Qatar Foundation (QF) hosted Education City Career Fair, bringing together 1,500 young people to meet with representatives from more than 60 local and international organisations.

The two-day event, which took place at Multaqa (Education City Student Centre), was sponsored by Qatar Shell and open to students from across Education City, including QF member Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) and QF’s eight partner universities, as well as QF alumni.

Rashid Majed al-Sulaiti, deputy general manager, Qatar Shell, said: “Qatar Shell is proud to be the main sponsor of the annual Education City Career Fair, as it aims to give young people the opportunity to explore possible career options and network with potential employees. As Qatar Shell, we offered local students internship opportunities and we promoted our Shell Graduate Programme to graduates.”

Mubarak Eid al-Muhannadi, head of recruitment at Al Jazeera, said: “This is the fourth year that we have participated in the career fair, and, over the last few years, we have hired a number of students from Northwestern University in Qatar.

“Aside from recruiting, we have trained over 400 students who we selected through the career fair, providing a number of internships. Some have been trained for media journalism, some for PR, some for accounting.”

Kenana Dalle, who is studying Computer Engineering at HBKU’s College of Science and Engineering, said: “I came to the fair as I wanted to know what sort of jobs are available in the market at the moment.

“When you talk to recruiters, you get a very good idea of the type of candidates they are looking for, what specialisations they are interested in, and what soft-skills you need to develop in order to suit their requirements. The career fair is beneficial as it gives me a clear idea of how to write my CV and what skills I need to develop further.

“QF is doing a great job in providing students like with me access to a variety of recruiters, all under one roof, and I would highly recommend that all students attend the Education City Career Fair in the future.”

Mohamed al-Shakhs, who is studying at Texas A&M University at Qatar, one of QF’s partner universities, said: “I learned about the fair through my university, and I am impressed at the number of brands and companies that were present – a lot of us find it difficult to reach out to companies and organisations on an individual basis.

“QF has brought all these companies, from a variety of specialisations, all under one roof. It’s an excellent opportunity for students to actually talk to representatives from these companies.”

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