Qatar Career Development Centre (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has wrapped up the fifth edition of its Summer Career Camp, which saw around 50 secondary school students taking part.
The camp offered students a stimulating and educational environment designed to equip them with the skills and knowledge necessary to make informed academic and career decisions.
Machaille al-Naimi, president of Community Development at QF, attended the final day of the camp and congratulated students on their participation in the programme’s activities.
“You are the ambassadors of the future, and we count on you to assist your colleagues in choosing the appropriate academic and career paths that will shape their lives," al-Naimi said.
Some of the participants at Qur’anic Botanic Garden.
The two-week camp featured a variety of activities and educational programmes, as well as stimulating workshops to provide students with practical skills and knowledge to help them plan their academic and career paths.
Students were introduced to QCDC’s Career Advising System during the camp. The system features diverse and innovative components, including psychometric and personality assessment tools, to help students identify the most appropriate academic and career paths in line with the future needs of Qatar.
As part of the camp, Stenden Qatar University of Applied Sciences (Stenden Qatar) conducted a day-long training session for students, teaching them a range of life skills to prepare them for university, in addition to offering practical advice for use when travelling for study programmes abroad.
Abdulla al-Mansoori, director of QCDC, said: “Over the last two weeks, the students participated in an intensive programme of activities that provided them with insight into the professional world, enabling them to make well-informed academic and career choices. We motivate young participants to believe in their abilities, explore their interests and pursue their ambitions in line with the aspirations and objectives of the job market in Qatar.”
The camp featured site visits and job-shadowing programmes at leading organisations in Qatar, providing participants with real-world insight into workplace environments with the aim of helping them to match their abilities and skills with various career choices. The site visits also provided an opportunity for students to familiarise themselves with the dynamics of Qatar’s labour market across various industries, and the future needs of the nation.
Six days were dedicated to site visits at institutions operating across various sectors in Qatar. These included a ‘Medical Day’ sponsored by Hamad Medical Corporation, an ‘Agriculture Day’ sponsored by Qur’anic Botanic Garden, an ‘Engineering Day’ jointly sponsored by College of the North Atlantic – Qatar and Msheireb Properties, a ‘Banking Day’ sponsored by QNB, a ‘Media Day’ sponsored by Northwestern University in Qatar and a ‘Transport Day’ sponsored by Qatar Airways.