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7 Oct 2019

 

More than 4,000 visitors attended the latest edition of the Career Village, which Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), this year organized in cooperation with the Social Development Center, ‘Nama’.

The three-day event, held at Multaqa (Education City Student Center), welcomed preparatory and secondary school students from 100 public and private schools from across Qatar, who learned about various professions, as well as the academic disciplines that lead to these career paths.

The event was attended by His Excellency Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, and Mrs. Buthaina Ali Al Nuaimi, President of Pre-University Education, QF.

His Excellency Mr. Fakhroo showed significant interest in how participating entities were showcasing career opportunities, and praised the event’s practical approach to promoting professional awareness and reaching out to visitors, particularly students.

Mr. Abdulla Al Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “We are delighted with Career Village’s continued success, and are pleased with the meaningful outputs that these comprehensive, useful, and enjoyable events produce. QCDC places strong emphasis on promoting a culture of career planning among youth without putting any kind of psychological pressure on students. Rather, we must provide youth with all the tools to help them choose the most appropriate career paths in line with their qualifications and ambitions, in a favorable atmosphere that ensures their future success and contribute to the nation’s prosperity.”

On the sidelines of the event, Nama launched its ‘Tamakkan’ campaign, an initiative designed to raise awareness among the youth of the importance of career development in line with the needs of the Qatari job market, drawing on the expertise of experienced professionals and retirees to equip young people with the skills to contribute to their community.

Mrs. Amal A. Al-Mannai, CEO of Qatar Foundation for Social Work and Acting Executive Director of Nama, said she was pleased with the center’s participation in Career Village, noting that Nama’s participation has enabled social entrepreneurs and members of Tamakkan’s campaign to connect with school and university.

Mrs. Al-Mannai added that Nama not only succeeded in educating youth on how to benefit from the project while raising awareness of the importance of professional development, but has also set examples of how hard-working youth can identify the needs of the community and contribute to its development.

 

 

The event brought together representatives from 35 leading Qatar-based organizations and institutions from numerous industries including education, business and finance, energy and manufacturing, communication and transportation, health, security, media, and culture.

Entities included the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs – Institute of Public Administration; the Ministry of Interior – Human Resources Department, General Directorate of Civil Defense, Traffic Department, General Directorate of Coasts and Borders Security, and Police College – Hamad Medical Corporation; and Qatar Airways.

Noora Ali Al-Kuwari, Qatar University Student Enrollment Development Specialist, said: “The purpose of our participation is to attract students to the new College of Dentistry that we recently inaugurated. We have noticed a lot of interest from students in this specialization, and we have provided them with the admission guidelines. Through our participation, we aim to support Qatari secondary school students who seek to join science programs by familiarizing them with the admission requirements because these specialties are of great importance to the future of Qatar.”

Students met with representatives of participating institutions and universities to inquire about job opportunities and took part in interactive activities that provided insight into various professions.

Sheikha Saeed Al Nuaimi, a student at Al Maha Academy for Girls, said: “During my visit, I was able to learn in a relatively short time about the large number of academic and career opportunities available in Qatar. I also learned about the scholarship and training opportunities offered by various institutions in the country, which made me reconsider the academic track I want to pursue.”

The event also featured a caricature exhibition organized by Nama to highlight the challenges faced by youth when it comes to professional development.

3 Sep 2019

 

 

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation, has organized an introductory course on career advising on Tuesday, September 3, 2019, at Education City Clubhouse. The course aimed at introducing the participants to the basics of career guidance and advising, and creating awareness on the role played by career counselors and advisors, in addition to introducing them to the basics of the Career Advisor Training Course, offered by QCDC.

The course was delivered by Mr. Khalifa Al Salahi, a certified career counselor with extensive experience in the field of higher education.

This course is part of QCDC’s efforts to instill a career development culture in Qatar and to raise awareness about the importance of career guidance.

 

 

5 Sep 2019

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation, has opened registration for the next edition of its Career Advisor Training Course (CATC), which aims to equip participants with the skills and tools to provide career guidance to young people.

 

 

Launched by QCDC in 2015, CATC is the first customized training program for careers advisors in Qatar and the Gulf region. It is offered in collaboration with Kuder Inc., a world leader in career planning services.

The course will be delivered in both Arabic and in English during separate sessions held at Education City. The Arabic edition will run from September 8-12, from 8am to 2pm, while the English edition will run from November 10-14, from 8am to 2pm.

Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “Participants in this edition of the CATC will represent the eighth and ninth batches of graduates, and will join more than 110 participants who have already acquired the knowledge and skills that this program exclusively offers; skills that cannot be acquired elsewhere in Qatar or the region.”

The course will bring together career advisors, academic counselors, HR personnel, mentors, and professors, as well as parents. Participants will acquire skills that will equip them to serve as potential career advisors, and will gain insight into their own career development and those of the young people they advise.

A number of different topics will be covered throughout the program, including ‘Helping Skills’, ‘Career Development and Choice Theory’, ‘Assessment and Career Planning’, ‘The Role of Information in Career Planning’, ‘Ethical Guidelines’, ‘Working with Groups’, ‘Using Technology’, ‘Employability Skills’, and ‘Program Planning and Implementation’.

Applicants will also learn how to guide and follow up with students or clients using a career planning system, and will also gain knowledge of technology-based applications that benefit career development.

Participants will be given the opportunity to use the new Career Advising System (CAS), a career planning system developed by QCDC designed to assist students in planning their academic future. QCDC rolled out CAS across public secondary schools in Qatar during the second semester of the 2017-2018 academic year, within the framework of an MoU between QCDC and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

As part of the new CAS, participants will be able to employ diverse and innovative psychometric and personality assessment tools to explore their personal skills and potential career tracks.

Lecturers include Mr. Khalifa Al Yafei, a certified career counselor with extensive experience in the field of higher education, who was recently appointed both Director of Academic Affairs and Lecturer at Northumbria University in Qatar. The course will be moderated by Mrs. Anita Abraham, a Professional Development Specialist of Science at the National Center for Educational Development, College of Education, Qatar University. Mrs. Abraham, who has more than 25 years of experience in the field of education, will be joined by Mrs. Susanna Mascarenhas, a Professional Development Specialist at the National Center for Educational Development, College of Education, Qatar University, who has seen first-hand the role of education in the growth of Qatar over the past 28 years.

To register for the Career Advisor Training Course or lean more about the program,  call 44546815, or e-mail qcdc@qf.org.qa.

 

30 June 2019

 

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation, has participated in the 9th edition of the International Symposium on Career Development and Public Policy. The symposium brought together policy makers, career counsellors, researchers, and professionals to discuss global efforts to promote career development.

The three-day symposium, which was organized by the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy (ICCDPP) and Skills Norway, Ministry of Education and Research, Norway, took place in Tromso. Held under the title of ‘Leading career development services into an uncertain future: Ensuring access, integration and innovation,’ it was inaugurated by Tom Erlend Skaug, State Secretary from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.

The symposium brought together delegations from 34 countries. Participants explored changes in how individuals are pursuing careers across the world, and how governments are providing career development help and integrating various forms of support within wider policy aims.

Each delegation produced a paper outlining key issues for their countries in relation to the conference’s four themes: ‘The Context and Challenges for Career Development Policy’; ‘The Aims for, and Access to, Career Development’; ‘The Integration of Career Development into Wider Society’; and ‘Leading Innovative Change for the Future.’

QCDC was represented by Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, and Dr. Tajalsir Kardaman, Career Programs and Services Manager. During the conference, QCDC presented a paper showcasing the center’s efforts in contributing to the development and implementation of a well-integrated and cross-sector career development policy that links the needs and aspirations of Qatari professionals, among various other topics.

Commenting on QCDC’s participation in the conference, Mr. Al-Mansoori emphasized the importance of engaging with delegates from other countries to explore the future of global career development and exchange knowledge and expertise.

“Through our participation in such an event, we hope to expand our knowledge and align what we learned with Qatar’s policy aims, ultimately contributing to the development of high-quality human capital to assist Qatar in its transition toward a diversified economy,” Mr. Al Mansoori said.

 

 

Mr. Al-Mansoori and Dr. Kardaman also attended panel discussions with representatives from five leading international organizations. These included the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; the Education and Training Foundation; the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training; the European Commission; and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. Discussions focused on how Nordic countries, including Norway, are working to promote lifelong career guidance.

QCDC’s participation in the ICCDPP symposium followed its involvement, for the second consecutive year, in the Asia Pacific Career Development Association’s (APCDA) conference – an international forum for sharing career development ideas and expertise in the Asia Pacific region.

The 2019 APCDA annual conference, titled ‘Navigating Career Development in the Age of Industry 4.0,’ was hosted by the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

 

21 May 2019

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has opened registration for the first edition of its ‘Career Academy’ program, which aims to take high school students on an educational journey that explores career opportunities – within the private and public sectors – and jobs that are in high demand.

‘Career Academy’, which will be delivered in Arabic, will take place over the course of two weeks, from June 30 – July 11, 8am – 1pm at Multaqa (Education City Student Center). Students can register for the two-week program, or may choose to register for one week only. All students who successfully complete the program will be awarded participation certificates.

Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “It’s important for students to engage in activities that help them explore their personal abilities and potential in order to identify career paths that best align with their skills. QCDC endeavors to offer various programs and activities that provide our youth with the opportunity to gain insight into career paths that serve the needs of the country and enable professionals to contribute to Qatar’s development.

“The program features a variety of activities – including field trips, workshops, and recreational and educational activities – to help students prepare both mentally and practically to embark on the career path that best suits them.”

The program will include field trips to both private and public institutions in Qatar, including Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Airways, and Es’hailSat. These field trips will offer participants the opportunity to connect with professionals and learn to which extent these jobs match their skills and potential, and what to expect from each profession.

Students will also be given the opportunity learn about Qatar-based universities, such as Qatar University, QF member Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and QF partner universities. Representatives of these institutes will provide students with overviews of the academic programs and admission requirements, helping participants to make informed academic choices.

The program will also include a number of character-building workshops designed to help prepare students for university, featuring topics such as ‘Preparations to study abroad’, ‘How to write a resume’, and ‘How to introduce yourself to society’, as well as sessions to empower participants to become independent.

A variety of recreational and educational activities will also be on offer. Participants will attend a series of practical workshops that aim to equip students with a wide range of personal and life skills, as well as to improve their self-confidence, communication, public speaking, and teamwork abilities.

To learn more or to register, please visit Career Academy

 

20 March 2019

 

The National Service Academy, in cooperation with Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation, has embarked on a series of evaluations to help the latest batch of its recruits identify their career interests and explore their skills and potential.

The assessments are being undertaken through QCDC’s Career Advising System (CAS), a unique career advising system, which provides tailor-made solutions that factors in Qatar’s social and economic conditions. CAS was developed by QCDC in co-operation with Kuder Inc., a world leader in career planning services. The new career advising system features psychometric and personality assessment models as well as diverse and innovative tools to facilitate career planning and guidance by helping users explore personal skills and professional tracks and planning career paths.

Recruits undertook two assessments including Kuder Career Interests Assessment, and Super’s Work Values Inventory. Both assessments enable recruits to identify their professional interests and potential before suggesting aligned career choices.

After completing the evaluation and reviewing the results, the user is presented with a list of suggested professions.

QCDC’s cooperation with the National Service Academy kicked off in 2018 within the framework of the academy’s collaboration with various specialized organizations across Qatar to support the development of recruits.

This cooperation reflects the firm belief that Qatar’s national security and development go hand in hand, which requires the empowerment of talented Qatari youth who will shoulder the responsibility of protecting the nation and supporting its development.

Civil and military institutions must therefore join efforts to mobilize and empower youth to make valuable contributions to the Qatari society.

Based on the results of the assessments, QCDC will organize subsequent training sessions that will bring together experts in career guidance to analyze the outcomes and help recruits identify the academic and professional tracks that best align with their interests and the future needs of Qatar.

