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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
"OPD workshop enables you to think critically – what employers are looking for in candidates, where you stand in the job market and how you should develop yourself. The workshop has helped me to put myself in the employers’ shoes, and ask myself, “Why should I be the one?"
“After graduation, I relied on OPD workshop and its job placement services to find a suitable role in my desired career field. Thanks to OPD, today I am working in a renowned international NGO, ActionAid Bangladesh.”
“OPD totally changed my perception on how to present myself in the job market. I was really impressed with how comprehensive and advanced the curriculum was. It helped me become more confident and be better prepared for the professional world.”
“The workshop taught me the different ways of creating a positive first impression in the eyes of the employers, be it on paper through my resume and cover letter or in person during interviews.”