"This programme has prepared us to know what career path to pursue in the future and the skills we need," says Nasser Saleh al Kathiri, a high school student. The 17-year old Qatari national who looks forward to pursuing an engineering course at Texas A&M University Qatar (Tamuq) is among the dozens of secondary students who participated in this year's edition of Qatar Career Fair (QCF) Summer Camp.
The programme, which featured visits to premier institutions in the country, was aimed at providing Qatari youth with the necessary skills and helping them to decide their future academic and professional paths. The two-week summer camp concluded with an awarding of certificates to the participants and a student career gathering featuring 24 universities and companies held at the Recreation Centre in Education City on Thursday.
The event was graced by Group Executive Director of Qatar Foundation Capital Projects and Facilities Management Engineer Jassim Telefat and Director of QCF Abdulla al Mansoori. "I came to the Camp not knowing much but after this programme I have acquired a lot of skills. I am more motivated to go to university and be like my uncle who does presentations to children like me," said another camp participant Mohammed al Harmi.
Stressing the success of the programme, Kholoud Fakhroo, QCF Activities and Volunteerism Officer, said that the students' guided tours to some work sites such as in research centre at Sidra motivated some of the participants to venture into specific fields of study. "We hosted workshops and courses as part of the programme to tell students more about the different fields of education in order to help them set their goals. As a result, some students who earlier wanted to be engineers, upon their visit to Sidra, changed their minds and decided to pursue a career in the medical industry," Fakhroo said.
The student career gathering which was opened after the camp's closing ceremony, featured among the country's top firms including Qatar Airways, Dolphin Energy, QDVC, Occidental Petroleum of Qatar (Oxy) and Qatar National Bank. While among the participating universities were Virginia Commonwealth University Qatar (VCU-Q), Tamuq, Qatar University, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) and the Academic Bridge Program (ABP).
"Young students preparing for universities need to acquire communication and leadership skills besides academic skills. In ABP, we try to prepare students to gain admission to top universities in the country and abroad. This career fair opens communication channels between students and institutions so they know what opportunities they can choose from," said Moza al Boainain, ABP's Assistant Director for Student Services.