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ABOUT

The Office of Professional Development (OPD) was established in 2016 with the mandate to equip BYLC graduates with the professional skills required for the 21st century workplace and
prepare them to excel in their careers in public,
private, and civil sectors.

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What we do

Through a holistic curriculum that draws from both academia and industry, OPD assists BYLC graduates through professional development workshops to think strategically about their career choices and successfully navigate through the different stages of recruitment. OPD also provides placement services for BYLC graduates via partnerships with top employers.

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Why OPD

There is a glaring lack of effective career guidance services available to university students in Bangladesh today. This creates a significant disconnect between what students are learning in the classroom and what employers expect in the workplace. The OPD aims to address this gap by creating opportunities for continuous leadership and career development for university graduates and young professionals.

OPD’S UNIQUE STRENGTHS

Step-by-step and end-to-end approach in curriculum design and delivery with a focus on building problem solving and communication skills in participants

Locally developed caselets and simulation exercises to strengthen the capabilities of participants to perform well under pressure and in a diverse work environment

Seasoned faculty with prior work experience in reputed international banks and with degrees from top universities of Bangladesh
and North America

SERVICES

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Professional Development Workshop

The signature two-day OPD workshop prepares BYLC graduates to better compete in the current job market and equips them with critical thinking, professional etiquette, workplace orientation, and effective communication skills.

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Roundtable Discussion

OPD arranges a roundtable discussion on an annual basis that features twenty of the top employers and educators of the country. The roundtable addresses pertinent issues on youth skills development and how different stakeholders can come together to bridge the gap between employers needs and skills taught at universities.

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Career Fair

OPD annually organizes the BYLC Career Fair to connect university students and fresh graduates with leading private and non-profit institutions. The day-long event includes series of career panels featuring distinguished industry professionals as well as personal networking opportunity with the HR personnel of the participating organizations. 

IMPACT

92%

of the participants felt that the workshop was an effective learning experience in terms of professional development

85%

of the participants felt that the workshop helped them get useful insights about the job market and be better prepared for interviews

83%

of the participants felt that the workshop helped them to write effective resume and cover letters for job applications

CONNECTED

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ConnectEd is a BYLC graduate portal which profiles BYLC graduates and connects them with potential employers for internships, full-time, and part-time job opportunities. Selective recruiters get access to an online database and can look for prospective candidates for positions they are willing to hire. This portal eases the process of recruitment and helps to identify the right candidate for the right position.

ConnectEd is a BYLC graduate portal which profiles BYLC graduates and connects them with potential employers for internships, full-time, and part-time job opportunities. Selective recruiters get access to an online database and can look for prospective candidates for positions they are willing to hire. This portal eases the process of recruitment and helps to identify the right candidate for the right position.

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OUR TEAM

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ASHFAQUE KABIR

Manager & Instructor,
Office of Professional Development

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MD. TOWHID KHAN

Deputy Manager & Instructor,
Office of Professional Development

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FARAH CHOWDHURY

Assistant Manager & Instructor,
Office of Professional Development

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About BYLC

BYLC's vision is a just, prosperous, and inclusive world driven by courageous, compassionate, and competent leaders. BYLC seeks to build connections among youth from diverse backgrounds, equip them with leadership skills, and enable them to have high impact in public, private, and civil sectors.

Contacts

Email: opd@bylc.org
Phone: +88 (02) 883 3517

Plot 3, Road 20, Block J, Baridhara Dhaka, Bangladesh