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.