Posted on May 19, 2015

Injaz Qatar (a non-profit organization and member of Junior Achievement Worldwide) has delivered a work readiness program to more than 60 students from Qatar University. The program called ‘Steer Your Career’ aims at honing the skills needed for third and final year students to choose the right career lead others and operate effectively in a competitive job environment. The program was delivered at the Qatar Finance Business Academy (QFBA) by Amar Benaissa, Director of Operations from INJAZ Qatar. Two of QFBA employees, Donia Aqel and Zeina Al Moree, helped deliver the sessions as Corporate Volunteers.

Emad Al Khaja –INJAZ Qatar Executive Director, commenting at the conclusion of the program said: “As part of our commitment to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy, we were delighted to see so many of Qatar University students participating in the latest version of ‘Steer Your Career’ program. Through this experiential hands-on program, students were able to learn about workforce readiness and set their expectations as they finish their university degrees and begin the search for future employment.”

“The volunteers from QFBA were a great inspiration to our students and delivered engaging, interactive sessions. We encourage corporate volunteers and educators to dedicate some of their time to deliver programs and help prepare students for a successful future – the volunteers from QFBA provided very beneficial input” – Al Khaja added

The ‘Steer Your Career’ program helps college and university students gain leadership, time management, communication, team dynamics, and job search skills. The program is delivered through hands-on classroom activities, personal assessments, role playing and reflection exercises. Moreover, the program helps students function successfully in today’s workplace; students are also introduced to the methods of writing a CV and covering letters.

INJAZ concludes its Work Readiness 2 [].jpgThroughout this program offering, around 60 students –who attended the sessions- were given the opportunity to conduct mock interviews with HR managers from QFBA, which gave them the courage to ask challenging questions and learn more about the workforce. During their final session, students were given certificates for completing the program. Following the course they are now ready to take part in INJAZ Qatar’s ‘Job Shadow Day’ where they get to spend a day in one of Qatar’s corporations experiencing a real life work environment.

Representative from QU Nada Al-Emadi- Head of Career Development in the Career Services Center of Qatar University said: Our contribution in making this program a success comes from our believes in the importance of this program and how it plays a major role in enhancing our students' future career and enriching their career experiences thereby introducing fundamental career concepts such as career planning and employment preparations, as well as develop and refine student personal and professional skills .

The program objectives go in parallel with the Career Services’ mission and Qatar University's vision; thus by preparing competent graduates who are able to contribute effectively in shaping the future of Qatar and achieving Qatar National vision 2030 through focusing on one of the key performance areas, which is providing high quality of education and training. Since its inception in 2007, INJAZ Qatar has inspired and prepared young people to succeed in a global economy. INJAZ Qatar has reached aroud15,000 students across 45 schools and 6 universities thanks to 75 corporate partners and over 700 corporate volunteers.