QCDC camp instills basics of strong career culture in youth

 06 Feb 2018 - 12:04

QCDC camp instills basics of strong career culture in youth
Participants of QCDC Winter Career Camp 2018 during a visit to Education City.

By Fazeena Saleem | The Peninsula 

DOHA: The fourth edition of the Winter Career Camp which is held as part of Qatar Career Development Center’s (QCDC) activities to instill the basics of a strong career culture among youth, concluded recently.

During the closing ceremony of the camp held at the Education City Student Center, participating students were awarded certificates. 

QCDC, a member of Qatar Foundation during the week-long camp provided several workshops, lectures and field visits to encourage students choose a suitable career path.  

Abdulla Al Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said, “Our Winter Career Camp is designed with a very simple, yet effective, approach: young participants are given the opportunity to reflect and learn about their abilities, skills, and professional preferences in a simple, enjoyable, and uncomplicated way, with the aim of choosing the career that best suits their talents.”

Speaking to The Peninsula, Al Masoori highlighted that several more similar camps will continue to be held in 2018.  “We will continue to hold camps with the vision to help youth increase their skills and competencies which will enable them to optimise their future career,” he said. 

On the closing day of the fourth winter camp, also held a workshop on “The Role of Parents in Guiding their Children’s Career Paths.”  How parents influence their children’s decision-making and the importance of introducing the concepts of career guidance to families, was highlighted during the workshop. 

It also examined the Career Decision-Making Paradigm, which is a practical tool and a mental probing exercise that aims to assist individuals, particularly young people, in identifying suitable academic and career paths.

During the camp, students also participated in various educational career activities, programs, and interactive training workshops to increase their awareness about the importance of academic and professional planning for their future. 

The activities and workshops were designed to provide students with a range of useful practical skills, enhance their self-confidence, and instill entrepreneurship, perseverance, and teamwork.

The fourth winter camp also gave participants the opportunity to visit varies institutions involved the fields of tourism, transportation, culture and media. 

During the visits they gained first-hand knowledge about the nature of the professions available in these institutions and a realistic understanding of professional life.

The participants visited the QF Headquarters and were introduced to the Qatar National Library, Education City, and QF’s partner universities.  They visited the  Katara as well and learned about several entities within the premises, including the Northwestern University in Qatar’s studio.   Students also visited the Qatar Tourism Authority, Qatar Railways Company and Qatar Airways. 

Further, the camp included an introductory session about universities including the Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar University, Community College of Qatar, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Stenden University Qatar, among others.  

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