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International Job Fair

Hard Club received International Job Fair – an international employment fair for Erasmus students supported by the Porto City Hall (CMP).


The initiative is promoted by Talent Portugal in partnership with Erasmus Student Network Porto (ESN Porto), TICE (Information Technology, Communication and Electronics) and the High Commissioner for Migration. The Talent Portugal platform was launched last month and presents itself as a community dedicated to attract international talent to Portugal. It aims to find job opportunities in technology companies and global service centers located in national territory for professionals and young graduates.

International Job Fair aims to “attract qualified resources to highly recruited companies, operating in the international market while looking for international candidates to work in areas such as Information Technology, Engineering, Finance, Economics, Management, Human Resources or Languages” said Luis Sottomayor, Talent Community Director.

This year, the fair received more than 500 registrations, with 44 different nationalities, and presented about 3600 career opportunities. Throughout the day, Hard Club’s stages held several presentations and Q&A sessions. Blip, Creative, Outsystems, Gfi, ITSector, Sitel, IT Sector, Sonae, CGI, Prime IT, Mindera, Critical Software, Bosch, HB Fuller, Armatis, Webhelp, Adidas, Concentrix, Infineon, Linde, Yazaki and Altran presented themselves to the public, receiving participants in their stands.


The event had three debates that addressed current issues on the national scene at professional and business level. The first discussion, “Attracting talent to Porto”, was moderated by Rui Barreira (Porto Tech Hub) and was attended by Manuel Bento (Euronext), David Soria (Critical Manufacturing) and Vladimiro Duarte (high commissariat of migrations). “Meet IT Founders” was the second talk, moderated by Paulo Calçada (ScaleUp Porto) with the participation of Cláudio Fernandes (Adclick), Pedro Fortuna (Jscrambler) and Luís Cochofel (Veniam).

At the end of the afternoon, Eggen Anouk (Netherlands), Paulius Turek (Poland), Aderrahmane Rahmouni (Morocco), three Erasmus students in Portugal, took the stage to participate in the “Studying, working and living in Porto” talk, moderated by Ricardo Valente (city’s councilman for Economy) and with the participation of Pedro Santos (ESN Porto).

The organization surveyed all participants, collecting data on the attraction of human capital in Portugal. Regarding the foreign public, it was verified that the career perspective and the integration in projects are the main objectives that candidates look in the companies. The results showed that 80% of the candidates are interested in working in Portugal in the next two years, highlighting as most attractive factors the hospitality of the Portuguese, the cost and the quality of life in the country as well as the climate.