 

5 May 2019

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has wrapped up the first edition of its Career Readiness Program, which aims to enhance the delivery of career guidance services to students with mild to moderate learning challenges from Awsaj Academy, also a member of QF.

 

 

Adapting the best international career guidance models into the local context, the program bolsters the confidence of students, creating more opportunities to grow their skills and help them make informed choices about their professional future. It also attempts to establish effective local career eco-systems and reshape society’s approach to education and learning.

At the same time, the program tackles three key challenges, the first of which is assuring families their child’s education is leading to a valued outcome. The second challenge is to bring awareness to the larger community about barriers students are facing and how these can be lifted. A third challenge that will be further addressed in the next academic year is to educate employers on how to integrate the concerned population in their operations.

During a ceremony held recently at Awsaj Academy in Education City to celebrate the completion of the program, students shared their journey with parents, counselors, and members of both QCDC and Awsaj Academy.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “The Career Readiness Program represents more than just another career guidance-related project. It is an important initiative that reflects our strong commitment along with our partners to empowering all segments of society to make a meaningful contribution to the advancement of Qatar National Vision 2030.”

Mr. Mark Hughes, Director, Awsaj Academy, said: “Our objective is to support our students on functional, social, and academic levels with programs that prepare them for beyond school, college, or career pathways. At Awsaj Academy, our students receive support in outlined areas, and collaborating with QCDC during the Career Readiness Program helps make services available for our students with an emphasis of meeting diverse learning needs. As we integrate students back into the community, they are equipped with a combination of academics and functional skills aligned with their personal capabilities and professional interests.”

The Career Readiness Program was piloted last year within the framework of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between QCDC and Awsaj Academy.

The program featured weekly cross-structural interventions and project-based learning activities that have been integrated in the school’s curriculums. Activities included workshops, motivational talks by Qatari entrepreneurs, field trips to different industries, volunteering opportunities, and social responsibility projects that highlight the ethical values of the Qatari society, and connects the larger community with students.

The program also featured practical internship opportunities. QCDC created individual internship plans that capitalized on the strengths and interests of students. The internships ran on a weekly basis, with tasks gradually increasing in complexity and intensity.

Through such activities, the program empowers students to become active members of society by seeking career paths that align with QNV 2030, and contribute positively to the diversification of the Qatari economy.

 

14 April 2019

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), recently wrapped up the first edition of its new program, ‘My Career – My Future’. The program, which ran from April 7-11, is aimed at guiding high school students to better plan their future career paths.

The closing ceremony, held on April 11 and attended by parents, the media, and members of Qatar’s community, recognized the group of students enrolled in the program, who were presented with certificates of attendance.

 

Addressing the gathering, Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “We are pleased that Qatari youth have shown great enthusiasm and interest in learning about the best approach to plan their future careers. We must vigorously work to ensure a better future for our youth by contributing to Qatar’s progress and prosperity.”

The week-long program dedicated one full day to exploring various professions, and featured site visits to leading companies and organizations, including Qatar Airways, QF – where students visited QF member Sidra Medicine and QF partner university Northwestern University in Qatar – and College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. These visits allowed students to gain first-hand insights into the work environment at these organizations, the extent to which particular jobs matched their skills and potential, and what to expect from each profession.

“I was confused about which career to pursue in the future and, as a Grade 11 student, I had only one year to decide on my university track,” said Madawy Naif, one of the students who participated in the program.

“Thanks to the ‘My Career – My Future Program,’ I decided that I want to join the airline industry after gaining first-hand insight into the sector during our visit to Qatar Airways.”

Using an edutainment-based approach, the program engaged students through interactive activities, training workshops, and the field visits to help participants discover their skills and unique talents, and empower them to make the best career choices.

The program featured a variety of stimulating professional activities and training workshops, designed to raise awareness of the importance of academic and career guidance among participants and equip them with the practical skills to succeed. Students participated in workshops on decision-making, problem-solving, and creative thinking, aimed at bolstering their personal skills; building their confidence; and instilling a spirit of entrepreneurship, perseverance, and teamwork.

 

Three-day event organized by QF member opens up potential career paths

 

Doha, Qatar, March 02, 2019:Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has wrapped up the 2019 edition of its Career Village. The three-day event saw over 4,000 visitors – including high schools students from 114 public and private schools, university students, and parents – flock to Multaqa (Education City Student Center) to learn about possible career paths.

The event was attended by His Excellency Mr. Yousuf Mohamed Al Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. A number of media professionals and journalists also visited the Career Village, including Hassan Al-Saai, Journalist and Presenter at Qatar TV, and Asma Al-Hammadi, Presenter at Al-Jazeera Media Network.

Through various interactive activities, over 35 exhibiting institutions familiarized visitors with professions in their respective industries and various job requirements. The event also featured workshops and lectures aimed at equipping students with necessary life skills.

Mr. Saad Al-Kharji, Head of Career Programs and Services, QCDC, said that empowering students to choose the career path that best suits their potential and skills is a priority for QCDC, which seeks to promote a culture of career guidance among all members of Qatar’s community.

“We are always keen on organizing educational events and initiatives, such as the Career Village, to introduce students to various career paths and academic programs that empower youth to achieve their personal and career aspirations, and contribute to Qatar’s development,” Mr. Al-Kharji said.

 

The Career Village provides students with insight into both job opportunities and the academic tracks that can lead them toward particular careers, and enable youth to achieve their personal and professional aspirations while contributing to Qatar’s development.

The latest edition of the Career Village was designed for children aged five years and older, middle school and high school students, parents, career counselors, academics, and experts. A Mini Career Village was the latest addition to this year’s edition, welcoming children aged between 5-10 years to learn about various careers and professions in an entertaining and interactive way.

The event brought together representatives of leading organizations from across different industries in Qatar, including education, culture, finance and business, energy, manufacturing, transportation, communications, health, media, and security.

Exhibiting institutions included representatives of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education; the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs – the Department of Government Scholarships; Ministry of Interior (MoI) – Human Resources Department, General Directorate of Civil Defence, Traffic Department, General Directorate of Coasts and Borders Security, and the Police College; among others.

First Lieutenant Fahad Al-Musallmani, from the General Directorate of Coasts and Borders Security, MoI, said: “As a specialized department, we aim – through our participation in Career Village – to familiarize students with our duties, functions, and the important role that we play in maintaining our country’s security.

“More than 80 percent of Qatar’s borders are maritime, and we are keen on encouraging students and new graduates to join us and participate in maintaining the security of their homeland.”

Ali Al Hashemi, a student at Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration school, said: “The Career Village familiarized me with various future career opportunities, universities and public sector institutions, as well as specialized secondary schools, reflecting the government’s efforts to support its citizens across all age groups.”

Anexhibition featuring a selection of photographs provided by participating institutions was also organized on the sidelines of the event. The images showed the stages of development of these institutions, as well as the professions they offer, and images of key figures who contributed to establishing and developing the institutions and sectors.

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has released the 8thedition of its annual Career Guidemagazine. The magazine, which in 2016 became the first specialized publication by QF to feature a smartphone application, sheds light on a variety of interesting topics that reflect Qatar’s ambitious drive to develop existing and future careers.

The 84-page bilingual Career Guideoffers valuable articles and career tips to inform and educate Qatari youth, parents, and experts in the fields of career guidance and human development.

This year’s edition features a series of articles that highlight QCDC’s achievements, in addition to career development-related priorities in Qatar. The magazine outlines the programs and initiatives that QCDC undertook over the past months to achieve its objectives, empower Qatari students, and promote a national ecosystem that inspires and incentivize youth to innovate and propel Qatar forward.

Commenting on the release of the magazine’s latest issue, Mr. Abdulla Ahmed Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “We celebrate the release of a new issue of our Career Guide, an annual magazine that aims to inspire future generations to seek excellence and achieve their desired goals. The magazine guides youth through the first steps of their career journey so that they can achieve their ambitions and contribute to Qatar’s growth and prosperity.

“In designing our programs and initiatives, we have concentrated our efforts on research to help Qatar’s residents unleash their potential and creativity. In this guide, you will find the results and recommendations of a comprehensive study conducted by our center to highlight issues of priority regarding professional development in Qatar, and ways to contribute further to our national vision by acquiring a deeper understanding of the labor market dynamics.

“This study will not only contribute to the development of our strategy and programs, but it will also serve as a reference for those concerened with promoting human and career development in Qatar. ”

The Career Guideoffers valuable career tips and a wealth of information to assist parents and guide Qatari youth into choosing the most appropriate career path. The magazine features five interviews with Qatari professionals, who discuss their work experience in the fields of nursing, agricultural engineering, cybersecurity, radio and television, and academic counceling. By sharing their experiences, these professionals provide an overview of the skills required in each profession, and offer advice to young people looking to pursue a career in one of these fields.

The latest issue of the Career Guidealso includes a special report on career guidance. The report outlines challenges and efforts to improve Qatar’s current career guidance system, while providing insight by international experts on career guidance and development.

Experts include Dr. Raimo Vuorinen; Associate Professor at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, and Vice-President of the International Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG). The special report elaborates on the Finnish career guidance model – its importance and requirements –  and highlights the latest resources on guidance and development.

This issue also features a special interview with Hadfah Muhammad Al Marri, Senior Co-Pilot, Qatar Airways, which sheds light on the success of Qatari women whose ambition knows no limits. In the interview, Al Marri recalls her pursuit of her goal of becoming a pilot, and how she managed to overcome the obstacles and difficulties she faced to realize her childhood dream.

The magazine will be distributed to universities and educational organizations, ministries, government and private institutions, and other youth clubs and entities across Qatar, while QCDC will arrange regular visits to schools across the country to introduce the magazine to students, teachers and counselors. QCDC representatives will brief students and school staff on the center’s mission and work mechanisms, in addition to the objectives behind the launch of the Career Guide.

 

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) is celebrating the Qatar National Day with Qatar Foundation’s (QF) centers by participating in the QF tent at Darb Al Saai. QCDC is offering 3 edutainment activities for children that aim to promote career awareness and introduce them to different careers:

1. The Board of Wishes: Children engage in solving puzzles to discover different careers.

2. My Future Career: Children choose their favorite profession from among several professions available, and then take a picture of them wearing its costume, through an interactive 3D electronic screen.

3. Children’s CV: Children get to create and print a professional CV for themselves.

These activities are open to the general public during the morning and evening schedules of Darb Al Saai, until it concludes on December 20, 2018.

Apr 03, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), in partnership the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, announced that it will roll out its new Career Advising System (CAS) across public secondary schools in Qatar during the second semester of the 2017-2018 academic year.

QCDC made the announcement on the sidelines of the Career Guidance Stakeholders Platform 2018, organized under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation, in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Doha Office and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “Today, we are delighted to witness a new milestone in QCDC’s journey, expanding our reach to provide all students across public secondary schools in Qatar with career guidance services that will have a lasting impact on their academic and career journeys.

“The new career advising system is unique, as it provides a tailor-made solution that factors in Qatar’s social and economic conditions. The CAS features diverse and innovative components as well as psychometric and personality assessment tools to help students identify the most appropriate academic and career paths in line with the future needs of Qatar.”

The implementation of CAS comes within the framework of the MoU that was inked last year between QCDC and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education with the aim of establishing a strategic partnership in promoting academic, career development, and career guidance-related activities.

Ms. Fawzia Al-Khater, Assistant Under-Secretary for Educational Affairs, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, said: “Career guidance plays an important role in the academic and career journeys of students, helping youth discover their talents and develop their skills to meet the demand for skilled professionals in various sectors. The MoU between the Ministry and QCDC culminated in several training programs including intensive career guidance trainings targeting academic and career counselors across public schools in Qatar. The agreement eventually laid the foundations for implementing a new Career Advising System developed by QCDC to guide 10th grade students into planning their academic and career paths. The nationwide implementation of the new CAS, which was designed to meet the requirement of Qatar’s education environment, is a first of its kind initiative in the Middle East.”

