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Lay-offs get students working; their app helps jobseekers

13 Dec 2020 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Omani students Salim al Maqbali and Amna Rasihed al Ghadani noticed the plight of their compatriots who faced lay-offs because of the coronavirus pandemic. To help such people they created an application – Intaash – which facilitates job searches.

The app, still in its elementary stage, recently won the first place in a competition hosted by Sharqiyah University.

Intaash was designed by Maqbali, a student at the College of Technology in Shinas, and Amna from the University of Technology and Applied Sciences in Muscat.

Maqbali said their app came first in the Masar Competition conducted by the Sharqiyah University. 

“We competed against over 25 teams from various colleges and universities in the sultanate,” he said.

Talking about the creation of the app, he said, “The idea came after we noticed that the number of jobseekers increased and that entrepreneurs were facing many problems, especially after the coronavirus pandemic began. 

“The app gathers entrepreneurs and people with skills in one place, and it also provides them with training workshops. 

“In addition to that, it sends notifications to those registered in the app about any available job opportunities.”

He said it was challenging for them to develop the app while also continuing in their studies. 

“Oman urgently needs the app as the coronavirus pandemic has caused many problems for entrepreneurs and the number of jobseekers has increased.”

Maqbali said that following their victory, Sharqiyah University has promised its support for the completion of the app next year. 

“We hope once our app is up and running, it will help jobseekers; hopefully, their numbers will go down and entrepreneurs will not face difficulties. We will be more than happy if we can contribute our might to the national economy and the development of the country.”

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