Posted on May 31, 2015

The Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development (Bedaya Center), a joint initiative by Qatar Development Bank and Silatech, has been organizing regular Skills Workshops for both entrepreneurship and career development all this year for young Qataris. Over 600 young people attended the workshops and benefitted from the training and guidance delivered on different aspects of business and personal development.

The workshops kicked off with ‘Financing Your Business’ in January given by business expert Mohammed Al Jufairi business expert, followed by ‘Take your business online’ in February from computer expert Mufeed Ahmed, underlining the need to showcase businesses on the internet in order to succeed. In the same month, Mahmoud Khater, leadership and human development expert, stressed the ‘Power of LinkedIn’ and the importance of personal branding, encouraging participants to join the 347 million strong membership to further their career or business.

Bedaya Center Skills Workshops 2 [].jpgIn March Yasmeen Hasan, Entrepreneurship Manager at Bedaya Center, held an ‘Ideation Workshop’, teaching budding entrepreneurs how to develop ideas for business. Also in March Mohammed Hayder gave a Workshop on how important first impressions are, effectively the ‘key to influence’. Then in April, web expert Ebrahim Al Khinji revealed ‘How to create your business website in less than 5 minutes’ and life coach Mohammed Al Enzi encouraged students to ‘Discover your inner motivation’. May saw Bart Burgraef give a Workshop on ‘Emotional intelligence’ underling the importance of following your instinct and Suhail Al Gosaibi drilled down to the ‘Basics of Entrepreneurship’.

In addition to these Bedaya offered a full program of regular business and career development workshops on business planning, sales and marketing, career awareness, entrepreneur challenges, career planning and development and legal business issues.

Bedaya Center Skills Workshops 3 [].jpgReem Al-Sowaidi, Manager of the Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Development, said: “At Bedaya we aim to offer a complete program of workshops and training sessions to help young people starting their own business and those contemplating a career to develop their abilities and talents for their life ahead. The importance of running these workshops is to develop the skills of young people in the country. The workshops also link the participants with mentors from the community such as self-made successful entrepreneurs serving as role models to help young people generate business ideas and support them in developing these ideas into actual businesses.”

She added: “With the training programs we offer, we aim to give young Qataris the best chance to succeed in life in whatever direction they may choose, whether as an entrepreneur running their own business or following their chosen career path.”