Al-Khater also hailed the active partnership between QCDC and the Ministry, represented by the Academic and Career Guidance Division of the Department of Educational Guidance, praising the latter for its efforts in following up on the implementation of the joint programs with QCDC.

Within the framework of its ongoing cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, QCDC has trained more than 70 academic counselors on the use and integration of CAS across secondary schools in Qatar to offer career guidance services for students.

CAS was developed by QCDC in co-operation with Kuder Inc., a world leader in career planning services, and various government entities, for the purpose of integrating specialized IT solutions into the career guidance framework in Qatar.

Oct 16, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation, in partnership with the National Service Academy, part of the Ministry of Defense, has organized an awareness lecture entitled “How to Help Your Son Choose his University Specialty”, on Tuesday, 16 October, 2018, at the National Service Academy.

The lecture, which brought together 500 parents of recruits who joined the academy in 2018, falls in line with QCDC’s efforts to instill a strong career guidance culture in Qatar and guide students into choosing the right academic and career paths.

The lecture addressed the impact of parenting on children’s career-related decisions and educated parents on how to effectively assist children in choosing an academic or career path after completing their national service. The lecture also offered guidance to parents of recruits who gained first hand experience in military training and are considering a career change to the military field after completing their national service.

The lecture also familiarized parents with the elements that impact their children’s personal attitudes, such as their personal preferences, priorities, interests, values ​​and aspirations, as well as the factors that may influence youth decisions, such as career counselors, peers, the socio-economic conditions, cultural context or role models.

The lecture also shed light on the contribution of youth to national interests after completing their national service, which combines military and civilian education, whether scientific or professional, to strategically contribute to the protection and development of Qatar.

The lecture was delivered by Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, who recalled His Highness the Emir’s words in his opening speech.

“We require diligence, creativity, independent thinking, constructive initiatives and interest in academic achievement in all disciplines, selfreliance and fighting indolence and dependency,” Al-Mansoori said, quoting His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of the State of Qatar.

“These are the Emir’s words, which have guided our journey toward building a modern Qatar and the pillar upon which QCDC’s strategies, decisions, programs and awareness initiatives rest in a bid to accomplish the Qatar National Vision 2030 and its strategic objective of building a knowledge-based economy,” Al-Mansoori added.

“Career guidance plays a key role in promoting a diverse and skilled national workforce in line with Qatar’s aspirations to meet the current and future needs of its people and the entire nation. QCDC works hand in hand with students and parents to assist youth in exploring the appropriate academic and career paths, and to highlight the importance of parenting in influencing children to make the appropriate academic and career decisions to the benefit of both Qatar and our future generations,” Al-Mansoori explained.

QCDC is seeking to accomplish these objectives through tools such as the Career Advising System (CAS), Al Mansoori said. CAS was developed by QCDC in co-operation with Kuder Inc., a world leader in career planning services, and various government entities, for the purpose of integrating specialized IT solutions into the career guidance framework in Qatar.

The Career Advising System features diverse and innovative components as well as psychometric and personality assessment tools to help students identify the most appropriate academic and career paths in line with the future needs of Qatar. CAS was rolled out across secondary schools in Qatar during the second semester of the 2017-2018 academic year.

Oct 15, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation, has organized an advanced training program on the use of its Career Advising System (CAS). The one-week program, which kicked off on October 8 at the Qatar National Convention Centre, was implemented in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Qatar and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to provide training to over 90 academic counselors and career practitioners.

The program familiarized academic and career counselors with the use of CAS, a unique career advising system which provides tailor-made solutions that factor in Qatar’s social and economic conditions. QCDC developed CAS in co-operation with Kuder Inc., a world leader in career planning services, and various government entities, to integrate specialized IT solutions into the career guidance framework in Qatar.

QCDC rolled out CAS across public secondary schools in Qatar during the second semester of the 2017-2018 academic year within the framework of a memorandum of understanding between QCDC and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Commenting on the program, Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “This advanced training program builds on our achievements last year, including the training of 70 academic counselors from different schools across Qatar.

“Today, QCDC, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy in Qatar and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, is working to promote capacity building and instill a culture of career guidance at the core of our schools’ objectives. As Qatar pursues its journey toward promoting a knowledge-based economy, a balance must be struck between the demands of the labor market and youth aspirations,” Al-Mansoori added.

Carissa Gonzalez, Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Qatar, said: “We are proud to support QCDC and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in delivering this important training program to Qatar’s academic and career advisors. A comprehensive career and academic advising program is an integral part of any education system, and we are thrilled that QCDC has chosen a leading American company – Kuder Inc. – as their service provider.”

The training program brought together nearly 90 participants, including 70 academic counselors from public schools across Qatar, as well as participants from the Academic Bridge Program – under Pre-University Education at QF – which recently inked a partnership with QCDC to use and activate CAS.

Mrs. Noor Al- Maadheed, Head of Academic Counseling, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, said: “The Ministry of Education and Higher Education dedicates a great deal of attention to career guidance, given the key role it plays in guiding students throughout their academic and professional journeys and in supporting youth in developing their talents and acquiring new skills. These efforts will reflect positively on Qatar in terms of graduating youth who meet the state’s need for qualified professionals.

“We believe in the great role that academic counselors play in the career guidance process. Through our various partnerships, we seek to provide specialized training to promote career guidance across schools in a bid to prepare students ahead of going to university,” she added.

The training program was delivered by J. Clayton Kennedy, a certified senior business consultant and a Global Career Development Facilitator.

As Vice President of Global Client Relations at Kuder Inc., Kennedy is responsible for devising strategies in alignment with career programs and initiatives in the public and private sectors. Before joining the organization, he spent over ten years as a global business leader coach.

The new career advising system features diverse and innovative components as well as psychometric and personality assessment tools to help students identify the most appropriate academic and career paths in line with the future needs of Qatar.

Jul 15, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has wrapped up the fifth edition of its Summer Career Camp, which saw around 50 secondary school students take part.

The camp, which ran from July 1-12 at the Education City Student Center, offered students a stimulating and educational environment designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to make informed academic and career decisions.

Mrs. Machaille Al-Naimi, President of Community Development, QF, attended the final day of the camp and congratulated students on their participation in the program’s activities, while wishing them success in their academic and professional choices.

Urging participants to promote a culture of career guidance, Al-Naimi said: “You are the ambassadors of the future, and we count on you to assist your colleagues in choosing the appropriate academic and career paths that will shape their lives.

“On this occasion, I would like to assure you that QCDC and QF will always stand by you, the youth, ready to support you on your journey.”

The two-week camp featured a variety of activities and educational programs, as well as stimulating workshops designed to provide students with practical skills and knowledge to help them plan their academic and career paths.

During the camp, students were introduced to QCDC’s Career Advising System (CAS), which features diverse and innovative components, including psychometric and personality assessment tools, to help students identify the most appropriate academic and career paths in line with the future needs of Qatar. As part of the camp, Stenden Qatar University of Applied Sciences (Stenden Qatar) conducted a day-long training session for students, teaching them a range of life skills designed to prepare them for university, in addition to offering practical advice for use when traveling for study programs abroad.

Commenting on the camp’s fifth edition, Mr. Abdulla Al Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “I am pleased that the fifth edition of the Summer Career Camp has had a strong impact on the lives of these students.

“Over the last two weeks, they participated in an intensive program of activities that provided them with insight into the professional world, enabling them to make well-informed academic and career choices. At QCDC, we motivate young participants to believe in their abilities, explore their interests and pursue their ambitions in line with the aspirations and objectives of the job market in Qatar.”

The camp featured site visits and job-shadowing programs at leading organizations in Qatar, providing participants with real-world insight into workplace environments with the aim of helping them to match their abilities and skills with various career choices. The site visits also provided an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with the dynamics of Qatar’s labor market across various industries, and the future needs of the nation.

Six days were dedicated to site visits at institutions operating across various sectors in Qatar. These included a ‘Medical Day’ sponsored by Hamad Medical Corporation; an ‘Agriculture Day’ sponsored by the Qur’anic Botanic Garden, a member of QF; an ‘Engineering Day’ jointly sponsored by College of the North Atlantic – Qatar and Msheireb Properties; a ‘Banking Day’ sponsored by Qatar National Bank; a ‘Media Day’ sponsored by Northwestern University in Qatar, a QF partner university; and a ‘Transport Day’ sponsored by Qatar Airways.

Sharifa Mohamed Al-Qasimi, one of the participating students, said the camp deepened her understanding of the labor market, and provided insight into the educational and career opportunities that best align with her skills and abilities.

“The Summer Career Camp offered me new experiences and the opportunity to make new friends, but most importantly, I gained a better understanding of chemical engineering, the major I want to study and pursue in the future,” she said. “As well as getting a glimpse into the realities of a workplace, I learned more about the nature of work in this specialty and even had the chance to try my hand at operating factory machines.”

The final day of the camp featured an introductory session on universities in Qatar, such as QF partner universities Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar and Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar; Qatar University; and Stenden Qatar. Representatives of these universities provided students with an overview of their academic programs, admission processes, and entry requirements, designed to help students make informed academic decisions and prepare them for university life.

All students who completed the program were awarded participation certificates.

Jul 04, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), and KidzMondo Doha, the leading children’s edutainment city in Qatar, have signed a partnership agreement to launch a Career Awareness Center, the first of its kind worldwide.

The edutainment city-based center will familiarize children and youth with career guidance concepts, and offer training to guide its young visitors toward career choices that align with their interests and skills.

Mrs. Machaille Al-Naimi, President of Community Development, QF, participated in the signing ceremony and welcomed the agreement, saying: “This partnership marks a milestone for QCDC, which works to raise awareness of, and promote, career guidance among young people across Qatar.

“It is an initiative that aligns with the overarching goals that QF strives to achieve through its ongoing community development efforts, and its vital role in instilling a culture of career guidance among Qatar’s youth and the wider public.”

Mr. Abdulla Ahmed Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “We are delighted to sign this agreement and join efforts with KidzMondo Doha for the benefit of today’s children and tomorrow’s youth. We will capitalize on every opportunity to engage with youth in a bid to achieve our mission of promoting career awareness and guidance.

“Through this QCDC-affiliated Career Awareness Center, we will be able to engage children whom we previously had no contact with, and help them to explore their optimal career paths by using an an approach that is both educational and recreational. Children will learn how to write a successful CV and gain insight into different disciplines, supporting them to choose the career path that best matches their qualifications and skills as they engage in activities and games that we have specifically designed to suit different age groups.”

Mr. Ali Kazma, CEO, Aura Lifestyle, the owning company of KidzMondo Doha, said: “Our partnership with QCDC will add value to our mini edutainment city and provide an opportunity for children to engage in exciting and interactive educational activities at KidzMondo.”

The recreational environment at KidzMondo Doha will offer children an integrated learning experience that enhances their abilities and skills, and reflects QCDC’s efforts to build national capacities and help young people plan their careers based on the future dynamics of Qatar’s labor market.

KidzMondo Doha features an interactive edutainment park developed for, and managed solely by, children between the ages of two and 14. It has been designed to provide a fun-filled and holistic learning experience, supporting children’s physical and mental growth while helping them to boost their self-esteem and confidence.

The self-sufficient city – which has its own ‘economy’ and ‘currency’ – includes over 80 establishments across a diverse range of business environments, and allows children to dress up and role-play realistic tasks in a safe, interactive, and educational environment. Through its management, facilities, and public services, it provides an integrated and interactive experience that unlocks children’s imagination and creativity and empowers them with knowledge, essential skills, and life-lessons, preparing them for their professional careers.

Jun 03, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), participated in the recent 2018 Asia Pacific Career Development Association’s (APCDA) conference, an international forum for sharing career development ideas and expertise in the Asia Pacific region.

The 2018 edition of the annual conference, entitled ‘Connecting Career, Family and Society,’ was hosted by Tsinghua University on 15–19 May 2018, in Beijing, China.

QCDC was represented by Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, and Ms. Effrosyni Dimitrios, Senior Career Programs and Services Officer. During the conference, QCDC presented a paper on aligning career development objectives with the needs of the Qatari market.

