QCDC Wraps up 5th Edition of Its Career Advisor Training Course

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Published March 15th, 2018 - 06:02 GMT
Participants at the QCDC Career Advisor Training Course.
Participants at the QCDC Career Advisor Training Course.

Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has wrapped up the fifth edition of its Career Advisor Training Course (CATC), which aims to provide participants with essential career guidance and planning skills to assist young people in their career development journeys.

This edition of the course, offered only in English, brought together 15 career advisors, academic counsellors, and experts in career guidance and career development from leading Qatari organizations including QF, Awsaj Academy, Qatar Airways, and Qatar Petroleum.

Launched in 2015, the CATC is the first customized training program of its kind for career advisors in Qatar and the GCC region. The course is also certified by Kuder Inc, a world leader in career planning services.

Abdulla Al Mansoori, Director, QCDC, said: "We are very pleased with the success of the fifth edition of our Career Advisor Training Course, which builds on the success of the program’s previous editions. This course is of significant importance to professionals seeking to develop their career guidance skills.

"Throughout the five-day program, participants learned how to use and apply technology-driven applications to advance career development and to help students or adults make informed choices about university tracks and determine their career plans. Thus, this initiative plays a role in shaping our nation’s future by equipping participants with the necessary skills to guide Qatari youth,” he added.

Course instructors included Anita Abraham, Professional Development Specialist of Science, National Center for Educational Development, College of Education, Qatar University, who has worked in the field of education for 25 years; and Susanna Mascarenhas, Professional Development Specialist, National Center for Educational Development, College of Education, Qatar University, who, with a career spanning 28 years in Doha, has seen first-hand the growth of education in Qatar.

“The Career Advisor Training Course is quite different from the other workshops, as it meets the competencies required from career advisors. Participants learn how to deliver, plan, and implement a career guidance program at their workplace with students or the human resources they work with,” said Abraham.

“The course caters to the needs of career advisors, offering participants the opportunity not only to learn the theoretical aspect but also to apply it in different scenarios at the workplace. Participants also gained planning and creative thinking skills and learned how to deal with clients and students in different situations,” she added.

Ahmed Al-Baker, HR Training Specialist at Hamad International Airport, said the program was very useful:  “I recognized the importance of planning in the workplace and learned how to develop planning programs,” he said. “I also recognized the importance of understanding customers’ needs and how to work to achieve their goals and aspirations. We need more of these useful and important initiatives to train Qatari cadres in a bid to achieve the human development pillar of  Qatar National Vision 2030."

The course focused on nine areas, including ‘Helping Skills’, ‘Career Development and Choice Theory’, ‘Assessment and Career Planning’, ‘The Role of Information in Career Planning’, ‘Ethical Guidelines’, ‘Working with Groups’, ‘Using Technology’, ‘Employability Skills’, and ‘Program Planning and Implementation’.

Additionally, six months after the completion of the course, participants will have access to an online interface for the course, which will serve as a knowledge bank.

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