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Posted On: 17 June 2015 04:19 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:15 pm

Take Your Child to Work Day

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More than 120 Doha College students swapped their uniform for business attire as part of the college’s annual Take Your Child to Work Day recently [ed’s note: 11 June].

The programme is in its second year and is designed to give Year 10 students experience in the work place.

This year almost 100 organisations opened their doors to the students.

Key Stage 4 Leader Jennifer Stokes said the day-long placement offered a valuable insight into what it was like to go to work.

“The idea is to give them a flavour of work. For instance, they have to dress in work clothes and the times are different from school hours,” Mrs Stokes said.

“We are excited about this year’s event as we received extremely positive feedback from the students and participating organisations last year. We also grateful for the continued support from the College’s parents as the programme would not possible without their help,” she said.

“It’s helpful for students as they use the experience to prepare their personal statements for 6th Form and it is a great bonding opportunity for parents and children.”

Qatar Rail Construction Manager – Mshreib Station Mark Richards, who invited his 14-year-old son to work, said the initiative gave children an opportunity to see and understand the work being done by their parents in Qatar.

“It was great to have the Doha College students visit the construction sites of the Doha Metro,” Mr Richards said.

“The students, including my son Tyler, were fascinated by the work being done,” he said.

“The Take Your Child to Work Day initiative is excellent, as it gives our children an insight into the interesting and challenging work we are doing here in Doha.”

Parent Mukesh Gupta, whose daughter visited his office at Madina Group WLL, said the children were excited and seemed to have benefitted from the first-hand experience of a corporate environment.

Mrs Stokes said the Year 10 student responses to their work experience were extremely positive.

“This has been one of the greatest events the school has ever presented since it has helped me get an idea of the environment in a company as well as influence my education and career,” Year 10 student Ghufran Khan said.

“My day at work has given me an idea of what a work environment looks like and how it runs, and has also given me an understanding of what to expect and how to react to a situation in a workplace,” Armaan Chaiwalla, Year 10, said.

“It was such a good day!” Adriana Abella, Year 10.