The paper, titled ‘Aligning the Aspirations and Skills of Qatar’s Youth with the Needs of the Qatari Economy,’ is based on a series of research activities conducted from 2015 to 2017 in an attempt to document current career guidance practices in Qatar, identify opportunities and constraints, and offer recommendations for improvements to help align the aspirations and skills of Qatar’s youth with the needs of the Qatari economy.

On the sidelines of the conference, Al-Mansoori and Dimitrios engaged in site visits to key career organizations in China and met with many international experts to discuss global best practices and exchange expertise on career development strategies.

Through its participation in the APCDA conference, QCDC seeks to advance career development practices in Qatar further, Al-Mansoori explained.

“By drawing on our international engagement and collaborating with distinguished foreign experts, QCDC seeks to further promote Qatari capacity-building and empower youth to better plan their career paths in line with their potential, the future needs of Qatar’s labor market and the requirements of Qatar National Vision 2030,” Al Mansoori said.

APCDA, a non-profit association incorporated for educational purposes in the state of Maryland, USA, provides training to professionals engaged in facilitating career development in the Asia Pacific region by organizing conferences, workshops, and networking events that bring together career development professionals to exchange expertise, share ideas, and collaborate on professional projects.

May 07, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has opened registration for the fifth edition of its Summer Career Camp, which welcomes high school students from across the country. The camp is designed to involve students in a stimulating experience that will assist them in making informed academic and career decisions.

The camp takes place at the Education City Student Center from July 1-12, from 8am to 2pm with separate classes held for boys and girls.

The two-week camp will feature a variety of activities and educational programs, as well as stimulating workshops designed to provide students with a practical skill set and knowledge that can help inspire them when planning their career and academic paths. Students will also have access to QCDC’s Career Advising System (CAS), which features diverse and innovative components as well as psychometric and personality assessment tools to help students identify the most appropriate academic and career paths in line with the future needs of Qatar.

A full day will be dedicated to training students on a range of life skills designed to prepare youth and shape their personalities before joining universities. These include ‘Getting Ready for University’, ‘How to Prepare your Resume’ and ‘How to Introduce Yourself to Society’, in addition to training on a set of practical skills that students will find useful when traveling for a study abroad program.

The camp also offers opportunities for site visits and job shadowing programs at leading organizations in Qatar, providing students with first-hand knowledge of workplace environments to give them a glimpse into career and professional life and help them match their abilities and skills with various career choices. The site visits will provide an opportunity to familiarize students with the dynamics of Qatar’s labor market across various industries and the future needs of the state.

Six days will be dedicated to site visits at institutions operating across various sectors in Qatar. These include a ‘Medical Day’ sponsored by Hamad Medical Corporation, an ‘Agriculture Day’ sponsored by the Quranic Botanic Garden, an ‘Engineering Day’ sponsored by Qatar Petroleum, a ‘Banking Day’ sponsored by Qatar National Bank, a ‘Media Day’ sponsored by Northwestern University in Qatar, and a ‘Transport Day’ sponsored by Qatar Airways.

Mr Saad Al-Kharji, Head of Career Programs and Services, QCDC, said: “The Summer Career Camp is a unique program that introduces students to the different segments of Qatar’s labor market as well as various career challenges. The camp adds value by providing students with first-hand insight into career life, equipping Qatar’s emerging generation with the skills to take the nation’s labor market towards prosperity.”

The camp will feature a variety of recreational, sports, and educational activities. Participants will attend a series of handicraft workshops such as painting and photography, which will enable students to produce handmade crafts for at a special exhibition before the end of the camp. Students will also participate in a visit to AL SHAQAB, while a full-day field trip to the Visual Art Center will allow students to develop their talents and explore their artistic skills.

These workshops aim to equip students with a wide range of personal and life skills as well as to bolster their self-confidence, communication skills, and teamwork among other skills that will come in handy when entering the labor market.

The final day of the camp will include an introductory session about universities in Qatar, such as Qatar Foundation’s universities in Education City and Qatar University, among others. Representatives of these universities will provide students with an overview of their academic programs and admission requirements, which will help students to make informed academic decisions and prepare for university life.

All students who complete the program will be awarded participation certificates. The camp’s activities and programs will be delivered in Arabic only.

Students can register for the Summer Career Camp 2018 through QCDC’s website starting from the first week of May to June 26.

To ensure their participation and guarantee a seat in the Summer Camp, students are encouraged to register at their earliest convenience. Registration fees are reduced to QR 1,500 if applicants register before June 15 or if more than one sibling student is registered.

To learn more about QCDC’s Summer Career Camp 2018, please send an email to qcdc@qf.org.qa or call us on 4454 6815.

Apr 03, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) and Awsaj Academy, both members of Qatar Foundation, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at enhancing the delivery of career guidance services at Awsaj Academy.

The MoU, which was signed on the sidelines of QCDC’s Career Guidance Stakeholders Platform 2018, will contribute to the efforts aimed at instilling a career guidance culture within Qatar’s socioeconomic fabric.

QCDC has tailored the initiative to students who are eager to learn outside the classroom. The program will unfold in two stages: the pilot phase, designed for the remainder of the 2018 academic year, will bring together 20 senior students from the Awsaj Prime program – launched in February 2015 as Qatar’s first blended learning program; while the second phase is planned for the next academic year 2018-2019, and will target more students.

QCDC will work with Awsaj Academy on enhancing its delivery of career guidance services through a four-step process that falls in line with the best international practices and adapts specially selected models into the local context in a bid to help guide youth into making informed choices about their future. The initiative will also create more opportunities for students and graduates to grow their skills, reshape society’s approach to education and learning, and establish local career ecosystems that work.

Awsaj Academy is a K-12 specialized school that addresses the needs of students with mild to moderate learning challenges. Awsaj Academy is the only school of its kind in Qatar and one of only a handful of schools dedicated to working with students who have demonstrated aptitude in certain areas while facing academic challenges in others.

Apr 03, 2018

Under the patronage of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation (QF), Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of QF, has wrapped up the second edition of its Career Guidance Stakeholders Platform.

The event, which took place at the Qatar National Convention Centre under the theme ‘Moving Operationally to Strategically Enhance Career Guidance in the State of Qatar’, brought together a large number of senior government officials and ministers.

These included H.E. Salah bin Ghanem Al-Ali, Minister of Culture and Sports; H.E. Dr. Issa Saad Al Jafali Al Nuaimi, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour And Social Affairs; and H.E. Dr. Mohammed Abdul Wahed Ali Al Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education. Additionally, Omran Al-Kuwari, Acting CEO, Executive Director-CEO Office, Qatar Foundation, and Mrs. Machaille Al-Naimi, President of Community Development, Qatar Foundation, were also in attendance.

The event, organized in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Doha Office and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, comes within the framework of QCDC’s commitment to delivering on the priorities stipulated by His Highness the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani in his address to citizens and residents of Qatar in July 2017, when he stressed the importance of investing in the development of national human capital.

In his opening speech, Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “Nation-building requires a diverse set of competencies, skills, and jobs to ensure self-sufficiency when it comes to the local labor force required to bolster the state’s economy at present and in the future. Many professions that young people may choose to pursue in the future have yet to exist. Raising awareness about various options and how to obtain more information about future careers are key elements of national career development and are at the core of QCDC’s mission.

“Qatar is currently well positioned to develop career guidance programs and initiatives that instill career guidance within the nation’s social and economic fabric. QCDC is collaborating with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, UNESCO, and public and private institutions represented today, to create a framework for the development of standards and policies for career guidance at the national level and to identify the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders in the implementation of this strategy inspired by the Qatar Education and Training Strategy 2017-2022. This event highlights the importance of integrating technology-based career guidance services and resources and applying UNESCO’s technical and vocational education and training (TVET) standards,” Mr. Al-Mansoori added.

The event brought together more than 250 participants from Qatar and around the world. Participants included policy-makers, decision-makers, and senior executives from international organizations such as UNESCO and government institutions such as the Ministry Education and Higher Education, the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Development Planning and Statistics, and the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

Representatives from educational institutions including QF, Qatar University, Community College of Qatar, College of the North Atlantic – Qatar, and national talent development committees in institutions like Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Petroleum, Sidra Medicine, and Qatar Airways also participated in the event.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Raimo Vuorinen, Associate Professor at the Finnish Institute for Educational Research, at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland and Vice-President of the International Association for Vocational and Educational Guidance, said: “After this event, we will first seek to agree on a strategy and standardized policies that will identify how different government sectors and agencies could work together in harmony for a common goal. As we move forward, such strategies would serve as catalysts that would speed up the development process.”

In her speech, Dr. Faryal Khan, Programme Specialist for Education, UNESCO Doha Office, emphasized that “Qatar, alongside its partners on the national, regional, and global levels, is a leading country in promoting career guidance in accordance with a well-planned agenda that falls in line with its national strategies and vision.”

The opening ceremony also featured a plenary session, which brought together Professor Sheikha Abdulla Al-Misnad, Former President, Qatar University; Mr. Saif Al-Kaabi, Human Resources Department Manager, Public Works Authority; and Mrs. Fawzia Abdulaziz Al-Khater, Assistant Under-Secretary for Educational Affairs, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, and was moderated by Mr. Jaber bin Nasser Al Marri, Managing Editor, Al Arab newspaper.
During the discussion, Mrs. Al Khater stated: “The Ministry of Education and Higher Education is fully aware of the importance of promoting career guidance and has long sought to advance this objective, preparing students to easily access the labor market or universities. In a first step towards achieving this objective, the ministry has designated academic counselors across secondary schools in Qatar and established an academic guidance department to train and empower counselors. The ministry has also ratified agreements with various government agencies to develop the Basic Skills course that is being taught to 10th grade students to equip youth with the necessary skills for post-public education.”
Participants were then divided into 10 focus groups including four roundtable discussion groups and six knowledge and practice exchange groups.

Roundtable discussion groups were aimed at developing concrete actions needed to operationally move towards development of career guidance in Qatar along four strategic dimensions. Expressed in terms of topical discussion areas, these dimensions aim to provide the foundational work needed to develop: (1) national level career guidance framework, standards, and policies; (2) stakeholders’ roles in, and responsibilities for, implementing Qatar’s career guidance strategy for 2017-2022; (3) technology driven career guidance services and resources; and (4) UNESCO’s career guidance standards related to TVET.

The six knowledge and practice exchange groups, on the other hand, touched on cases of best career guidance practices in Qatar. The six cases included: (1) maximizing the impact of career guidance on national talent development programs, (2) employability skills development program for university students, (3) further development of entrepreneurship practices in Qatar, (4) career development framework for students with special abilities, (5) integrated career guidance in the secondary education curriculum – the Finnish experience, and (6) assessing the life-skills program implemented across secondary schools in Qatar.

Group members also took part in valuable discussions on how to address strategic and national career-guidance related issues before making a number of key recommendations on the development of an organizational structure for career guidance and career development in Qatar.

Mar 15, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation, has organized two career development workshops aimed at helping students develop their skills and capabilities and acquire the knowledge and practices necessary to manage their future career paths, by instilling the concept of career development and raising career awareness among youth.

QCDC delivered the first workshop, entitled “University Readiness” on March 13, 2018, for secondary school students at the Community Private School for Girls, while the second workshop, entitled “Developing Positive Self-Image”, was delivered on March 14, 2018, for high school students at Rawdat Rashed Independent School for Girls.

The two workshops are part of the “Workshop Series”, organized by QCDC for secondary school students, in order to lay the foundations of a supportive and stimulating environment that empowers youth in line with QCDC’s belief in their fundamental role in the advancement of society.

Feb 25, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, organized two career development workshops, titled “Discover Your Dream Career” and “Positive Self-Image”, on February 12 and 14, 2018, for high school students at Al-Ghuwayriyah School for girls.

The workshops aimed at helping students to develop their skills and capabilities and to acquire the knowledge and practices necessary to manage their future career paths, by instilling the concept of career development and spread professional awareness among them.

