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60 high school students take part in QCDC’s first Career Academy

60 high school students take part
in QCDC’s first Career Academy

Tribune News Network
Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has wrapped up the first edition of its ‘Career Academy’ programme.
The initiative attracted some 60 high school students, who participated in multiple activities designed to provide insight into potential career tracks.
Abdulla al Mansoori, director of QCDC, expressed pride in the programme and congratulated the students on taking a step towards exploring career paths that fall in line with their aspirations and serve the nation’s development objectives.
“We should be aware that our actions have an impact on our nation, particularly when it comes to bringing together the competencies of our youth and the country’s prosperity and growth drivers. In this context, QCDC’s activities are designed to help students pursue career paths that are in line with their personal aspirations and in the interests of our nation,” said Mansoori.
The two-week programme included field trips to private and public institutions across various sectors in Qatar. The field trips featured a Medical Day sponsored by Sidra Medicine, a member of QF; an Agricultural Day sponsored by the Qur’anic Botanic Garden, also a member of QF; an Engineering Day sponsored by the College of the North Atlantic-Qatar; and an Airline Industry Day sponsored by Qatar Airways.
The trips offered participants the opportunity to connect with professionals in various industries and to learn what to expect from each profession.
The Career Academy programme also introduced students to universities in Qatar, including Qatar University, Stenden University of Applied Sciences – Qatar and QF partner universities. Representatives of these universities attended the final day of the programme to provide students with an overview of their academic programmes and admission requirements.
Mohammed al Tamimi, one of the participating students, took part in this year’s Career Academy programme, embarking on several field visits to identify the best professional track to pursue.
He said, “I was always interested in specialising in the medical field and found the visit to Sidra Medicine very helpful, as I had the opportunity to gain insight into the profession.”
Maryam Almohammed, another participating student, said that the programme highlighted the importance of early planning.
She said, “Deciding early on my undergraduate and university studies will fast track my journey towards achieving my dreams.”
Throughout the programme, participants engaged in a variety of recreational and educational activities. For example, the students attended a series of handicraft workshops designed to equip them with a wide range of personal and life skills. Also included were tips on developing communication, public speaking and teamwork skills.
Students who successfully completed the program were awarded participation certificates on the final day of the programme.