The Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (Bedaya Center), a joint initiative by Qatar Development Bank and Silatech, actively participated in the 5th Qatar International College Fair 2014 through its career development pavilion which offered integrated advisory & guidance services to high-school, university and post-graduate students. Saleh Al Khulaifi, Board Member of the Bedaya Center, said: “Our participation this year has been outstanding on all levels and is another highlight in terms of the diligent efforts we have been making. I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to the Higher Education Institute’s, the Scholarship Office’s and the Career guidance Center’s directors for their unwavering support before and during the exhibition.”
The exhibition was a great opportunity for Bedaya Center to offer a wide variety of services including computers which allowed students to take the Tamheed psychometric assessment, an internet-based evaluation method available in both Arabic and English to help the students’ discover their personality traits and identify their career preferences and tendencies. Upon completion of the assessment, student reports were instantly printed and students had the opportunity to sit with-experienced, highly-qualified youth professional advisors to discuss their reports.
Students were very satisfied at Bedaya Center’s services which helped them outline their available choices and focus on them based on their own interests, abilities and aspirations without wasting much time and efforts. Student Noor Al Aji said she was very happy with the assessment performance and the fact that she met a Bedaya Center advisor who explained to her the relevant university study options based on the assessment; for her part. Student Aisha Al Omari pointed out that it took her a very long time to find someone to help her identifying the appropriate university study options which would support her personal aspirations and lay out a clear plan for her future career.
Student Almaha Al Rumaihi added: “My experience with Bedaya Center during the exhibition has been very rewarding. I was able to learn about Center’s services and what it offers to Qatari students, and I am looking forward to be a Bedaya Center ambassador in the future.” Alanood Al Muhannadi, a Bedaya Center advisor at its Qatar International College Fair 2014 pavilion, said: “I volunteered at Bedaya Center as a career advisor, and I am thrilled at the Center’s rich experience. This is what I have always been eager to do, which enables me to contribute to Qatar National Vision 2030 that invests in the human being above all else, and this is Qatar’s real major investment.”
The Bedaya Center pavilion attracted more than a thousand visitors, who were very interested in the Center’s different programmes and activities. More than 210 advisory sessions were conducted and 245 students took the Tamheed assessments. Bedaya Center offered independent high-school students the opportunity to volunteer, aiming at enhancing their volunteering skills and serve their fellow students.