Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) recently launched the 11th edition of its Career Guide magazine, which aims to tackle the challenges posed by COVID-19 within the education sector and labour market and help young people plan for a post-pandemic future.

The new issue of the QCDC Career Guide looks closely at the future of the educational process, expectations and lessons learned from the global pandemic, which has forced most countries worldwide to apply strict precautionary measures, suspend in-person classes in schools and universities, and pivot to e-learning.

Through interviews with an exclusive group of experts in human resources, economics and futurology, the 11th edition discusses the future of work in light of the pandemic and post-pandemic effects.

Career Guide features

The challenges and solutions facing the education sector in Qatar are the focus of a discussion with HE Dr Ibrahim bin Saleh Al Nuaimi, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, where he expands on the ministry’s ongoing efforts to help the sector overcome the COVID-19 crisis. The interview with Sheikha Latifa Khalid Al Thani, Education Sector Executive at Microsoft Qatar, about her career and her inspiring journey as the first Qatari woman to work at the global tech giant, is an opportunity for the youth to learn from her experiences.

In honour of the tremendous effort the nation’s healthcare workers have exerted during the COVID-19 crisis, the magazine’s Exploring Careers section is dedicated to highlighting a variety of medical professions, introducing young people to the details of each position and the skills required.

Vital resource

QCDC Director Abdulla Al Mansoori explains why the Career Guide has been a vital resource for more than a decade. He said that QCDC has always been keen to support the efforts of Qatar Foundation in assisting the various segments of Qatari society and in providing the necessary resources to empower the local youth, so they can choose the best way to support the nation’s growth.

We strive to make career guidance the best means to help young people achieve their professional and practical aspirations, by appropriately guiding skills and potentials in a manner that serves Qatar’s future aspirations.

He said that they focus their effort on reaching all community groups, especially students and youth, through various activities and events that help them achieve a better understanding of career guidance.

Specialised publications

Apart from Career Guide magazine, QCDC also issues a wide range of other specialised publications. In February 2020, QCDC career guidance experts released the Career Q&A for Graduates and Job Seekers, which tackled the most frequently asked career questions, to help young readers take practical steps in their career path.

Last November also featured the publication of a written guide for parents of children aged four to 17 titled, The Role of Parents in the Career Guidance of their Children.

Meanwhile, in a move aimed at attracting Arabic-speaking career advising and guidance experts, QCDC cooperated with the Asia Pacific Career Development Association to create an Arabic edition of the Glossary of Career Development Terms. This was published in 2014.

The magazine comes in an interactive version available through an electronic application for smartphones and tablets, available to download on App Store and Google Play. The soft copy is also available to download on the Publications section of the QCDC website. The website has soft copies of all previous editions and is included in the online resources database of Qatar National Library.

Visit qcdc.org.qa for more information about the QCDC publications. 


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