The two workshops are part of the “Workshop Series”, organized by QCDC for secondary school students, in order to provide a supportive, stimulating environment for them to build their own capabilities, in line with QCDC’s belief in their fundamental role in the advancement of society.

Feb 25, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, organized a workshop titled ‘The Role of Parents in Guiding their Children’s Career Paths’, which discussed the impact parents have on their children’s career-related decisions, and the importance of introducing career guidance to both parents and their children.

The workshop, which was delivered by Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, presented the ‘Career Decision-Making Paradigm’, a tool that aims to assist individuals, particularly young people, to identify optimal academic and career paths.

This workshop is part of a joint program between QCDC and Awsaj Academy, which will be revealed soon.

Feb 19, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has participated in the National Sport Day by organizing a range of football activities designed for people of all ages and athletic abilities, at QF’s Oxygen Park.

This participation is part of QCDC’s contribution to QF’s efforts to help build an active, sports-loving community and encourage various members of the community to make long-term changes for a healthy lifestyle.

Feb 06, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), is participating in the Education City Career Fair 2018 organized by Hamad Bin Khalifa University, on February 6 and 7, 2018, at the Education City Student Center.

QCDC’s participation in the Fair is in line with its efforts to support national capacity-building and help young people plan their careers according to their capabilities and to the future labor market needs in Qatar.

The Fair allows students and graduates to connect with potential employers, know more about the various available career opportunities, and inquire about opportunities for training, sponsorship or full-time employment.

Feb 05, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has successfully completed the fourth edition of its Winter Career Camp with a closing ceremony at the Education City Student Center. During the event, participating students were awarded certificates of completion in the presence of their parents, along with press and community members.

The week-long camp provided an integrated educational and recreational experience for secondary school students, who learned many life and practical skills.

Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “Our Winter Career Camp is designed with a very simple, yet effective, approach: young participants are given the opportunity to reflect and learn about their abilities, skills, and professional preferences in a simple, enjoyable, and uncomplicated way, with the aim of choosing the career that best suits their talents.”

Al-Mansoori also added that “the camp is in line with the various events and activities held by QCDC, with the aim to instill the basics of a strong career culture in our society and spread awareness about how important it is to create a better future for young people and the country as a whole.”

During the camp, students visited institutions operating across various fields including tourism, transportation, culture, and media; as they listened to specialists in these fields and gained first-hand knowledge about the nature of the professions available in these institutions and a realistic understanding of professional life.

The students began the camp with a visit to QF Headquarters and were introduced to the Qatar National Library, Education City, and QF’s partner universities. On the second day, students went to Katara to learn about its cultural centers, and also visited Sawt Al Khaleej radio station, the Visual Art Center, the Youth Hobbies Center, and Brooq Magazine. Northwestern University in Qatar also hosted the participants at its studio in Katara, where they participated in a live demonstration for TV presentation, and were introduced to various specialties within the media industry.

On the third day, Qatar Tourism Authority introduced the students to the field of tourism and the professions available to them, with a site visit to a hotel to learn about hospitality. Following this, the students went to the Qatar Railways Company, commonly known as Qatar Rail, and learned about careers in the field of transport and public transportation. On the fourth day, students went to Qatar Airways, where a group of aviation specialists introduced them to aviation and the Cadet Pilot Programme. The students then conducted live demonstrations for taking off and landing in a flight simulator.

The final day of the camp included an introductory session about universities in Qatar, such as Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar University, Community College of Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Stenden University Qatar, among others. Representatives of these universities provided students with an overview of their academic programs and admission requirements, which will help students to make informed academic decisions and prepare for university life.

“My goal was to gain diverse experiences and learn about the various disciplines and career options available to me. Through the visits we made during the camp and the various live demonstrations we participated in, such as the exercise at the radio station, I managed to overcome my fear of public speaking. I enjoyed this experience a lot,” said Khadija Ali Al Khayat, a participant in the Winter Career Camp 2018.

Students also participated in various educational career activities, programs, and interactive training workshops to increase their awareness about the importance of academic and professional planning for their future. The activities and workshops were designed to provide students with a range of useful practical skills, enhance their self-confidence, and instill entrepreneurship, perseverance, and teamwork.

On the closing day, the students attended a workshop titled ‘The Role of Parents in Guiding their Children’s Career Paths’, where they explored how parents influence their children’s decision-making and the importance of introducing the concepts of career guidance to families. The workshop also examined the Career Decision-Making Paradigm, which is a practical tool and a mental probing exercise that aims to assist individuals, particularly young people, in identifying suitable academic and career paths.

Jan 09, 2018

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has opened registration for the fifth edition of its Career Advisor Training Course (CATC). The initiative aims to provide participants with essential career guidance and planning skills to assist young people in their professional development journeys.

Launched in 2015, CATC is the first customized training program for careers advisors in Qatar and the Arabian Gulf region. This year it is set to take place from March 4–8, from 8:30am to 3:30pm, at the Education City Clubhouse.

The course, offered only in English, brings together career advisors, academic and vocational counsellors, human resources personnel, professors, instructors, scholars, and parents who play a key role in their children’s career decisions.

Mr. Abdulla Ahmed Al Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “Following the success of the previous editions of the Career Advisor Training Course, we are delighted to once again offer it to those interested in developing key career guidance skills. During the five-day program, participants will learn how to use technology-based applications that benefit career development and how to make better-informed choices about post-secondary majors in order to help students or adults with their career choices and planning. The course plays a crucial role in shaping the future of the country as it provides participants with the necessary skills to guide young people in Qatar.”

Course instructors include Anita Abraham, Professional Development Specialist of Science, National Center for Educational Development, College of Education, Qatar University, who has worked in the field of education for 25 years; and Susanna Mascarenhas, Professional Development Specialist, National Center for Educational Development, College of Education, Qatar University, who, with a career spanning 28 years in Doha, has seen first-hand the growth of education in Qatar.

The course will focus on nine areas, including ‘Helping Skills’, ‘Career Development and Choice Theory’, ‘Assessment and Career Planning’, ‘The Role of Information in Career Planning’, ‘Ethical Guidelines’, ‘Working with Groups’, ‘Using Technology’, ‘Employability Skills’, and ‘Program Planning and Implementation’.

Additionally, throughout the duration of the course, and six months thereafter, participants will have access to an online interface for the course, which will serve as a knowledge bank.

Registration fees for the CATC is QR 5,000, and can be paid at QCDC offices located at the QF Housing Maintenance Building, adjacent to the Education City Clubhouse. Those who register before February 5 will be offered a discounted rate.

To register, or learn more about CATC, please visit www.qcdc.org.qa, call 4454 6815, or email qcdc@qf.org.qa.

Dec 24, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center invites you to participate in the activities hosted by Qatar Foundation’s tent at Darb Al Saai, between December 9 and 20, 2017.

QCDC is offering an activity that features an interactive variant of the traditional game “Snakes and Ladders.” The game, intended for primary and preparatory school students, features career and educational dimensions. To win, students would have to correctly answer questions related to various careers across Qatar.

The recreational activity aims to promote career awareness among students and introduce youth to various careers that Qatar has to offer in the transport, media, entrepreneurship and medical fields.

Dec 21, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation, has opened registration for the fourth edition of its Winter Career Camp. The career guidance initiative provides secondary school students with an ‘edutainment’ experience and enables them to explore various professions through site visits to leading organizations in Qatar.

The camp, which takes place from January 28 to February 1, 2018, will see students visit a number of leading organizations to learn more about different career paths, allowing them to explore the professions that best match their interests and skills. It is open for male and female students, with separate classes held for each group at the Education City Student Center.

Commenting on the event, Mr. Abdullah Ahmed Al Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “The Winter Career Camp is one of our key career guidance initiatives at QCDC because of the great value it offers to participating students. The camp’s various activities and workshops assist students in choosing their future career path by gaining a first-hand insight into the nature of each profession.”

The Winter Career Camp 2018 will also introduce students to a number of universities in Qatar, including Qatar University, Community College of Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, and Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. Representatives from each of the academic institutes will provide students with an overview of their programs and admission requirements, which will help students to make informed decisions and prepare for university life.

Over the course of the five-day camp, students will participate in a variety of activities, stimulating workshops, and training programs that are designed to raise awareness about the importance of academic and career guidance among participants, equip them with the practical skills to succeed and instill a spirit of perseverance and teamwork among participants.

To learn more about QCDC Winter Career Camp 2018 or to register, please visit our website: www.qcdc.org.qa, call: 44546815, or e-mail: qcdc@qf.org.qa.

Nov 29, 2017

Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has released the 7th edition of its annual Career Guide magazine. The magazine aims to provide a wealth of information to Qatari youth, school and university graduates, parents, researchers, and experts in the fields of career guidance and human development.

The 68-page bilingual magazine offers valuable career tips to guide Qatari youth into choosing the career path that aligns best with their skills and aspirations, as well as the future needs of Qatar’s labor market.

The release of the magazine comes within the framework of QCDC’s comprehensive efforts to guide and empower Qatari youth to take their future in their own hands, a right that Qatar has long guaranteed to enable its youth to contribute to the country’s economic development.

Commenting on the release of the magazine’s latest issue, Mr. Abdulla Ahmed Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: “Our country has always sought to secure a better and prosperous future for its youth in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, by supporting scientific progress and innovation across all fields in the interest of the nation and its people. We are honored today to follow in the footsteps of His Highness, by promoting youth development and guiding students into laying the foundations for a bright professional future that aligns with their potential and the requirements of Qatar National Vision 2030.

“We have adopted an approach based on three anchors of career guidance, comprising structured educational and training platforms, awareness and expertise exchange platforms, and knowledge creation and promotion platforms. The Career Guide offers an overview of the programs and services organized by QCDC throughout the year as well as the various activities aimed at engaging youth. The magazine also strives to promote a culture of career guidance among members of Qatar’s society,” Al-Mansoori said.

The magazine features reports on how to successfully spend the first day at work, the role of parents in their children’s success, how to regain confidence after a failed job interview, and how individuals should manage their finances, among other useful topics.

The magazine also includes five interviews with Qatari professionals, who discuss their work experience and provide valuable advice to youth. Professionals featured in this issue include a dentist, inspector, researcher, artist, and programmer. By sharing their experiences, these professionals provide an overview of the skills required in each profession, and offer advice to young people looking to pursue a career in one of these fields.

The latest issue of the Career Guide also includes a special feature on national service and its role in training human resources, as well as QCDC’s role in preparing youth who have completed their national service to resume their professional career. QCDC is offering a series of workshops to help professionals resume work, particularly those who had a break for national service reasons, but also for other reasons such as educational, medical, or pregnancy.

To introduce its Career Guide, QCDC is working with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to arrange visits to various schools across Qatar, to distribute the magazine and brief students on its content. The 7th edition was distributed to various stakeholders including schools, universities, government and private institutions, embassies, sports clubs, and youth centers.

Since 2016, QCDC has distributed more than 10,000 copies of the guide to schools, universities, and educational institutions across Qatar in a bid to promote a culture of career guidance among youth.

QCDC has also launched the publication’s new smartphone application, the first by a QF publication, which reflects the organization’s ongoing efforts to promote youth engagement in Qatar.

Nov 22, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), recently delivered two workshops as part of Doha Learning Week 2017.

The first workshop, titled ‘The Role of Parents in Guiding their Children’s Career Paths’, discussed the impact parents have on their children’s career-related decisions, and the importance of introducing career guidance to both parents and their children.

The workshop, which was delivered by Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, brought together more than 45 parents and their children to learn about the ‘Career Decision-Making Paradigm’, a tool that aims to assist individuals, particularly young people, to identify optimal academic and career paths.

The second workshop, titled ‘Technology-Driven Career Advising Skills’, was aimed at introducing and training school counselors to use QCDC’s new Career Advising System across schools. The workshop attracted more than 30 public and private school counselors who received certificates of participation.

