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University students learn from experts at Qatar Shell Research and Technology Centre

Qatar: Tuesday, July 09 - 2013 @ 15:46

Students accompanied leading professionals for a full working day, in order to better understand the role of a professional scientist and witness first-hand some of the future career paths available to them.

The visit was part of ‘Job Shadow Day’, a successful initiative by Injaz Qatar, a non-profit organisation and member of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, and Bedaya Center for Entrepreneurship and Career Guidance. The program is tailored to meet the needs of a diverse group of students by providing them with experiential learning sessions for career planning and to prepare them for the work environment.

Scientists and researchers from QSRTC were keen to share their knowledge with the students and provided insight into the oil and gas industry’s activities, including the upstream sector (commonly known as the Exploration and Production sector), as well as seismic acquisition, which is a method that helps scientists understand the Earth’s properties and the potential of natural resource reserves before drilling.

Youssif Saleh, General Manager of QSRTC, expressed his delight at being able to support bright students in Qatar, and introduce them to a host of technical careers.

“In keeping with Qatar’s National Vision 2030 goals, this visit is among many that QSRTC organises to demonstrate to talented students, particularly Qatari nationals, the vital importance of science and research and the significant role it plays in driving the country’s economy,” said Mr. Saleh. “Our goal is to broaden Qatar’s research capacity and we are committed to helping youth discover the many rewarding career possibilities that are available to them in this promising industry. Shell believes that attracting, training and retaining young talent, like these students, is key to the company’s success.”

The Job Shadow Day initiative, which is part of Injaz Qatar’s comprehensive Job Readiness Program, targets university students between the ages of 16 and 24. The program has been designed to equip youth in Qatar with practical experience prior to graduation, while facilitating sufficient networking and employment opportunities for the future.

Injaz Qatar Executive Director Aysha Al Mudahka said, “Job Shadow Day is a great opportunity for university students to experience a real life work environment through shadowing a professional working in their desired career field. Stemming from our Work Readiness Pillar, this initiative aims to inspire and motivate Qatar’s youth by giving them the chance to be part of major companies in the country. We are grateful to Shell and all companies participating in this program, for giving this opportunity to students at a time when they are still growing and developing academically.”

Lolwa Al-Nasser, a Qatar Shell-sponsored Petroleum Engineering student at Texas A&M University at Qatar spent the day shadowing geophysicist Patrik Stigborg. “The day was amazing and full of activities that kept me busy. My supervisor was friendly and helpful and the experience gave me wonderful insight into my future career,” said Lolwa.

Sara Kombargi, a chemical engineering student from Qatar University also took time shadowing Dr. Stigborg and says it was a worthwhile experience that has inspired her to continue on the current path in her technical studies in order to achieve all her future career goals.

Sara said, “Our supervisor explained in detail the projects he is working on. We also got involved in scientific conversations with other colleagues at QSRTC. We tour of the laboratory and got to observe the highly sophisticated technical processes that Shell implement. This has motivated me to work harder to reach my career goals.”

Early in 2013, the total number of Qataris working for Shell reached 300 employees. They hold technical and commercial positions at all levels of the company from young people newly-starting their careers to senior managers. Upon joining, Qataris gain a deep understanding of Shell through a global on-boarding programme. Each employee is provided with the career progression tools that enable competence and skill development. Shell provides multiple approaches to learning, which includes on-the-job coaching, mentoring, short term international assignments, online training, and internal and external courses.

Shell won the Industry Qatarization awards for three years in a row, in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and also received the Support for Qatarization award this year.

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