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Students "grow" at Qatar Career Fair summer camp.

DOHA QATARI high school students who participated in the Qatar Career Fair"s (QCF) first career-focused summer camp that concluded recently shared some of their wonderful experiences about career and growth.

Organised in partnership with Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), around 50 male and female students of the 10th, 11th and 12th grades enrolled from different private and independent schools in a week-long series of professional activities designed to enhance their career planning skills.

Speaking to Qatar Tribune, Director of QCF Abdulla al Mansoori said that the camp had four main objectives. "The idea was to give an opportunity to the youngsters to think about their future careers. We wanted them to put some kind of planning for themselves through several techniques and activities which was provided at the summer camp. It was an opportunity to identify them and know themselves through several assessment tests which they undertook during the camp activities,"A[yen] Mansoori said.

"The camp also aimed to allow participants to interact with their colleagues from other schools. We engaged them with several organisations so that they can start building relations,"A[yen] he said.

Mansoori added that the QCF was planning to continue to hold the camp every summer.

Talking about her experience at the camp, Raya Omer Almeguisib, a volunteer who graduated from English Modern School this year, said the experience was "unique and fulfilling."A[yen] She volunteered as a coordinator for girls. Raya registered the girl students in the morning, showed them where to go based on the day"s schedule and assisted them with practical work, among other things.

"It was a good experience. I came to know a lot of people and more about Qatar Career Fair. The experience I gained here will help me in the future,"A[yen] she said.

Grade 12 student at Qatar Leadership School Khalid al Ghoul said the camp helped him in various ways.

This included learning how to write CVs, preparing for an interview and public speaking.

"This camp was different from others. Other than the workshops, we participated in sporting activities. We learnt new skills like photography and used Adobe Photoshop. We also took part in a debate titled "Go Green". I think that these activities will help us in all spheres of life. I wish such camps are held regularly to empower young people,"A[yen] he said.

Maryam Ameen, a student from Al Maha Academy who will be in Grade 11 in September, said that apart from being taught on how to apply in universities, they also learnt about different courses.

"We first got to know about the universities available here and how to get accepted in a university. We learnt how to write personal statements and draft a CV and we also shared our experiences with new friends from other schools,"A[yen] said the student who is planning to study engineering.

Maryam al Sdi, another student from Rowdah Bint Mohammed Independent Secondary School, said she learnt more about sustainability.

"We learnt how to make solar system using recycled materials. I would love to take part in the camp again, next year,"A[yen] she said.

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Publication:Qatar Tribune (Doha, Qatar)
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Date:Jul 9, 2013
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