QCDC also participated in the TEDx Forum at the Qatar National Library, where the center set up a special pavilion highlighting the importance of career guidance as well as QCDC’s various programs and services. The pavilion attracted a large number of visitors, including Her Excellency Sheikha Hind bint Hamad Al Thani, Vice Chairperson and CEO of Qatar Foundation.

Doha Learning Week, Qatar’s first education festival, was launched by the World Innovation Summit for Education, also an initiative of QF. The week-long festival was a collaboration of various local partners, and celebrated local education initiatives and resources.

Aug 14, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Science, Education and Community Development (QF), organized on Saturday, August 12, 2017, a workshop on ‘Career Readiness Skills’ at Education City Clubhouse.

The workshop, which brought together more than 20 attendees from QF and QF-member universities, was organized in collaboration with QF’s Facilities and Community Services.

The workshop aimed at helping the attendees, aged 18 to 25, develop their personal skills and talents as to empower them to pursue academic studies in-line with their potential and career aspirations.

Jul 30, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) has concluded the fourth edition of its Summer Career Camp, with 55 secondary school students taking part. The two-week camp featured a variety of activities and educational programs, as well as stimulating workshops that offered practical skills and knowledge to help inspire students as they plan their future academic and career paths.

A large number of Qatari students participated in the camp, which included site visits to leading organizations in Qatar such as Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar Tourism Authority, Msheireb Museums, Qatar Development Bank, and Qatar Business Incubation Center. These visits offered a glimpse into different professions, and taught students about the career opportunities available at each organization. Students also participated in a number of workshops delivered by the organizations to help them match their abilities and skills with a variety of career choices.

Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director of QCDC, said: “We’re pleased with the number of Qatari youth who have benefited from QCDC’s efforts, which aim to help young people make more informed career choices. The decisions they make today will not only shape their futures, but will also outline the future of the country. Therefore, we must ensure that these decisions are made in a mindful and informed manner, and identify the various associated factors.”

“Through this camp and all of its other programs and initiatives, QCDC aims to keep Qatar’s youth in mind and help them to make positive career choices, which, in turn, are in the best interest of Qatar and its future,” he added.

As part of the educational workshops, the students learned how to write resumes and prepare for university admissions; both important skills as they progress through their academic and career paths.

The Summer Career Camp 2017 focused on additional topics such as entrepreneurship and handicraft projects, in order to demonstrate careers outside traditional office jobs, including starting a business and making use of personal talents. Students also participated in a series of handicraft workshops, including a session on how to make perfume. The students were then given the opportunity to produce their own perfumes by mixing various oils and scents.

This year’s camp featured special guest Sheikha Al Wadaani, a Qatari psychology major at the University of Sussex in England. In 2013, Al Wadaani created a new game as part of her participation in the INJAZ competition, where she won the ‘Best Student Company in Qatar’ award. Later, she participated in the INJAZ Al-Arab regional competition, where she was nominated for the ‘Best Social Impact’ award. Al Wadaani’s game, titled ‘Learn and Enjoy,’ aims to teach students about different school curricula and subjects, and was inspired by the famous board game Monopoly.

Al Wadaani shared her success story with the students and invited them to modify her game to be more career-relevant. Students in turn shared what they learned during the Summer Career Camp 2017.

Additionally, QCDC and Al Wadaani have collaborated to develop a practical framework to launch a new version of the ‘Learn and Enjoy’ game focusing on four key areas: military, medicine, business, and tourism. The camp’s attendees were divided into different groups to add more areas, topics, and questions to the game. This new version of the game will be used by QCDC in its various trainings, workshops, camps, and programs.

Commenting on her experience, Mai Al Qubaisi, a participating student, said: “I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the camp, as we’ve benefited a lot from our participation. We learned how to decide on our academic choices and have a better understanding of our capabilities. I advise all students to join the coming editions of the camp, and urge them to work for the development of our country to achieve the Qatar National Vision 2030, because Qatar deserves the best from its people.”

The Summer Career Camp is one of several initiatives organized by QCDC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), designed to help Qatari youth make decisions on their academic and professional potential.

Jul 09, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) kicked off the fourth edition of its Summer Career Camp on Sunday, July 9, 2017, with the participation of more than 55 high school students from across the country. The camp is designed to give high school students a stimulating experience that will assist them in making informed academic and career decisions.

The two-week camp will feature a variety of activities and educational programs, as well as workshops that have been designed to provide the students with a practical skill set and knowledge that can inspire them when planning their career and academic paths.

It will also include site visits and job shadowing programs at leading organizations in Qatar to provide the participating students with first-hand knowledge of workplace environments and give them a glimpse into career and professional life. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in a variety of recreational, sports and educational activities.

Jun 06, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, designed to promote educational and career guidance-related activities and support professional development in Qatar.

Mr. Abdulla Ahmed Al Mansoori, Director of QCDC, and Mrs. Rima Mohammed Abu Khadija, Director of the Ministry’s Educational Supervision Department, officiated at the signing ceremony.

Mrs. Abu Khadija described the partnership agreement as a crucial step towards the accomplishment of the objectives of the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the National Development Strategy 2017-2022.

“Qatar Career Development Center is one of the most active organizations in promoting national capacity-building and supporting Qatari youth to choose the career path that best fits their potential and future labor market needs. The center’s efforts are in line with the Ministry’s mission to provide diverse learning opportunities that empower students to contribute effectively to the Qatari workforce and community, and prepare them to join higher education institutions and the labor market.”

Mr. Al Mansoori said: “This partnership agreement is the culmination of our cooperation and coordination efforts with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. It adds value to Qatar Career Development Center and represents a strategic step forward in our journey to support Qatar and its youth.”

“The agreement promotes cooperation between our center and the Ministry through the exchange of expertise and knowledge, and the organization of joint programs and initiatives. One of the most important cooperation aspects is the integration of QCDC’s Career Advising System (CAS) into the national education framework.”

CAS was developed by QCDC in cooperation with Kuder Inc, a world leader in career planning services. It is a comprehensive career assessing and planning solution that assists students in choosing an education and career path that best matches their skills and interests.

The ratification of the MoU will pave the way for further cooperation between the Ministry and QCDC, building on previous joint initiatives such as the Professional Career Counselor Program. The program, which took place last December, brought together more than 50 career counselors from independent schools across Qatar with the aim of developing the skills of academic and professional counselors by equipping them with the tools to provide students with professional support.

In another recent joint initiative, QCDC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), concluded the third edition of its Career Counselors Training Program, an event organized in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Qatar, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The program was tailored to provide level-specific training to independent school counselors and provide them with the necessary tools to guide students into planning and choosing their education and career paths.

May 15, 2017

DOHA, QATAR, May 14, 2017: Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) has successfully wrapped up the third edition of its Career Counsellors Training Program. The annual event, organized in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Qatar, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, was tailored this year to provide level-specific training to independent school counsellors.

More than 23 newcomers participated in beginner sessions on how best to guide young students to make informed academic and career decisions, while 33 experienced counsellors joined discussions on issues such as the impact of counsellor training programs and efforts to professionalize career guidance practices. A number of key presentations were open to both beginner and experienced counsellors.

Margo McCoy, a U.S. licensed Professional Counsellor, and Patrick Desbarats, head of the Counselling and College Placement at the American School of Doha (ASD), delivered more than 15 presentations over a five-day period on topics ranging from post-secondary school options for students, to identifying the pillars of career and educational counselling.

Mr. Abdullah Al Mansoori, Director of QCDC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), said the latest edition of the program was designed to capitalize on its success in previous years.

“By tailoring sessions to match school counsellors’ level of experience, QCDC sought to ensure that all participants gained the most from taking part in this important program, enabling them to empower Qatari youth to better serve the nation,” Al Mansoori said.

Echoing Mr. Al Mansoori, Mrs. Noor Al-Maadheed, Head of Academic Counseling, Department of Educational Supervision at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, highlighted the workshop’s contribution to unlocking human potential among academic counsellors.

“The program lays the foundations for the promotion of a career guidance culture in Qatar. It aims to provide counsellors with the necessary knowledge to guide students into choosing the right career path that will ultimately enable the local students to contribute to the creation of a sustainable, competitive and diversified economy in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030,” Mrs. Al-Maadheed said.

“I would like to thank QCDC and the U.S. Embassy in Qatar for their efforts in organizing this program and hope for further collaboration in the coming years.”

Nahid Lawson, Education Advisor at the U.S. Embassy in Qatar, said: “We are very pleased that for the third consecutive year we were able to collaborate with QCDC and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to provide much-needed training for school counsellors. Our trainer, Margo McCoy, is an expert in her field with many years of experience in counselling and training. It is our hope that school counsellors are able to implement the knowledge and practical tips learnt this week at their schools so we have better prepared students joining colleges in Qatar or overseas.”

Ms. McCoy, who played a key role in delivering the program over the past three years, said she was most impressed with the genuine desire of the counsellors in Qatar to serve their students and assist them in making informed decisions that shape their future as they are moving towards the college admission process.

May 01, 2017

Around 600 high school students from across Qatar recently participated in the Qatar Career Development Center’s (QCDC) Career Village event at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center.

The event took place from April 26 – 27 with the participation of parents, career counselors and academics from various public schools. It also brought together representatives from leading Qatar-based companies and institutions from sectors including education, finance and business, energy and manufacturing, communications, health, municipalities, environment, media, and security.

The event was designed to familiarize high school students with career opportunities across various sectors, as well as the dynamics and challenges of Qatar’s diverse labor market. Exhibitors presented a series of interactive workshops, simulating real work practices to offer practical and hands-on experience and knowledge about career fields that will enable them to best serve their country.

Khaloud Al-Mannai, Head of Programs, QCDC, said: “I would like to commend all those who contributed to the success of the Career Village, which surpassed all our expectations. Over the past two days, students have learned about career opportunities that support the growth and progress of Qatar and help address the main challenges in the labor market. I would also like to thank the exhibitors for introducing the students to professions across their various departments, thus empowering the youth to contribute to the prosperity of the Qatari labor market.”

Exhibitors offered students insights into a range of work fields, as well as the scholarships and training programs they offer. Participating organizations included: the Ministry of Interior, the General Authority of Customs, Qatar Airways, Qatar Rail, Qatar News Agency, Qatar National Bank, the Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration Independent School, Hamad Medical Corporation, RasGas, The Center for Geographic Information Systems at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar Media Corporation, Ooredoo, Texas A&M University at Qatar, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, Qatar Biobank, the Career Services Center at Qatar University, INJAZ Qatar, the Permanent Committee for Drugs and Alcohol Affairs, Qatar Scientific Club, and Total.

Career Village is one of several initiatives organized by QCDC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), to guide Qatari youth into making informed decisions that reflect positively on their academic and professional futures.

Apr 30, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) has invited high school students to participate in their Career Village initiative, which takes place at the Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center on April 26 – 27, from 9am to 2pm.

Career Village brings together representatives from leading Qatar-based corporations and institutions from numerous industries including education, finance, business, energy, manufacturing, communications, health, municipality, environment, media and military. The event aims to instill a strong career culture among Qatari high school students and to familiarize them with the dynamics and challenges of Qatar’s labor market in addition to introducing them to career fields that enable them to best serve their country.

The first day of the event will be dedicated to male students while female students will be welcomed on the second day. Parents as well as career and academic counselors from independent schools across Qatar are invited to attend both days.

Mr. Abdullah Al Mansoori, Director of QCDC, said: “Career Village plays an important role in introducing students to new career paths and academic programs. Students can engage with participating institutions and universities to inquire about available opportunities and take part in activities organized by those institutions to familiarize themselves with career options.”

Organizations participating in Career Village include Qatar Airways, Qatar Rail, Qatar News Agency, National Bank of Qatar, Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration Independent School, Hamad Medical Corporation, RasGas, Center for Geographic Information Systems at the Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar Media Corporation, Ministry of Interior, General Authority of Customs, Ooredoo Telecom Company, Texas A&M University at Qatar, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, Qatar Biobank, Career Services Center at Qatar University, INJAZ Qatar, Permanent Committee for Drugs and Alcohol Affairs, Qatar Scientific Club, and Total.

