Posted on June 08, 2013

Qatar Career Fair (QCF), a member of Qatar Foundation, recently hosted the 4th Annual Human Resources Forum. The event brought together over 100 senior Human Resources professionals from the leading private and government sector companies that participated in QCF 2013 in April this year. The objective of the event was for QCF and the HR delegates involved, to discuss key issues and challenges faced during their participation in the fair, and to agree on best practices to ensure stronger synergy and better outcomes moving forward.

During the forum, which was held at the Student Centre of Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU), Abdulla Al Mansoori, Managing Director, QCF, addressed the delegates with an inspiring speech in which he talked about the fair’s dramatic growth in the past five years. He also stressed on the importance of forging stronger ties with human resources professionals in Qatar in order to ensure that the upward growth trajectory continues year after year.

“The Human Resource sector in Qatar has a significant role to play in developing the national workforce and contributing to the country’s overall progress towards a knowledge-based economy. In that respect, it is important for QCF and the HR sector to work in tandem with each other and to ensure that the best opportunities are provided for Qatari youth in their career development path”, said Al Mansoori. 

Al Mansoori further commented, “As the biggest career development fair of its kind in a country that is focused on investing in its human capital, QCF provides a pivotal platform for industry stakeholders to form collaborative ties that help to nurture the capabilities of young citizens and guide them on the right path for a more secure and dynamic future”.

During the event, Dr. Mohammad Abul-Ola, Specialized Researcher in Career Development and Skill Formation, presented a programme entitled ‘Career Advisor Training (CAT) Foundation course’. Aimed at raising awareness on the important role of career guidance and mentoring, the program is designed to help career counselling professionals acquire and apply best practices in this field. Inhis presentation, Dr.Abul-Ola stated that a higher quality of career counselling is pivotal in order to support the needs of youth in today’s modern societies.

Over 66 thousand visitors attended the fair this year, making it the most successful edition to date. However, the final outcomes and findings will be determined over the course of the year once all participating companies have submitted their data. Al Mansoori reiterated the importance of HR departments in each company to disclose the results of their participation in the fair as it will help ascertain where the opportunities for education employment, training and development lie. 

“We are working diligently to study the outcomes of each company’s participation this year’s fair, and it is imperative that companies, especially through their HR function, work closely with QCF in ensuring that we present accurate data to our audiences”, concluded Al Mansoori.