Expectations are high among young Qatari jobseekers as the fifth annual Qatar Career Fair opens today at the Qatar National Convention Centre.
The event held under the patronage of the Heir Apparent H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani is an annual one and is aimed at supporting and guiding young Qatari job seekers. It will host more than 100 participants and is targeting over 40,000 visitors.
“With so many new Qatari graduates eager to enter the job market and 130 public and private sector companies participating, this year’s Qatar Career Fair will be well worth attending,” said Hassan Al Hammadi, Executive Director of Qatar Foundation’ s Human Resources Directorate.
Qatar Foundation is the key organiser of the event in collaboration with Qatar Petroleum, Emiri Diwan, Qatar University and Ministry of Labour.
Qatar Career Fair 2012 will be held till April 5, under the theme ‘Write the Next Chapter in Qatar’s Success,’ with the Pen — symbol of education— as the logo of the fair. The fair at the exhibition area of the Qatar National Convention Centre will be divided into different sectors like energy and industry, business and finance, education, health, sports, and government.
On the sidelines of the event, a host of activities including seminars, lectures and workshops and competitions to attract job seekers will be held to raise awareness of the requirements of the labour market.
The organisations participating at the fair will have their employees available throughout the event on hand to provide advice and talk to prospective employees about existing vacancies across various departments within their companies and institutions.
Since its launch in 2007 the Qatar Career Fair has received more than 40,000 visitors with the participations of more than hundred companies, each year. Among the large number of visitors the most eligible candidates have been recruited to institutions for different positions.
Qatar Foundation has given job opportunities and training facilities for more than 60 young Qataris selected form last year’s Qatar Career Fair.
A total of 25 university and high school graduates have been given the opportunity to pursue a career and 40 students are given the opportunity for training, with the Qatar Foundation out of a pool over 2,000 applications.
“All 25 of them are direct recruits and were appointed against a target position and under a two year program they will be trained to the target position to the target position,” said Ahmed A Al Obaidali, Recruitment Manager, Talent Sourcing and Development Department, HR Directorate, Qatar Foundation, during the recruitment last year.
The recruitments were done against 200 vacancies at more than 50 agencies and departments at the Qatar Foundation, existed during the Qatar Career Fair 2011.
Qatar Petroleum another organiser of the fair has supported over 500 job seekers in through job opportunities and scholarships. “Qatar Petroleum since the end of Qatar Career Fair 2011 has hired 576 graduates from high schools and universities and provided 65 scholarships for high school graduates,” said Ali Nasser Telfat, Corporate Training Manager, Cooperate Training, Qatar Petroleum said recently.
Qatar Career Fair 2012 will open its doors to the public from 12 noon until 9pm today. From tomorrow until Thursday it will be open between 9am and 9pm while on Wednesday 9am to 3pm will be only for women.
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