Feb, 2018

Career Advisor Training Course (CATC) 2018

8:30am to 3:30pm Education City Clubhouse


Course Synopsis

The Career Advisor Training Course (CATC) was brought into Qatar and the GCC region by the Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) and is the first customized training course for career advisors in Qatar. The course is powered by Kuder. Inc, a world leader in career planning services.

The Career Advisor Training Course aims to equip individuals with the basic skills and essential knowledge of career advising and planning, and provide them with tools and activities so that they can assist our youth to embark on ultimate career journeys.

The course will run from 4-8 March 2018, from 8:30am to 3:30pm, at Education City Clubhouse, for five days.
This batch of the course will be for English speakers only.

Registration Fees

Registration fees for the CATC are QR 5,000 and shall be paid at QCDC offices located at the QF Housing Maintenance Building, adjacent to the Education City Clubhouse.

Who should attend?

  • Career Advisors
  • Academic/Vocational Counsellors
  • HR Personnel (especially those involved in National Development Activities)
  • Parents (the influence they exercise on their children’s career decisions is tremendous – they can be
    considered as their home career advisors)
  • Instructors/Professors
  • Scholars (researchers, advanced degree students, etc.)
  • Other people with general interest in career development
    Objectives and Outputs

    • What is the value for the individuals?
  • To gain career skills that will outfit them for a potential position as a career advisor
  • To gain insight into their own career development and that of their children
  • To demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the planning system at their site
  • To guide and follow through with students or clients after use of a career planning system
  • To learn and use technology-based applications that benefit career development
    • What is the value for the educational institutions and business?
  • To have students who make better informed choices about their postsecondary majors, thus increasing
    retention and degree completion
  • To have students or clients who make better informed career choices, thus increasing productivity on
    the job and personal life satisfaction
  • To have knowledgeable employees who can help students or adults with career choices and planning,
    through specialized knowledge and practices
  • To have employees who realize and are more satisfied with their career choices
  • To have employees who can assist clients in using labour market information to filter their occupation
  • To have knowledgeable employees who can teach clients how to find job openings
  • To be able to design and oversee the implementation of career planning services
  • To be able to monitor, correct and support career advisors as needed

Course Content

1- Competencies

There are 9 specific competencies to be achieved throughout the training:

  • Helping Skills
    Proficient in the career facilitating process while including productive interpersonal relationships
  • Career Development and Choice Theory
    Understand career development theories, models, and techniques as they apply to lifelong development, gender, age, and ethnic background.
  • Assessment and Career Planning
    Comprehend and use (under supervision) both formal and informal career development assessments with emphasis on relating appropriate ones to the population served.
  • The Role of Information in Career Planning
    Describe the career planning process and suggest approaches and criteria that will assist in making career choices.
  • Ethical Guidelines
    Follow the relevant code of ethics and know current legislative regulations.
  • Working with Groups
    Promote the career development program as it relates to assessment interpretation and job-seeking materials.
  • Using Technology
    Comprehend and use career development technology based applications.
  • Employability Skills
    Know job search strategies and placement techniques, especially in working with specific groups.
  • Program Planning and Implementation
    Understand career development programs and their implementation, and work as a liaison in collaborative relationships.

2- Course Agenda

Day 1: Introduction and the Process of Career Planning

    • Get-acquainted activity with group
    • Overview and logistics of the course
    • The process of career planning
    • Methods of dealing with the combination of personal characteristics and environmental characteristics
    • Work on case study

Day 2: Theory and Assessments as Valuable Tools in Career Planning

    • The Theory of John Holland
    • Assessment based on Holland’s Theory
    • Assessment based on Super’s Theory
    • Take the Kuder Career Search and Super Work Values Inventory online
    • Discuss participant score reports
    • Look at the score reports for the client in the assigned case study

Day 3: Information as a Valuable Tool in Career Planning

    • The role of information in career decision-making
    • Databases needed to support career decisions
    • Sources of career information
    • Using information for decision making
    • Application to case study

Day 4: Facilitative Skills as a Critical Tool in Assisting Others with Career Planning

    • What are the facilitative skills?
    • Practicing each of the facilitative skills (role-playing activities)
    • Working with your case study (role-playing)

Day 5: Delivering Career Planning Services

  • Methods of delivery and how they may be modified with different populations and in different work settings
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Steps in planning your method(s) of delivery
  • Individual or small-group project

3- Online Interface

An online interface for this course will be available via the portal during the course and 6 months after. This is a type of knowledge bank for trainees to use and rely on.

Anita Abraham
Professional Development Specialist of Science
National Center for Educational Development
College of Education Qatar University

Anita Abraham works as a professional development specialist of Science at the National Center for Educational Development, College of Education, Qatar University.

Her work involves providing in-service professional development in content and pedagogy to the Science teachers of public schools in Qatar. She has been involved in the project of” Bridging the Gap; High school and Higher education”, which involved developing a program of college readiness to local students. She has also worked with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education as a Master-trainer to train teachers on the science curriculum for 6 years. She has been in the field of education for 25 years, out of which 18 years were in the education system of Qatar. She holds a Master’s Degree in Science and a Bachelor’s degree in Education.

Susanna Mascarenhas
Professional Development Specialist
National Center for Educational Development
College of Education
Qatar University

Hailing from Goa, in India, Susanna Mascarenhas holds two bachelor degrees in Commerce; and in Education from the University of Bombay, as well as a Masters in Special Education from Qatar University. With a long career spanning 30 years, with 28 of these in Doha, she has seen first-hand the role of education in the growth of Qatar.

Susanna has worked her way up, right from Kindergarten teacher to Education Consultant. She began her consulting career with Australia’s Education Queensland International in association with the Ministry of Education, Qatar in 2007. Since 2011, she has been a Professional Development Specialist at the National Center for Educational Development at the College of Education, Qatar University.

She was part of the research project, ‘Bridging the Gap from High School to Higher Education’, which entailed working closely with counselors. This project enabled the development of 21st Century Life Skills and strategies for high school students to enter college and subsequent professional careers, while keeping with the long-term vision of the State of Qatar.

To learn more about the Career Advisor Training Course (CATC), please call us on: 44546815
Or e-mail us at: qcdc@qf.org.qa.