Nov 29, 2017
QCDC RELEASES 7TH EDITION OF CAREER GUIDE
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.