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Student leaders to foster career planning among their peers

Qatar: Wednesday, December 12 - 2012 @ 11:00

The two-day workshop included sessions focusing on effective career planning, the importance of early thinking about career decisions, as well as on developing personal skills such as leadership and communications.

Students participating in the workshop were selected from within the student councils of their respective independent secondary schools, with the purpose of them spreading awareness about early career decision making among their fellow students in secondary schools around Qatar.

The Bedaya Center is a joint-initiative between Qatar Development Bank and Silatech. The center provides young people in Qatar access to a range of services covering both career development and entrepreneurship.

Bedaya Center Manager Saleh Al Khulaifi, said, “Through this campaign, we try to solve a very important issue among Qatari students, career planning has never been recognized. Now students are made aware of the many different career options that are available to them, and how important it is to choose based on their particular preferences, strengths and weaknesses in order to find the career path that suits them best.”

Director of the College and Career Advising Office at the Higher Education Institute Fawziya Al- Naama, said, “The campaign compliments our work at the Advising Career Development Center, which aims to promote wise decision making in choosing the desired career and the education that is needed to achieve it. The sessions offered during the past two days reflect the essence of our efforts to spread this knowledge at an early stage.”

Silatech Senior Career Advising Manager Salwa Atiyyah commented on the choice of selecting student representatives to influence their peers: “It is important to mobilize this particular segment of the student population and empower them with the right knowledge to help them spread awareness of the importance of proper career planning among their fellow secondary school students.”

She added, “The workshop emphasizes the importance of early thinking about career decision making, as good planning leads to an educated career choice, as opposed to a spontaneous or peer-influenced one.”

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