For many years, the center has collected and analyzed a wealth of information from thousands of students, graduates, and parents, as well as respondents from various segments of senior stakeholders across the government and private sectors; and assessed activities, surveys, and studies, which have contributed to the development of new initiatives and programs that benefited the youth and had a positive impact on the labor market.
These are a number of examples of research papers conducted and published by QCDC: “The Role of Career Guidance in the Preparation, Placement and Development of Qatar National Workforce”, “Career Aspirations, Guidance and Mobility: Achieving Quality Qatarization”, and “Careering Towards A Sustainable Qatari Economy”.
QCDC did not hold back this knowledge and expertise from the world; on the contrary, it has sought to share and exchange it with key international stakeholders, promoting Qatar’s endeavors in the field of career development on the international scene. It presented various research papers at several internationally renowned career conferences and associations, e.g., APCDA Conference, IAEVG Conference, ICCDPP Conference, and WISE.
During these conferences, QCDC has highlighted its efforts in contributing to the development of an effective career guidance system in Qatar by identifying and addressing the existing challenges and shortcomings, and proposing the necessary solutions. It also met with career practitioners, facilitators, coaches, researchers and professionals, and benefited from their experiences and learned lessons in developing career programs and services for the youth in similar environments with similar contexts, peculiarities and complexities. QCDC continuously explores the local, regional and international scenes to collect findings about current and future career needs and the ultimate means to address them. This is done through constant monitoring and screening of the career guidance concepts and practices, as well as a network of relationships and partnerships that QCDC continues to develop.
QCDC also reached out to many international stakeholders to bring specialized knowledge and expertise to the country in an effort to enhance career guidance services provided within the educational system. The result was the development of the online Career Advising System (CAS), which is the only all-encompassing career planning system available in Qatar and the region. This is a customized version of the internationally renowned Kuder system (a world leader in career planning services), offered in Arabic and English, while having its components tailored to fit the Qatari socio-cultural specificities. It allows the user to undergo a complete psychometric analysis including, among others, interests, values and capabilities’ assessments, while cross-checking the outcome with fundamental information in the likes of education providers, occupational categorization and labor market data, in order to generate the most suitable individualized career
recommendations. Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, QCDC rolled out the CAS across public secondary schools in Qatar in 2018. More than 20,000 students and counselors across Qatar have benefited from the system and its features.