Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation, has opened registration for the next edition of its Career Advisor Training Course (CATC), which aims to equip participants with the skills and tools to provide career guidance to young people. Launched by QCDC in 2015, CATC is the first customized training program for careers advisors in Qatar and the Gulf region.
The course will be delivered in both Arabic and in English during separate sessions held at Education City. The Arabic edition will run from September 8-12, while the English edition will run from November 10-14.
Director at QCDC Abdulla Al Mansoori said: "Participants in this edition of the CATC will represent the eighth and ninth batches of graduates, and will join more than 110 participants who have already acquired the knowledge and skills that this program exclusively offers; skills that cannot be acquired elsewhere in Qatar or the region."
A number of different topics will be covered throughout the program, 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'.
The course will bring together career advisors, academic counsellors, HR personnel, mentors, and professors, as well as parents. Participants will acquire skills that will equip them to serve as potential career advisors and will gain insight into their own career development and those of the young people they advise.
Applicants will also learn how to guide and follow up with students or clients using a career planning system, and will also gain knowledge of technology-based applications that benefit career development. The course is offered in collaboration with Kuder Inc., a world leader in career planning services.
Participants will be given the opportunity to use the new Career Advising System (CAS), a career planning system developed by QCDC designed to assist students in planning their academic future. QCDC rolled out CAS across public secondary schools in Qatar during the second semester of the 2017-2018 academic year, within the framework of an MoU between QCDC and the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
As part of the new CAS, participants will be able to employ diverse and innovative psychometric and personality assessment tools to explore their personal skills and potential career tracks.
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