More than 4,000 visitors attended the latest edition of the Career Village, organised by Qatar Career Development Centre (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF) in cooperation with the Social Development Centre, ‘Nama’.
The three-day event, held at Multaqa welcomed preparatory and secondary school students from 100 public and private schools from across Qatar, who learned about various professions, as well as the academic disciplines that lead to these career paths.
The event was attended by HE the Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Yousuf bin Mohamed al-Othman Fakhroo and QF Pre-University Education president Buthaina Ali al-Nuaimi.
Abdulla al-Mansoori, director, QCDC, said, “We are delighted with Career Village’s continued success, and are pleased with the meaningful outputs that these comprehensive, useful, and enjoyable events produce. QCDC places strong emphasis on promoting a culture of career planning among youth without putting any kind of psychological pressure on students. Rather, we must provide youth with all the tools to help them choose the most appropriate career paths in line with their qualifications and ambitions, in a favourable atmosphere that ensures their future success and contribute to the nation’s prosperity."
On the sidelines of the event, Nama launched its ‘Tamakkan’ campaign, an initiative designed to raise awareness among the youth of the importance of career development in line with the needs of the Qatari job market, drawing on the expertise of experienced professionals and retirees to equip young people with the skills to contribute to their community.
Amal A al-Mannai, CEO of Qatar Foundation for Social Work and acting executive director of Nama, said she was pleased with the centre’s participation in Career Village, noting that Nama’s participation has enabled social entrepreneurs and members of Tamakkan’s campaign to connect with school and university.
The event brought together representatives from 35 leading Qatar-based organisations and institutions from numerous industries including education, business and finance, energy and manufacturing, communication and transportation, health, security, media, and culture.
Entities included the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs - Institute of Public Administration; the Ministry of Interior - Human Resources Department, General Directorate of Civil Defence, Traffic Department, General Directorate of Coasts and Borders Security, and Police College - Hamad Medical Corporation; and Qatar Airways.
The event also featured a caricature exhibition organised by Nama to highlight the challenges faced by youth when it comes to professional development.