The Heir Apparent, H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, will open the second edition of Qatar Career Fair (QCF) at Doha International Exhibition Center on April 12. The five-day fair, exclusively meant for Qatari nationals, is expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors, said Abdullah Ahmad Al Mansoori, General Manager, QCF, yesterday.
Mansoori said nearly 115 companies, including 16 oil companies, have confirmed their participation in the event this time. Thirty new companies are joining this year’s QFC. The participants include ministries, public and private companies, banks and insurance companies.
Mansoori described QCF as a big boost to the country’s ongoing Qatarisation programme. “Many young Qataris and fresh Qatari graduates benefited form the previous year’s fair. “Nearly 20,000 people visited the 2007 career fair. Of them, the majority were either students or fresh graduates. This time, we are expecting more than 30,000 visitors. One day will be exclusively meant for women visitors”, he said.
The event is meant to enable students and fresh graduates to plan their future by identifying an ideal career for them. The event will provide a platform for employers to meet with potential candidates and to talk to them and introduce them to the work opportunities available to them, all in one place. The fair will also offer a chance for students to have a more comprehensive view of the various types of jobs, training and development plans offered by various institutions.
The participating public and private sector companies have been categorised as Diamond, Pearl, Gold, Silver and Bronze exhibitors. The Diamond exhibitors include the Emiri Diwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the General Command of Qatar Armed Forces, Vodafone, RasGas Company Limited, QatarGas, Maersk-QP, Doha Land, Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation and Qatari Diar.
The event venue will be divided into ‘villages’ based on the sectors represented — government, energy and industry, finance and business, education, health and sports.
As part of the fair, special courses, workshops and seminars on developing skills in writing CVs, giving job interviews and other employment-related subjects like work ethics, will be conducted.
Al Mansoor invited all students, fresh graduates, professionals and parents to visit the fair and benefit from the event. The fair will be open to the public on the first day from 4pm to 8pm. On other days it will be open from 9am to 8pm. Entry will be reserved for women on April 15 from 9am to 3pm.
The QCF is an annual event organised jointly by Qatar Foundation, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar University and the Ministry of Labour. The event was started to provide career opportunities to Qatari students and graduates and meet the demands of the labour market and facilitate Qatarisation across all sectors of the economy.
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