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.”