Doha, Qatar, August 28, 2019: 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. It is offered in collaboration with Kuder Inc., a world leader in career planning services.

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, from 8am to 2pm, while the English edition will run from November 10-14, from 8am to 2pm.

Mr. Abdulla Al-Mansoori, Director, QCDC, 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."

The course will bring together career advisors, academic counselors, 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.

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’.

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.

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.

Lecturers include Mr. Khalifa Al Yafei, a certified career counselor with extensive experience in the field of higher education, who was recently appointed both Director of Academic Affairs and Lecturer at Northumbria University in Qatar. The course will be moderated by Mrs. Anita Abraham, a Professional Development Specialist of Science at the National Center for Educational Development, College of Education, Qatar University. Mrs. Abraham, who has more than 25 years of experience in the field of education, will be joined by Mrs. Susanna Mascarenhas, a Professional Development Specialist at the National Center for Educational Development, College of Education, Qatar University, who has seen first-hand the role of education in the growth of Qatar over the past 28 years.
To register for the Career Advisor Training Course or lean more about the program, visit, call 44546815, or e-mail


Qatar Career Development Center - Your Future in Your Hands
Qatar Career Development Center (QCDC), a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, formerly known as Qatar Career Fair (QCF), aims to be the country’s beacon for career guidance, preparing the nation’s young human capital to respond to the requirements of the QNV 2030, by instilling career guidance within Qatar’s socio-economic culture.
QCDC supports Qatari capacity building and empowers youth to better plan their career paths in line with their potential and the future needs of Qatar’s labour market. It also equips parents and career guidance and development practitioners with career guidance knowledge and information needed so they may best advice and guide their children and students.
QCDC also aims to enrich and support career guidance policy making and practices by contributing to quality career literature, insights and consulting as well as offering high quality career services by professional experts.
Qatar Foundation – Unlocking Human Potential
Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) is a non-profit organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF strives to serve the people of Qatar and beyond by providing specialized programs across its innovation-focused ecosystem of education, research and development, and community development.
QF was founded in 1995 by His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, the Father Amir, and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, who shared the vision to provide Qatar with quality education. Today, QF’s world-class education system offers lifelong learning opportunities to community members as young as six months through to doctoral level, enabling graduates to thrive in a global environment and contribute to the nation’s development.
QF is also creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub in Qatar, where homegrown researchers are working to address local and global challenges. By promoting a culture of lifelong learning and fostering social engagement through programs that embody Qatari culture, QF is committed to empowering the local community and contributing to a better world for all.

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