The first jobfair in the metaverse took place in Kazakhstan

A total of 100 students and 10 companies participated in the first virtual job fair. The platform was organized by Astana Hub and Vardix. All registered participants were granted access to the platform.

"The platform initially started as an internal tool, but then we decided to share it with the world. What users saw at the job fair is only a small part of the functionality that the platform offers. We plan to expand it and add new features for conducting larger-scale events in the virtual universe. Overall, the preparation for the job fair took approximately 2-3 weeks, including location modeling, booth placement, and integration of VARGATES functionality," said Alexander Mazurenko, the director of "DreamLight".

The metaverse fair provided leading IT companies such as NIT, Wooppay, Halyk, DataArt, Kazdream, Kolesa Group, Sergek Group, TSEF, Big Dream, and ProSklad with an opportunity to present their job openings and meet potential candidates in a virtual environment. Job seekers, on the other hand, could explore vacancies from various companies, familiarize themselves with their projects, and virtually meet recruiters.

For instance, HR specialists from the international fintech company Wooppay, which creates and implements payment and technological solutions for Kazakhstan and Central Asia, provided consultations to around 30 individuals at the fair.

"We are still receiving responses. We process them in the order they come in, and we provide feedback to everyone. We conduct phone reviews with each applicant who responded. Some of the responses are from students who have the opportunity to undergo industrial practice or internships with us while studying. There are also potential candidates whom we are willing to consider in case of expanding our staff in the Data Science field. Some applicants are considering remote work formats. We have planned online interviews with potential candidates who are willing to relocate if the outcome is satisfactory," shared Dameliya Kanafina, a recruiter at Wooppay.

As a result of the virtual job fair, 35 students and graduates exchanged contacts with company representatives. In addition to job searching, users had the opportunity to take an online tour of Astana Hub.

"The idea is very relevant and well-implemented. This is my first experience in the metaverse. In Kyzylorda, where I live, I often see that Astana Hub organizes many offline events. But in the metaverse, I had the opportunity to visit the technopark online, which I am very happy about," shared Nur Sultan Atymtay, a game developer, who attended the job fair.

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