Doha,April,1:With Qatar’s largest career fair just days away, thousands of students are polishing their CVs, ready to find work or learn more about their career prospects. Yet despite the wealth of high-calibre opportunities offered by the burgeoning energy and industry sector, there is an increasing trend for Qatari high school graduates to pursue non-technical, humanities-based majors, potentially limiting their own career choices in technical industries and Qatar’s future growth.
In recognition of this challenge, Maersk Oil Qatar , the country’s largest offshore operator has developed a tailor-made Qatari Graduate Development Programme (QGDP), aimed at providing development opportunities for non-engineering students who want to succeed in the industry.
Fawzi Al-Ajji, Head of Qatarization at Maersk Oil Qatar commented, “Qatar’s economy is flourishing and nowhere more so than within the energy and industry sectors. Careers in this field are highly rewarding and provide wonderful long-term opportunities. Nevertheless, there remains a shortage of Qatari graduates choosing and succeeding in this career path due to a lack of technical or industrial knowledge; we want to help change this. So in 2012 we developed a graduate programme which has been tailored to attract and retain Qatar’s brightest and most ambitious young people to our industry by providing a development path for non-technical graduates, similar to the structured path offered to our engineers.”
Maersk Oil ‘s QGDP is targeted towards Qatari graduates who lack more than several years of work experience and aims to bridge the gap between graduating and being able to assume key positions in the E&I sector. It helps aspiring candidates to move more quickly up the career ladder by taking a holistic training approach towards the business, rather than just focusing on candidates’ sole area of study.
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