Over 190 students from nearly 60 schools across Qatar have benefited from the free Virtual Career Advising Sessions provided by Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) to support them plan their academic and career paths. QCDC is a member of Qatar Foundation.

Saad Al-Kharji, Head of Career Programs and Services at QCDC
Saad Al-Kharji

The virtual sessions ran from January to May 2021 and were presented by 16 specialised career mentors. It covered topics on job opportunities, university requirements, career path guidance, resume guidance, determining the best major, choosing the best university, studying abroad, identifying interests and strengths, and establishing academic and career goals.

QCDC Head of Career Programs and Services Saad Al-Kharji said that during these Virtual Career Advising Sessions, students received free professional support to help them determine their education and career paths and follow the best practices when applying for a job or writing a CV, as well as other employment-related aspects.

Challenges in the education sector

On the purpose of these sessions, Al-Kharji said they launched the initiative to address the challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, and its repercussions on the education sector locally and globally. He said that through the initiative, they seek to support the students’ career planning and development and to reach the largest number of Qatar-based young people.

Regardless of age, academic qualifications or professional level, it is necessary that they persist with enriching their knowledge and developing their skills to perform their work functions optimally.

In our time of knowledge and technological revolution, personal and career development is any promising youth’s first step towards success and a continuation of our nation’s course of growth.

The initiative targeted all Qatar-based high school students, pre-university students, university undergraduates, and individuals who have graduated in the last two years.

The sessions are provided by professional career advisors who offer personalised career advice to help participants determine the academic and career paths most appropriate for each of them. They also guide students to the best practices in the recruitment process, as well as answer any inquiries they have regarding their future career and in entering the labour market.

Fatima Chaudhry, one of the career mentees who volunteered to participate in the sessions, said the event has been a great opportunity to volunteer as a career advisor and make a difference in society. She said that many students have had to change their studying schedules and lifestyles over the past year, and it is a pleasure to be able to provide a service that they can access virtually from the comfort of their homes. She added that she had amazing discussions with students about their goals and how to stay motivated especially during these times.

The sessions take place virtually, building on QCDC’s growing online offerings since the outbreak of COVID-19. Students can directly book appointments with specialised career advisors and gain access to other career planning and guidance resources that QCDC offers. Appointments are offered in both Arabic and English.

For more information, visit qcdc.org.qa.

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