Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Health Professions Awareness and Volunteering Programs recently organised the Fifth Career Fair for high school students to learn about job opportunities in the healthcare.
The fair was held at Hamad Bin Khalifa Medical City’s Hotel and Club for three consecutive days and was attended by students and staff from over 75 schools in Qatar.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Hamad Al Khalifa, Chief of Health Facilities at HMC, and Ali Abdulla Al Khater, Executive Director of Corporate Communications at HMC, in the presence of Balqees Al Khazraji, HMC’s Director of Health Professions Awareness and Volunteering Programs.
The fair served as a gathering for students, volunteers and social service staff to discover new opportunities within HMC. The first day of the fair was dedicated to female students while the second day was exclusive to male students, and the third day was open to the general public.
Al Khazraji highlighted the objectives of the event:
The aim of the exhibition was to provide students and parents with an opportunity to engage in discussions with HMC staff from various specialties to obtain appropriate information and advice about the best academic and career programmes available in the field of healthcare. We also provided participants with information about local and overseas educational scholarships and sponsorships, which are available across many different specialties in the healthcare sector.’
The exhibition provided a wonderful opportunity to encourage and inspire students to plan for a distinguished future with HMC. We are especially glad to attract Qatari youths as they will be inspired to become part of the highly-skilled human resources for the country.’
The exhibition was attended by representatives from many different organisations including Supreme Council of Health, Permanent Committee for Drugs and Alcohol Affairs, Supreme Education Council, Cultural Creativity Center, Qatar Career Fair Center, Al Saif Construction and Building Company, Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), and other various voluntary establishments such as Bedaya Center, Qatar Cultural and Social Center for the Blind, Social Development Center (Inma’a), Sheikh Eid Charity Foundation, Qatar Foundation for Social Protection and Rehabilitation, and Qatar Diabetes Association.
The exhibition also saw participants from local universities such as Qatar University, University of Calgary in Qatar, Weil Cornell Medical College in Qatar, College of the North Atlantic Qatar and Community College Qatar.
At the exhibition, staff from HMC’s Fahad Bin Jassim Kidney Center offered free blood sugar tests, blood pressure and weight tests to students. The participants also attended a session on maintaining healthy kidneys for life.
HMC’s Smoking Cessation Clinic participated in the exhibition, sharing tips and suggestions to combat smoking and highlighting services available at the clinic.
Students were also introduced to services provided at the specialised Heart Hospital, Pediatric Neurology and Social Services departments at Hamad General Hospital, and HMC’s Psychiatric and Surgery Departments.