Mon Maya Tamang, 18, from Bangtar was seen walking from one stall to another at the job fair conducted by Samdrupjongkhar regional labour office on May 21.

The class 10 dropout said she was looking for a managerial position in hotels.  She said she could not continue her studies because of financial constraints and decided to look for a job instead.

“I applied in technical training institutes in Chumey, Bumthang and Sarpang because there is demand for technical graduates,” Mon Maya said.

She said the job fair was informative, as she knows about the available vacancies.

Another job seeker, Sangay Dema Tamang, 19, from Jomotshagkha said she completed class 12 from Orong Higher Secondary School last year.

She said she applied for a housekeeping and receptionist post at Hotel Bhutan Mountain.

Officials from the regional labour office said 18 companies, 60 job seekers and 361 class 10 and 12 students from Garpung Middle Secondary School, Samdrupjongkhar Middle Secondary School and Dungsam Academy attended the fair.

Officials said front desk, site engineer, sales executive, sales manager, sales personnel, waiters, housekeeping, receptionist, baker, salesperson, dishwasher, accounts assistant, farm attendant and production supervisors were the vacancies available at the fair.

They said the fair was expected to bring together genuine job seekers and potential employers.

Officials also said that of the confirmed 28 agencies, only 18 turned up for the event. “It was difficult to bring in agencies and job seekers together,” an official said. “Some had no idea about participating in it but others assumed it was useless.”

Officials said there are 673 registered job seekers in their office.

Kelzang Wangchuk |  Samdrupjongkhar