Posted on September 23, 2018

The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s Academic and Career Advising Office, conducted the 4th annual Career Counselors Training Program Sunday to Thursday. Counselors from more than 70 government and private schools participated in this year’s program.  

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. William Grant commended the Ministry of Education and Higher Education’s Office of Academic and Career Advising and QCDC for their efforts in supporting a career development and life skills program in Qatar’s schools:  “We are proud to partner with the Academic and Career Advising Office at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and QCDC for a fourth year on this program. Career guidance and life skills training is integral for preparing students for a successful future in the workforce, and we applaud the work of the Ministry, in particular, and its core of dedicated counselors and educators for making these important programs possible.”  

Ms. Jane Lowery, an expert counselor with more than 30 years’ experience in the field of career and college counseling, led participants through more than 25 sessions over the course of 5 days, including a ‘mock admissions committee’ activity that provided counselors with a first-hand look at how college admissions decisions are made. Special guest speakers – including admissions officers from Georgetown University Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College – Qatar, Texas A&M University in Qatar, and Carnegie Mellon University Qatar – provided complementary sessions to ensure that counselors received a variety of input from experts in the field.

Commenting on the training program, Mr. Abdullah Al Mansoori, Director of QCDC, said the center is pleased to partner with the US Embassy in Qatar and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to contribute to efforts aimed at fostering a career guidance culture in Qatar. “The Career Counselors Training Program complements and builds on the training QCDC has offered to more than 70 counselors on the use and integration of our Career Advising System (CAS), which QCDC recently launched across public schools in Qatar to offer career guidance services for students. We will continue to assess new opportunities to further equip counselors with the necessary skills to support Qatari youth, the main target and ultimate beneficiaries of QCDC’s various programs,” Al Mansoori explained.

Head of Academic and Career Advising Office, at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, commented on the importance that the Ministry accords to academic and career counseling, in recognition of the latter’s role in raising the awareness and preparedness of youth toward choosing the educational and professional paths most suitable to their skills. She said: “Both HE Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Wahid Al-Hammadi, Minister of Education and Higher Education, and Mrs. Fawziya Al-Khater, Appointed Assistant Undersecretary for Educational Affairs, have been paying the greatest attention to the Ministry’s initiative to improve academic counseling for secondary education. This initiative aims to provide a variety of learning opportunities which enable students to build their capacities in order to effectively contribute to the workforce in Qatar and society as a whole. It therefore plays an invaluable role in better preparing students for the upcoming phases of higher education and the professional market.”

“Our goals can only be achieved by raising career counseling awareness among students and across all social sectors. The responsibility of achieving this goal lies in large part on the academic counselor, who plays a major role in coordinating and managing the process of academic and career counseling with effectiveness and competence. We value our partnership and collaboration with The American Embassy and QCDC and appreciate their role in educating students in service of Qatar’s National Vision 2030,” she concluded.

For more information about this and other U.S. Embassy Qatar programs please visit our website at qa.usembassy.gov and follow us on twitter @USEmbassyQatar.

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