Posted on November 22, 2015

Al Khalij Commercial Bank (al khaliji) Q.S.C partnered once again with Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q) for a workshop targeting current students and new graduates. The bank’s initiatives came in line with its career program and its continuous drive to help shape Qatari youth into the country’s future leadership.

Held at the university premises and hosted by al khaliji’s Group CEO, Mr. Fahad Al Khalifa, the workshop offered attendees in-depth insight and information around the Qatari banking and finance sector at large, as well as al khaliji’s evolution, talent development programs and future plans.

The workshop served as a networking platform, offering students exposure to future employment opportunities and career prospects, and al khaliji access to dynamic, ambitious and prominent talents.The workshop extended al khaliji’s all-encompassing, long term and targeted talent recruitment and transformation program, which offers fresh students and employees cross-functional exposure, sustainable career advancement opportunities and continuous competency development at the bank.

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Commenting on the occasion, al khaliji’s Group CEO, Mr. Fahad Al Khalifa said: “We Thank Carnegie Mellon University and its faculty for graciously hosting this event.  It was a great opportunity to connect with future graduates and allowed us to harness the talents of these students. Our efforts and partnerships over the past years have all been directed by this belief, pouring into our collaboration with academic partners to bridge a conversational gap between Qatar’s banking and finance education landscape and job market realities and needs”.

From his part, Ilker Baybars, Dean and CEO of CMU-Q said: “Our students and graduates receive enormous benefit when they are mentored by partners in industry. alkhaliji’s commitment to fostering young talent shows students the practical side of the theory they learn in the classroom, which is a crucial element to the Carnegie Mellon Qatar experience”.

Upon joining al khaliji, new recruits are taken through an intensive week-long induction program, and are then enrolled in a rotation system across departments for a period of six to 12 months, during which they get an in-depth understanding and overview of the bank’s various departments. On a personal growth level, al khaliji offers its employees mentoring, coaching and classroom training, enabling them to hone specialized skill sets and guiding them in mapping out career advancement opportunities that are best suited for their capabilities. Also under the program, university students wishing to enter the field are provided with a host of internship opportunities at al khaliji that help direct them toward future career choices.