Posted on April 11, 2018

High school students from across Qatar have participated in Career Village, an event organized by Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC) at Education City Student Center from April 9-11.

Career Village brought together representatives from 40 leading Qatar-based organizations spanning various sectors including education, business and finance, energy and manufacturing, communication and transportation, health, security, media, and culture. The event was aimed at familiarizing Qatari high school students with the dynamics and challenges of Qatar’s labor market and introducing them to different career paths that enable them to best serve their country.

Commenting on the event, Mr. Saad Al-Kharji, Head of Career Programs and Services, QCDC, said: “I commend all efforts that led to the great success of our Career Village activities. Students learned about Qatar’s latest career trends, which can bolster the growth and progress of our nation and help us tackle key national challenges. “I would like to thank all participating institutions for introducing students to the various professions across their departments and divisions, instilling a career culture among young people and contributing to a future generation that propels the Qatari labor market towards prosperity.”

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Organizations participating in the Career Village included Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar, Qatar University, College of the North Atlantic Qatar, Qatar Scientific Club, Visual Art Center, ScorePlus Education Qatar, Qatar Banking Studies and Business Administration Secondary School for Girls, Stenden University Qatar, Qatar Aeronautical College, Qatar Airways, Ministry of Interior, General Authority of Customs, QatarGas, Qatar Petroleum, Hamad Medical Corporation, University of Calgary in Qatar, Ministry of Justice Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, Al Kass Sports Channels, Qatar Biobank, the British Council Qatar, among others.

“I hope the Career Village is organized again next year, especially for 3rd year secondary school students, as it introduces students to the various career paths available in the country,” said Captain Rashid Ayed Al-Hajri, Support Department of the General Directorate of Civil Defense, Ministry of Interior, a participating entity in the Career Village. Participants had the opportunity to meet with representatives of participating institutions and universities to inquire about the career opportunities offered by the respective organizations while engaging in interactive activities.

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"During my participation in the Career Village, I learned about what various professions entail in a work context, rather than learning about these jobs on the internet or through television," said Hamad Jaber, a student at Doha Secondary School for boys, adding that the event familiarized him with the various academic tracks offered in Qatar. Asmaa Saad Al-Qahtani, a student at Al-Khor Secondary School for girls, expressed her satisfaction of the event, saying: “I was able to confirm my interests and choices through the Career Village, as it provided me with a clearer picture of the work environment. I always thought that work is limited to sitting in closed offices, but after I came here and explored the different showrooms, I learned there are various careers with different activities that both men and women could participate in”.

Ms. Eman Nasser Alnoobi, Academic Counselor, Al-Khor Secondary School for girls, said: “I believe the Career Village is a very useful experience for students, because of the participation of many universities, ministries, and institutions from different sectors. The village is a one-stop source of information for students seeking to learn more about the opportunities available in the labor market and their requirements." Career Village is one of several initiatives launched by QCDC, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, to guide Qatari youth into making the right decision about their academic and career future.

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