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One of last year’s contestants wowing the jury. Public speaking is a key skill for any young specialist.

This Wednesday just after noon, the non-commercial organization Perspektiva is holding their annual Path to a Career competition. Before a jury made up of business people, young specialists will give presentations and answer questions about their work qualifications, experience and career dreams. The prize — either a job or internship in one of Moscow's largest Russian or international companies.

What makes this contest different from other job fairs? All the contestants have some form of disability, which means that despite their qualifications they sometimes get overlooked on the job market.

First the contestants go through workshops, seminars and master classes to learn how to write their resumes, present themselves and go through an interview with potential employers. Sixteen finalists will go up before the jury made up of members of Moscow's Business Advisory Board on Disability and an audience of talent scouts from Russian and foreign companies. They will each have an interview with a company rep, give a presentation, and take part in a role play. The winner gets a job or internship, but in past competitions the other contestants have gotten job offers, too.

Among the companies represented in the Advisory Board are Microsoft, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, and Schneider Electric.

Companies looking for talented young employees can register to attend the event, which is free, at

PricewaterhouseCoopers, 10 Ulitsa Butyrsky Val. Metro Belorusskaya. Wed. April 20 at 12.30 p.m.

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