Qatar Career Development Centre (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation, has organised an advanced training programme on the use of its Career Advising System (CAS).
The one-week programme was implemented in partnership with the US embassy in Qatar and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education to provide training to over 90 academic counsellors and career practitioners.
The programme familiarised academic and career counsellors with the use of CAS, a unique career advising system which provides tailor-made solutions that factor in Qatar’s social and economic conditions. QCDC developed CAS in co-operation with Kuder Inc., a world leader in career planning services, and various government entities, to integrate specialised IT solutions into the career guidance framework in Qatar.
QCDC rolled out CAS across public secondary schools in Qatar during the second semester of the 2017-2018 academic year within the framework of a memorandum of understanding between QCDC and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
Abdulla al-Mansoori, director, QCDC, said, "This advanced training programme builds on our achievements last year, including the training of 70 academic counsellors from different schools across Qatar.
“QCDC is working to promote capacity building and instill a culture of career guidance at the core of our schools’ objectives. As Qatar pursues its journey toward promoting a knowledge-based economy, a balance must be struck between the demands of the labor market and youth aspirations,” al-Mansoori added.
Carissa Gonzalez, public affairs officer at the US embassy said, "We are proud to support QCDC and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education in delivering this important training programme to Qatar’s academic and career advisors. A comprehensive career and academic advising program is an integral part of any education system, and we are thrilled that QCDC has chosen a leading American company – Kuder Inc. – as their service provider.”
The training programme was delivered by J Clayton Kennedy, a certified senior business consultant and a global career development facilitator.
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