Posted on May 09, 2013

Qatar Career Fair (QCF), member of Qatar Foundation, recently hosted its second Lecture, entitled “The working women in Qatar: professional aspirations and social traditions”, at Community College in Qatar (CCQ). The event was well attended by female university students and career-minded women in Qatar, who were eager to partake in the dynamic discussion that featured a stellar panel of top Qatari career women.  Also in attendance were Abdulla Al Mansoori, Executive Director of QCF and Dr Ebrahim Al Naeimi, President of CCQ.

As one of the panel of speakers, Najat Abdulraheem Abdulraheem, Business Development and Innovation Manager at Ooredoo, told the audience of her personal experience as a career woman in Qatar and how she overcame the obvious challenges of being an Arab woman studying in the West. The second speaker, Aysha Al Mudehki, Executive Director of Injaz Qatar stressed on the importance of learning from experienced individuals in order to progress and shared that her family, in particular, her mother, had played a significant role in encouraging her to become the career woman that she is today.

The third speaker, Maryah Al Dafaa, Project Director President Office at Qatar Foundation, told the audience that the word “impossible” does not exist in her vocabulary and how this has been the formula of her successful journey as a career woman. Al Dafaa launched her own business while in university, which has now become one of the leading brands in Doha. The final speaker, Buthaina Al Ansari, Senior Director Human Resources Department at Ooredoo, advised audiences on the importance of setting proper plans in order to achieve ones goals. She added that women in this era should count themselves lucky as they now have numerous opportunities that women a decade ago did not have. Al Ansari also stressed on the need to have female leaders in Qatar beyond the corporate workforce.

The lecture was well received by the women in attendance as it addressed how to overcome gender, cultural and social barriers and excel in the workforce. It also addressed how reiterated the important role of education in promoting forward development in this area.

In his opening remarks, Al Mansoori said, “QCF is highly pleased with the outcome of today’s lecture as it demonstrates how important such events are in promoting career awareness amongst Qatari men and women. It is encouragement for QCF to continue our efforts along this path and we look forward to organizing more awareness lecturers of this kind as we work towards a knowledge-based economy.”

The Qatar Career Fair – Lecture Series reflects the commitment of QCF which provides young Qataris with the ideal environment to understand their prospects in the Qatar job market in terms of career orientation, key areas of employment, skill requirements, and training and development opportunities. QCF is a career-building platform that aims to connect Qatari students, job seekers, employers and other constituents in an effort to create a dynamic future workforce of Qatari nationals.