Career Village is one of several initiatives organized by QCDC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), to guide Qatari youth into making informed decisions that reflect positively on their academic and professional futures.

Apr 09, 2017

Doha, Qatar, April 3, 2017: Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) has opened registration for the 4th edition of its Career Advisor Training Course (CATC), which aims to provide participants with the basic skills and essential knowledge of career advising and planning, enabling them to assist Qatar’s youth in their career journeys

The course, which will be offered in Arabic only, will bring together career advisors, academics, human resources professionals, and parents – who play a key role in their children’s career decisions – along with teachers and trainers.

The course will run from May 7 – 11, from 8am to 2pm, at Education City’s Recreation Center. Registration will continue until the beginning of May and early applicants will be offered discounted fees.

Mr. Abdullah Al Mansoori, Director of QCDC, said: “We are delighted with the success of the Career Advisor Training Course, a unique program that QCDC is offering exclusively in Qatar and the GCC region. The importance of the program lies in its uniqueness, since it equips graduates with the essential knowledge of career advising and planning so they can guide youth through their career journeys. The course is also certified by Kuder, Inc., a world leader in career planning services.”

The course enables applicants to gain insight into their own career development and to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the planning system at their sites, as well as to guide students on the use of technology-based applications that benefit career development.

The course will be presented by Dr. Tajalsir Kardaman, Career Counseling Consultant at QCDC. Dr. Kardaman holds a doctorate from Lancaster University, UK, where he also worked as a professor. He has significant experience in the fields of education, research, training and professional development in addition to extensive expertise in overseeing and implementing training and development programs. Before joining QCDC, Dr. Kardaman served as the Director of Qatar University’s Center of Continuity Education and Office of Faculty and Instructional Development.

Registration fees for the CATC can be paid at QCDC offices located at the QF Housing Maintenance Building, adjacent to the Education City Clubhouse.

Mar 14, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) is participating in the 2017 edition of the Education Conference and National Scientific Research Week ‘Pioneering and Creativity’, which is being organized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education from 14 to 16 March at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC).

The conference provides a platform for the exchange of expertise and knowledge between educators, academics and researchers on a variety of educational and research issues. The event also offers participants the opportunity to discuss challenges as well as practical and innovative solutions in the field of education.

This event features various activities and workshops on issues of interest to education experts.

The National Scientific Research Week exhibition, which takes place on the sidelines of the main event, also provides an opportunity for students and educators from schools across Qatar to acquire new knowledge and learn about the latest developments in the field of education.

Participants will exchange ideas and discuss research findings in a bid to improve the quality of education.

Mar 13, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) has wrapped up the most recent edition of its Ambassadors Program, which kicked off in October to help preparatory and secondary school students make informed decisions about their academic and professional futures.

The program aims to raise awareness among Qatari youth around professional development and equip students with the necessary skills to enable them to optimize their career and specialization plans, promoting a culture of initiative-taking, creativity and innovation. The months-long workshops focus on positive thinking, communication and life skills, career planning, team work and event management.

Commenting on the program, Mr. Shaheen Al-Sulaiti, Senior Operations Officer, QCDC, said: “The program’s vision draws inspiration from QCDC’s motto, ‘Your Future in Your Hands.’ It aims to create a motivating and supportive environment for Qatari youth, empowering them to build up their personal capabilities and competencies.”

“The program is an effective tool that contributes to the promotion of youth initiatives and embodies a long-term investment in young Qatari leadership that will play an integral role in paving the way for a prosperous future for our country,” Al-Sulaiti added.

34 students from Omar bin Al Khattab Preparatory Independent School for Boys, Omar bin Al Khattab Secondary Independent School for Boys and Khalifa Secondary Independent School for Boys participated in this year’s edition of the program, which featured various activities at Hamad bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Student Center in Education City. Additionally, 44 students from Al Bayan Secondary Independent School for Girls, Umm Hakeem Secondary Independent School for Girls, AlIeman Secondary Independent School for Girls and Ruqaya Preparatory Independent School for Girls also took part in activities that were organized at their institutions.

Participating students praised QCDC for the positive impact the program has made on their future career plans. “We came here today to attend a workshop on how to accomplish our objectives and plan our future. We have learned about the importance of setting personal goals and following specific steps to achieve those goal,” said Noor Faisal Al Sayegh, a student at Al Bayan Secondary Independent School for Girls.

“We are very grateful to Qatar Career Development Center for supporting us to overcome our fears, identify our strength and determine the most appropriate academic fields that correspond with our personalities,” Al Sayegh added.

The Ambassador Program is one of several initiatives organized each year by QCDC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF).

Mar 05, 2017

Members of Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) have participated in a health forum organized by the Hamad Medical Corporation. The forum entitled “Promoting Student health: An Investment in the Future” took place on February 27-28, 2017 at the Ruqaya Independent Preparatory School for Girls.

The forum aims to raise health awareness and reduce behavioral risks factors among youth by providing support for students on the psychological, social and cultural level and equipping them with the necessary skills to lead a healthy life.

QCDC representatives showcased a variety of activities and initiatives that the center has undertaken to bolster positive communication between students and their community.

The center’s representatives also familiarized youth with the different academic disciplines in the healthcare industry including medicine, nursing and pharmacy among other fields of study leading to a supply of skilled and educated labor.

Feb 22, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) has held a seminar on the role of career guidance in developing the national workforce and contributing to Qatar’s transition towards a knowledge-based economy.

The seminar, which took place at Hamad bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Student Center on February 16, brought together a large number of participants, including government officials, school counselors, professional consultants and representatives from the private sector.

The seminar outlined career planning and guidance practices in Qatar and provided suggestions on how to improve and enhance the nation’s career guidance system. Participants also touched on global career guidance practices and discussed the advantages and challenges of implementing such practices.

Dr. Tajalsir Ibrahim Kardaman, Career Counseling Consultant at QCDC, said: “This seminar highlighted the importance of career guidance in supporting Qatar’s transition to a knowledge-based economy. QCDC is keen on organizing various activities and programs and this event provided an excellent opportunity for career guidance specialists to establish and expand their networks. It also contributed to informing Qatar’s youth on career awareness. These initiatives encourage interactive engagement, collaboration and knowledge exchange among diverse stakeholders involved in the education-to-employment, career planning, and development and implementation process for Qatar’s youth, in line with QCDC’s mission.”

The seminar was moderated by Sylvia Nassar, a Professor and Doctoral Program Coordinator of Counselor Education at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Nassar, described students as one of the key stakeholders in the career guidance process, saying: “This student generation is technologically conscious so we really need to deliver information in a way that is appropriate to them. This includes offering online tutorials and various interactive courses.”

Dr. Nassar has served in a variety of clinical mental health, school, and college settings over the past 30 years, and launched several initiatives to promote the professionalism of counseling and counselor education.

She has published nearly 90 books, refereed articles, and other instructional materials and delivered more than 100 conference presentations. She was named the Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair from Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education for 2014-15 and Research Triangle Institute (RTI) – International University Scholar for 2016-17.

Mr. Mohamed Soueileh, Academic Advisor at Ahmed Bin Hanbal Independent Secondary School for Boys, and who was among the attendees, commented on the seminar saying: “We thank QCDC and Dr. Sylvia Nassar for offering us the opportunity to participate in events that contribute to the development of our skills and competencies. I have greatly benefited from Dr. Nassar’s expertise.”

QCDC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), awarded certificates of participation to attendees at the end of the seminar.

Feb 13, 2017

Members of Qatar Career Development Center’s staff exercising at one of Qatar Foundation’s recreation facilities.

February is the month when Qatar celebrates National Sport Day, and a time when institutions, government agencies and private companies host a range of exciting sports activities designed to inspire the entire community to exercise, as well as adopt healthy lifestyles.

As part of its commitment to promote a sports-loving culture among its employees, Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has set aside one work-hour every Tuesday for staff to exercise. Employees are encouraged to make use of QF’s recreation facilities.

Commenting on the initiative, Mr. Abdullah Al-Mansoori, Director of QCDC, said: “Good health is the most precious of all possessions. It is an essential part of our mission to pursue excellence in career development, possible only within a healthy society. Our National Sport Day initiative aims to encourage all QCDC employees to exercise at least one hour a week in line with QF’s commitment to help build a sports-loving culture in Qatar and encourage communities to live healthy, active lifestyles.”

QCDC launched this initiative on National Sport Day 2016 as it believes professional development begins with the preservation of its most important asset, its people. By dedicating one work-hour a week to exercise, the center is helping to support the health and wellbeing of its staff.

QCDC has now dedicated more than 600 work-hours to fitness, a number that is expected to rise as National Sport Day approaches.

Mr. Abdul Rahman Al-Kaabi, Marketing Officer at QCDC, said: “With daily work routines and life’s challenges normally topping our agendas, this QCDC initiative is a weekly reminder of the importance of our physical and mental health and of incorporating sports in our lives. This initiative also reflects positively through improved performance and efficiency in the workplace.”

Awatef Al-Salmi, a fitness coach at the Education City Clubhouse, praised QCDC’s employees for exercising on a weekly basis, saying staff have shown great enthusiasm and a high level of commitment to advancing their levels of fitness.

Feb 12, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) kicked off today the third edition of its five-day Career Advisor Training Course (CATC) at the Education City Clubhouse with the participation of 25 employees from Sidra Medical and Research Center.

The training course is part of a joint initiative between QCDC and Sidra Medical and Research Center. The initiative is aimed at promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise between member organizations of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development in line with the foundation’s mission to provide a better future for Qatar and its people.

QCDC is organizing the CATC for the third consecutive time, the only bilingual program of its kind in the GCC region.

Feb 08, 2017

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) has participated in third Joint Education City Career Fair that was organized by Hamad Bin Khalifa University on February 6-7, 2017.

The fair, which brought together hundreds of students from universities across Qatar, offered students the opportunity to interact with professionals in their field of study and to learn about employment prospects in a variety of industries.

QCDC’s participation in this joint initiative reflected its continued commitment to empowering Qatari youth by engaging students and providing them access to career guidance services and planning tools.

The fair was held in collaboration with Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar and Northwestern University in Qatar.

Feb 08, 2017

The role of career guidance in developing a national workforce and contributing to Qatar’s transition towards a knowledge-based economy
The seminar sheds light on the importance of career guidance and its role in supporting the human development pillar of the Qatar National Vision 2030 through the development of a national workforce that supports Qatar’s transition from a carbon to a knowledge-based economy.

The seminar outlines planning and career guidance services offered in Qatar and provides suggestions to improve and enhance the nation’s career guidance system in the future. The seminar also touches on international career guidance practices and draws lessons from the advantages and challenges facing such practices.

This seminar provides an excellent opportunity for career guidance experts to expand their network and contributes to educating the Qatari youth. The seminar also aims to encourage the exchange of knowledge among professionals involved in the development and implementation of education, employment, and career planning, guidance and professional development strategies aimed at empowering the Qatari youth.

Sylvia Nassar, a Professor and Doctoral Program Coordinator of Counselor Education at North Carolina State University, will moderate the seminar.

The seminar will be held in English with simultaneous translation into Arabic and attendees will be awarded certificates of participation.

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 9 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Location: Student Center at Hamad bin Khalifa University – Education City

To confirm attendance, please send an e-mail to: qcdc@qf.org.qa

About Sylvia Nassar

Sylvia Nassar is currently a Professor and Doctoral Program Coordinator of Counselor Education at North Carolina State University.

She has more than 30 years of experience in promoting the professionalism of counseling and counselor education and has published nearly 90 books, refereed articles, and other instructional materials on the subject.

She was named the Michael G. Morris Endowed Chair from Eastern Michigan University’s College of Education for 2014-15 and Research Triangle Institute (RTI) – International University Scholar for 2016-17.

Jan 25, 2017


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Students listen to a lecture organized by Msheireb Museums.


Students participate in a leadership skills workshop.

