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Monday, October 29, 2018

“Tawteen 360 Student Forum” charts career roadmap for high school students

“Tawteen 360 Student Forum” continued its activities on the second day (Monday) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, in the presence of HE Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources & Emiratisation, and HE Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazroui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs.

“Tawteen 360 Student Forum” continued its activities on the second day (Monday) at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, in the presence of HE Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources & Emiratisation, and HE Shamma bint Suhail Al Mazroui, Minister of State for Youth Affairs.

More than 1,800 Emirati high school students reacted positively with the various events and activities held alongside the forum, which aims to guide, train and empower Emirati youth and help them plan and create a roadmap for their professional future.

HE Nasser Al Hamli and HE Shamma Al Mazroui participated in a youth session, organised by the private sector’s Youth Council that highlighted the major challenges facing Emirati male and female employees in the private sector, and ways to overcome these challenges.

HE Nasser Al Hamli underlined the UAE’s great attention given to Emirati youth and providing them with all possible opportunities to become active members and contributors to achieving the goals of the National Agenda of the UAE Vision 2021 and contributing to shaping the country’s promising future.

He said: “There is a need for mindful youth leaders in the private sector who have the ability to perform their jobs and assignments efficiently. We need Emiratis who can lead and drive the economic sectors with competence.” He also highlighted the importance of youth training programmes and the accumulation of career experiences and workmanship as keys to career success.

HE Shamma Al Mazroui said that there are major challenges standing in the way of Emirati youth who want to join the private sector. However, there are a lot of innovative solutions to deal with these challenges and overcome them.

She urged the Youth Council members to help develop solutions to challenges and develop plans and programmes, asserting that the UAE attaches great importance to youth proposals and works to turn them into action.

The youth session highlighted the visions and directives of the wise leadership to invest in Emirati youth and enable them to achieve their future aspirations. The session noted that the private sector is evolving rapidly and allows its employees to gain and sharpen their skills and experience which makes it possible to meet the aspirations of young people.

In her lecture on the forum’s second day, HE Al Mazroui, said: “The forum has a lineup of events that can give answers to questions by young people about the private sector, its challenges, requirements and job opportunities.” She also reaffirmed the importance of working in the private sector, which is a key pillar of development.

HE Al Mazroui urged Emirati youth to pay more attention to vocational training while studying at universities and to take the initiative of looking for a suitable workplace they wish to work in. She also encourage the participating university students to start from now to familiarise themselves with the nature of work in economic sectors and to grasp the available job opportunities, as this is the only way the youth can achieve career success and fulfill their aspirations for the future.

The “Tawteen 360 Student Forum” was sponsored by the Education and Human Resources Council, and was organised by the Ministry of Human Resources & Emiratisation in partnership with the Ministry of Education and the private sector.

It featured six main areas featuring guiding and training where students participated in 10 workshops on career guidance and evaluation that aimed to equip participants with the tools and skills they need to succeed in job interviews, and teach them how to write a professional resume and set their career plans and goals.

The students also engaged in 20 training workshops dealing with communication and teamwork skills, cooperation, innovation and analytical thinking, as well as the code of ethics and professional conduct at the private sector.

They also participated in eight sessions on awareness and motivation where a number of young Emirati men and women shared their success stories and experiences in Emaar, Mubadala, Yasat, IPM, Al Futtaim, and Targate.

The participating students were introduced to training and summer job opportunities, where 10 companies gave presentations on the available training opportunities and offers for summer jobs. The companies conducted interviews with students to find out whether these opportunities meet their wishes and career aspirations.

During the event, five universities offered scholarships for students, who familiarised themselves with major studies and academic programmes offering these scholarships. The participants also learned about future jobs and professions.

The forum will conclude its activities on Tuesday, with the participation of national service recruits. Over 1,500 UAE university students took part in the first day of the forum.

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