DWC Alumnae Association engages with new students at “The Big Sisters Talk” event

Published September 28th, 2010 - 09:43 GMT

Dubai Women's College Alumnae Association members organized recently "The Big Sisters' Talk" event to share their life experiences with new students and to provide them with realistic advice about how to prepare themselves for successful careers in different fields. The event's organized by DWC Alumnae Association and DWC Career Center "CAREERS".

The event represents the first step of DWC Alumnae Association reconnecting with the College as they are planning to volunteer to mentor approximately 250 new students from Foundation and BAS Direct Entry program throughout their college life.

Commenting on this, Rabia Bekhazi, Supervisor of CAREERS, said "In this increasingly competitive employment market there is no substitute for one-to-one advice from people who have been professionally successful. That's why DWC Alumnae Association members are willing to become mentors to our new students, to provide realistic advice about breaking into a particular field."

Ms. Latifa Fekri, President of DWC Alumnae Association, currently holding the position of Vice-President – Product Marketing E-Vision at Etisalat, stated that it is important that new students get insights from the Alumnae on how their life was like during their college days and after graduation. Latifa always stresses on the fact that Dubai Women's College has been the successful start of her professional and personal life, "Like other DWC graduates, I am really proud that I was lucky to be part of the success record of the college, DWC proved over the years its ability to introduce successful businesswomen, employees and active Emirati leaders to the UAE community," she pointed out.

DWC graduates enter the work life with clear understanding of their important role in the advancement of the country therefore, they are the best role models for the fresh students to learn and be inspired from.

"Our role as DWC Alumnae Association is to also encourage our members to play a continuous active role in the UAE community beside their usual duties, we will always have set of volunteers who will participate in helping with matters that concern our society," Latifa added.

Another source of inspiration for the students was DWC alumnae Tarifa Ajaif, a BA graduate of Business Administration in 2000, currently working on her Ph.D., who addressed the new Foundation students. Tarifa shared her studying experience at Dubai Women's College and how this has equipped her with essential skills to become lifelong learner and persistent about her options in life. Tarifa urged students to maximize their learning experience in their first year of the college through utilizing college resources, benefiting from teachers and college administration and participate in wide college life activities and events. She also encouraged students to engage themselves in community projects and voluntary work experience to enhance their skills and expand their career options.

Mariam Al Afridi, who graduated with a Bachelor of IT in 2005, and is a recipient of the Alumnae Academic Achievement Award spoke to the new students who were admitted directly into the bachelor degree program. Mariam shared information to help the students understand that they started in the same place these new students are – scared, but excited to start their college careers. Through hard work and perseverance, they too can achieve their dreams. 

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