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) celebrated the successful completion of its Winter Career Camp 2017 in a ceremony on Thursday, January 19, at Hamad bin Khalifa University (HBKU) Student Center.

Eng. Meshal Al-Shamari, Director of Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC); Dr Abdul Ghafour Al Heeti, Director of Qatar Music Academy (QMA); and Hassan Al-Saai, Journalist and Anchor at Qatar TV attended the event, along with a number of media professionals and journalists. During the ceremony, certificates of participation were distributed to around 30 participating high school students.

The camp provides students with the basics of a strong career culture and helps them to discover their skills and talents, which will allow them to carefully choose their future careers.

The 2017 edition featured five days of interactive workshops designed to hone students’ personal skills and develop their professional capacities. The sessions included ‘Success Skills’, which aimed to equip students with the basic skills to excel in the labor market and succeed in their careers, and ‘Leadership Skills’, which introduced students to leadership traits and the principles of successful teamwork.

Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director of QCDC, said: “We are honored to graduate a new batch of students from the Winter Career Camp 2017, and we hope they will utilize the skills and abilities they have gained here to make decisions regarding their academic and career paths. QCDC aims to help youth in Qatar to join the labor market and help Qatar as it transforms to a sustainable diverse economy.”

QCDC has organized the Winter Career Camp for three consecutive years to help students secure a promising professional future. Shaheen Al-Sulaiti, QCDC Senior Operations Officer, said: “This year’s workshops and activities were aimed at equipping participants with the necessary skills to choose the career path that best fits their potential. Participants gained first-hand insights into job opportunities in Qatar through site visits to leading organizations across the country and gained the necessary professional skills to effectively and successfully prepare them to join the labor market.”

The site visits included a trip sponsored by Msheireb Museums to the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Jassim House, where students listened to a lecture about the history of the heritage house and its cultural significance to Qatar before inspecting the paintings and archaeological exhibits in the building.

Students also visited Lusail City, where they learned about the smart and sustainable design of leading residential and recreational landmarks as well as the self-sufficiency plans that characterize the modern and unique project, which include a light railway network and floating taxi system.

Students also toured the different facilities of Hamad International Airport, including observation towers, duty free shops, and airline and information offices. Additionally, participants visited the Immigration Department, where they learned about job opportunities at the airport and the responsibilities of each department.

The visits were also aimed at helping students enroll in the right school and university programs by learning about possible career opportunities, and enabling them to make important decisions in the coming years.

Students praised QCDC for its role in supporting future generations through such programs. Ahmed Al-Kuwari said: “After my visit to Msheireb Downtown Doha, I came to realize that I like the teaching profession because it helps familiarize community members with Qatar’s cultural heritage and history and contributes to the development of people’s skills and abilities.”

Additionally, Hassan Al Saai, said: “I wish I had had the opportunity to participate in such a useful activity during my study years, as it helps to instill a career culture among students and encourages them to discover their skills and talents. I would like to encourage others to take part in future editions so they too can acquire the basic skills that will help them excel in the job market and succeed in their careers.”

Dec 20, 2016

A group of attendees on the last day of the ‘Professional Career Counselor’ programme.

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) has concluded its four-day Professional Career Counselor programme, which took place from 19 to 22 December 2016 at the Education City Clubhouse. The programme saw the participation of more than 50 career counsellors and educators from independent schools across Qatar.

The training programme, a joint initiative between QCDC and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and in collaboration with Bedaya Center, aims to develop the skills of the academic and professional counsellors by equipping them with the necessary skills and to provide students with professional support.

Explaining the significance of the program, Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director of QCDC, said: “The Professional Career Counselor programme aims to equip career counsellors with the tools and resources they require in order to offer the best career counseling services to students, so that they can properly chart their academic and career paths. This is especially important since professional and educational counseling remains a relatively new field in many of Qatar’s independent and private schools. In addition to that, many counsellors lack the requisite qualifications and experience that enables them to effectively deliver their services, which further highlights the importance of such a programme.”

“This programme provides an opportunity for a comprehensive counselling development in the State of Qatar. Besides offering an advanced training for counsellors, it underscores the principles of career guidance while providing participants with the strategies and resources they need to offer career counseling services and effectively guide students toward planning their academic and professional careers. As such, it complements the central efforts of QCDC in this field,” he added.

Mrs. Noor Al-Maadheed, Head of Academic Counseling, Ministry of Education and Higher Education, said: “Both HE Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahid Al-Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, and Mrs. Fawziya Al-Khater, Appointed Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs, pay great attention to the Ministry’s initiative to improve academic counseling for secondary education. The initiative provides a variety of learning opportunities, which enable students to build their capacities in order to effectively contribute to the workforce in Qatar and society as a whole.”

“Our goals can only be achieved by raising career counseling awareness among students and across all social sectors. Academic counsellors play a major role in coordinating and managing the process of academic and career counseling with effectiveness and competence. We value our partnership and collaboration with QCDC and Bedaya Center and appreciate their role in educating students in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030,” Al-Maadheed concluded.

Ms Ola Abdin, Career Development Manager at Bedaya Center, noted how the Professional Career Counselor programme “aims to train a new generation of counsellors who are able to utilise their talents and potential in a way that benefits the future of secondary school students. The advanced workshops on offer enable counsellors to understand the available tools and evaluation methods that are geared towards a fruitful interaction with students during this crucial period of their academic paths. The programme seeks to demonstrate the importance of understanding the required skills in the Qatari labour market, as well as university and workplace acceptance procedures and the necessary requirements for each profession.”

As part of an introductory session on career counseling, the participating counsellors were introduced to the theoretical foundations of career counseling, as well as the nature and significance of that line of career guidance. Participants were also exposed to the basic skills of career counseling, which include the ability to think clearly, approach problems objectively, and arrive at innovative solutions, in addition to teamwork, effective communication, and critical thinking. Then counsellors were also encouraged to differentiate their students and understand and evaluate their personal identities, in order to build their confidence and self-esteem. Finally, the programme highlighted the significance of parental guidance in children choosing a suitable career path.

The programme was delivered by experts from the partnering entities: Mr Abdulla Al-Mansoori, QCDC Director, and Dr Mohamed Abul-Ola, Integral Training and Development General Manager from QCDC’s side, and Mr Fady Allaham, Educational Consultant at the Department of Educational Supervision at the Ministry of Education from the Ministry’s side. As well as Dr Abdel Reheim Alhorr, an international trainer specialised in human skills development,accredited by the Society of Business Practitioners in the United Kingdom, who attended the programme on behalf of Bedaya Center.

The programme concluded by presenting the participating counsellors with participation certificates courtesy of QCDC and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

Dec 07, 2016

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) has opened registration for its Winter Career Camp 2017, which will welcome Qatari preparatory school students for the third consecutive year.

The camp aims to instil the basics of a strong career culture in students and help them discover their skills and talents, which will allow them, in-turn, to carefully choose their future careers.

Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director of QCDC, said: “The Winter Camp has continuously attracted eager participants over the last three years. We call on Qatari students to step up and take part in the various activities that will feature in the camp’s third edition. The programme is specifically designed to enhance students’ self-confidence and guide them to make intelligent decisions that will reflect positively on their professional and academic futures. It also aims to demonstrate the dynamics of Qatar’s labour market, the country’s various economic sectors and the future needs of Qatar.”

The one-week camp will feature educational and cultural activities as well as interactive workshops that have been designed to develop students’ personal skills and empower them to pursue the academic studies in line with their career aspirations.

Shaheen Al-Sulaiti, Senior Operations Officer, QCDC, said: “The camp will give Qatari students the opportunity to visit leading organisations in Qatar, allowing them to gain first-hand insight into jobs at these companies, and find out which jobs match their skills and potentials. This will allow them to plan their future academic endeavours and careers at an early stage.”

Students will also visit a number of universities in Qatar, giving them the opportunity to learn about academic programmes and admission requirements.

The Winter Camp will be held at Hamad bin Khalifa University’s (HBKU) Student Center, from 15 – 19 January, between 9am and 2pm. Participants will be awarded certificates after successful completion of the camp.

To register, or to learn more about QCDC Winter Career Camp 2017, please contact: 44546815 or 44546819. Alternatively, you can send an e-mail to: qcdc@qf.org.qa or visit QCDC website: www.qcdc.org.qa. Interested individuals are advised to register online as early as possible due to limited places.

QCDC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF), has organised the camp in line with QF’s vision to build human capacity in Qatar by preparing the country’s young people to respond to future national priorities.

Nov 29, 2016

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) recently participated in a conference organised by the International Association of Educational and Vocational Guidance (IAEVG) to promote equity through guidance. The conference, which took place in Madrid in November, was held under the title ‘Promoting Equity Through Guidance: Reflection, Action, Impact’.

The event was aimed at contributing to the ongoing discussions on the impact of educational and vocational guidance and the importance of the support provided by institutions, governments and the private sector to promote personal, professional and academic development as well as creating more equitable, sustainable and cohesive communities.

Commenting on QCDC’s participation in the conference, Mr Abdullah Al Mansoori, Director of QCDC, said: “QCDC is keen on attending and participating in important international events that relate to professional development and career guidance. Conferences such as these provide a discussion platform that brings together career guidance experts, academics, professionals, consultants and policy makers to facilitate the exchange of expertise and research findings on relevant topics, which enhances our experience.”

“Proper professional guidance results in the equitable distribution of tasks and functions corresponding to the skills and abilities of each person within a work environment. In doing so, we ensure that Qatar’s youth are taking the career path that best relates to their talents and ambitions,” Al Mansoori added.

During the conference, QCDC representatives presented a paper and poster outlining the centre’s programmes and initiatives. QCDC officials also participated in a symposium on enhancing the cooperation between counselling and career guidance institutions.

The paper, entitled, ‘Developing Career Guidance in the State of Qatar: A Stakeholder Engagement Approach’, is based on the findings of three research papers completed by QCDC in 2015.

The overall purpose of the paper is to document current career guidance practices in Qatar, identify opportunities and challenges and offer recommendations for future improvement purposes. Based on empirical data, the papers indicate that career guidance in Qatar is in an early stage of development, offered in a fragmented manner and is yet to be integrated into existing education and labour market systems. To alleviate the situation, and to effectively contribute to Qatar’s human capital development, a wide range of structural, institutional, socio-cultural and capacity building challenges need to be adequately recognised and strategically dealt with.

Abdulrahman Al-Kaabi, Marketing Officer at QCDC, presented an exhibition poster entitled, ‘Training School Counsellors to Assist in Building Qatar’s Knowledge Economy’. The poster focuses on the programmes offered by QCDC including the ‘Career Advisor Training Course’, the first specialised bilingual training course for career advisors in Qatar, and the ‘Career Counsellors Training Workshop’, a programme launched in collaboration with the Training and Education Development Center of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the US Embassy in Doha. The programme is designed to train counsellors and equip them with the knowledge and skills that enable them to provide better career guidance to students.

These two programmes attracted more than 135 participants who went through more than 5,400 hours of training. “We sought, through this poster, to give a quick overview of the training programmes offered by QCDC to support counsellors and career guidance experts in Qatar and equip them with the tools that would enable them to help young Qataris make informed decisions when it comes to academic and career choices,” Al-Kaabi said.

A delegation from QCDC also participated in a symposium that brought together representatives from 22 local and international organisations to discuss the best approach to share knowledge and exchange information as well as the need for cooperation to advance professional development policies. Participants also discussed the possibility of coordinating efforts to support professional development in various countries.

The conference’s sessions also touched on various other topics including the provision of professional services for immigrants and refugees, intervention during difficult economic times and issues relating to career development and public policy.

Representatives from QCDC familiarised participants with the centre’s initiatives and programmes. It outlined its efforts to support Qatar’s youth in achieving a better professional future through training and consultancy services as well as to instil career guidance within Qatar’s culture through programmes, initiatives and activities relating to professional development and career guidance.

Formerly Qatar Career Fair (QCF), QCDC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) recently rebranded to further cement its position as a pioneer in career guidance.

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