Nov 2019

Career Advisor Training Course (CATC)

8:00 am - 2:00 pm Education City

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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 be delivered in Arabic from 8 to 12 September 2019, from 8:00am to 2:00pm, at Education City.

And in Englishfrom 10 to 14 November 2019, from 8:00am to 2:00pm, at Education City.


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

  1. 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 workplace
  • 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


  1. 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 choices
  • 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.

  1. 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


  1. 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.




Khalifa Al Yafei

Director of Academic Affairs

North Umbria University in Qatar


Mr. Khalifa Al Yafei is a Certified Career Counselor with a long experience in the field of higher education. Recently, Mr. Al Yafei got appointed as Director of Academic Affairs and a Lecturer at North Umbria University in Qatar. Previously, Mr. Al Yafei worked as Manager of National Scholarships at Sidra Medicine, a Career Counselor at Penn State University and outreach specialist at Hamad bin Khalifa University. Mr. Al Yafei has a bachelor degree in Engineering from University of Leeds and Masters in Counseling from Penn State University.


Anita Abraham

Professional Development Specialist of Science

National Center for Educational Development

College of Education

Qatar University


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

The work involves providing in-service professional development in content and pedagogy to the Science teachers of public school of Qatar. Has been involved in the project of” Bridging the Gap; High school and Higher education”, the project involved developing program of college readiness local student population Has worked with the Ministry of Education as Master-trainer to train teachers on science curriculum for 6 years. Has been in the field of education for 25 years out of which 18 years were in the education system of Qatar. Has the Master’s Degree in Science and 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, in keeping with the long-term vision of the State of Qatar.



Registration and Fees

To register for the Career Advisor Training Course, visit the link above.

Registration fees for the CATC are QR 5,000 and shall be paid online through the above link or by Debit or Credit Card at QCDC offices located at Multaqa (Education City Student Center):


To ensure your participation in the course, please register as soon as possible.Seats are limited and can only be secured by paying the registration fee.

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