Posted on October 20, 2013

In an event set to become an important annual feature of Doha’s academic calendar, Commercial Bank recently welcomed 22 new university graduates from prestigious local universities onto the bank’s Graduate Development Programme (GDP) following the programme’s highly successful first year during 2012-2013.

Commercial Bank is one of Qatar’s leading full-service banks, and this three-year programme aims to fast-track the career development of young university graduates by allowing them to experience all the business functions of the Bank through five different rotational work placements in its high-performing environment. Participants benefit from assistance in the form of technical training, mentoring from senior staff, a buddy system, team-building activities, and dedicated expert support to help them map out their individual career paths. The programme enhances graduates’ communications, business and leadership skills, and helps them to discover their preferred area of specialisation to pursue in the future.

The 2013 cohort of 22 graduates will work directly with senior banking staff to learn about Commercial Bank’s customers, systems and processes, being challenged as they progress to take on further responsibility and to deal with more complex issues. High performers can expect to be fast-tracked through an annual promotions system, and upon completion may even rise to management status.

Mr. Abdulla Saleh Al Raisi, CEO of Commercial Bank, commented: “In line with Commercial Bank’s continuing focus on Qatari development towards Vision 2030, we remain committed to investment in the young talent of our nation and to strengthening the future of Qatar as a global financial hub by providing specialised training in an ideal learning environment towards a long and successful financial career. The success of the Graduate Development Programme last year and its near-doubling in numbers this year are excellent indicators that it is already helping to attain this vision.”