Qatar Career Development Center Gears Up for Annual Career Village
Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) is all set to host the latest edition of its ‘Career Village’ from 30 September to 2 October at Multaqa (formerly Education City Student Centre). QCDC is a member of Qatar Foundation.
Organised in cooperation with the Social Development Centre Nama, the three-day event is designed to provide support to preparatory and secondary school students.
According to QCDC Director Abdulla Al Mansoori the centre is keen on regularly organising the event, as it plays a key role in helping young people choose a career path that is in keeping with their aspirations and skills.
With each edition of Career Village, we introduce a new set of innovative activities. This year, QCDC is collaborating with Nama, which will launch its ‘Tamakkan’ campaign on the first day of the event. The initiative is designed to raise awareness on the importance of career development vis-à-vis the needs of the Qatari labour market, drawing on the expertise of experienced professionals – including retired individuals – to equip young people with the skills to actively contribute to their community.’
Amal Abdullatif Al Mannai, CEO of Qatar Foundation for Social Work and Acting Executive Director of Nama, expressed happiness at the participation of Nama in this year’s Career Village. She noted the importance of this participation, which reflects pride in the launch of the first ‘Tamakkan’ campaign.
The ‘Tamakkan’ project is the first product of the social entrepreneur’s development project ‘Sama Nama’. Al Mannai said she was optimistic that this comprehensive and diverse effort by social entrepreneurs is an important addition to raise awareness, enlighten, build capacities, and change attitudes among youth. She praised the QCDC for undertaking community-based projects and its joint and ongoing cooperation with the Social Development Centre in support of the community.
Bringing the Community Together
Career Village will bring together representatives of leading Qatar-based organisations and institutions from numerous industries including education, business and finance, energy and manufacturing, communication and transportation, health, security, media, and culture.
The event will feature a range of interactive activities to provide students with insight into various professions. Through discussions with representatives of participating companies and institutions, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the various professions as well as the academic disciplines that lead to these career paths.
This year’s edition of Career Village aims to introduce students to the concept of career guidance and to instil this new culture within the Qatari community through free training workshops that Nama will offer on the sidelines of the event. The workshops will touch on several topics including ‘Effective Communication Skills’, ‘Professional Capacity Building’, and ‘Choosing an Academic Discipline’.
Nama will also hold a caricature exhibition that will highlight the challenges faced by youth when it comes to professional development. It will draw on the expertise of experienced professionals – including retirees – to provide support for the young participants.
The Career Village will be exclusively open to school visits from 9 am to 12:30 pm, while the general public is welcome to visit from 4 pm to 6:30 pm. For more information, visit qcdc.org.qa.