Qatar Career Development Centre (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has wrapped up the 2019 edition of its Career Village.
The three-day event saw more than 4,000 visitors – including high schools students from 114 public and private schools, university students, and parents – flock to Multaqa to learn about possible career paths.
The event was attended by HE Yousuf Mohamed al-Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. A number of media professionals and journalists also visited the Career Village, including Hassan al-Saai, journalist and presenter at Qatar TV, and Asma al-Hammadi, presenter at Al Jazeera Media Network.
Through various interactive activities, over 35 exhibiting institutions familiarised visitors with professions in their respective industries and various job requirements. The event also featured workshops and lectures aimed at equipping students with necessary life skills.
Saad al-Kharji, head of career programmes and services, QCDC, said, “We are always keen on organising educational events and initiatives, such as the Career Village, to introduce students to various career paths and academic programmes that empower youth to achieve their personal and career aspirations, and contribute to Qatar’s development."
The Career Village provides students with insight into both job opportunities and the academic tracks that can lead them toward particular careers, and enable youth to achieve their personal and professional aspirations while contributing to Qatar’s development.
The latest edition of the Career Village was designed for children aged five years and older, middle school and high school students, parents, career counsellors, academics, and experts. A Mini Career Village was the latest addition to this year’s edition, welcoming children aged between 5-10 years to learn about various careers and professions in an entertaining and interactive way.
The event brought together representatives of leading organisations from across different industries in Qatar, including education, culture, finance and business, energy, manufacturing, transportation, communications, health, media, and security.
Exhibiting institutions included representatives of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education; the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs - the Department of Government Scholarships; Ministry of Interior (MoI) - Human Resources Department, General Directorate of Civil Defence, Traffic Department, General Directorate of Coasts and Borders Security, and the Police College; among others.
First Lieutenant Fahad al-Musalmani, from the General Directorate of Coasts and Borders Security, MoI, said, "As a specialised department, we aim – through our participation in Career Village – to familiarise students with our duties, functions, and the important role that we play in maintaining our country’s security.
"More than 80% of Qatar's borders are maritime, and we are keen on encouraging students and new graduates to join us and participate in maintaining the security of their homeland.”