatic Dennaoui had his youthful audiences captivated by his presentations.
Bilal El-Hayek, Deputy Mayor of the City of Canterbury Bankstown, was the Expo’s Master of Ceremonies and handled proceedings with his usual aplomb.
“The LMA is very fortunate that we can call upon gentlemen like Moodi and Bilal to assist us with major events – they are both true friends of our organisation,” Chief Program Officer Bronwyn Hadife said.
“The event was an overwhelming success and we thank all of the organisations who partnered with us – the schools and colleges, the businesses, training and educational organisations and of course of the sponsors (the Ministry of Beaute by Ghada Nour, Moment Weddings, Al Aseel restaurants and The Last Slice pizza restaurant).”
“We were also delighted to have AMUST on board as our media partner; they have been fantastic to us in promoting our recent major events and we look forward to a long, ongoing association with the AMUST team.
“A strong relationship between the LMA and the media outlet which has become the voice of Australia’s diverse Muslim community is vital.”
Editor-In-Chief Zia Ahmad, who represented AMUST at the Career Expo, said: “We are proud to partner with organisations like the LMA in these kind of events, which benefit the entire multicultural community.
“AMUST sees it as our duty to provide advice, direction and opportunities to the next generation of talented community members who are full of such great potential.”