(MENAFN - The Peninsula) By Safa Ramadan Al Sawwaf | The Peninsula
Doha:A young Qatari girl has launched an initiative to help the students in very early stages in choosing appropriate courses and jobs in a unique way.
The initiative, ‘Future Compass' aims at helping school students in choosing an appropriate specialised course at schools and the university so they could get jobs in the fields of their interests for better performance and productivity. The initiative is a brainchild of Eman Al Obaide, a 15-year student of Mesaieed Government Secondary School for Girls.
The idea came to Al Obaide during a practical training course organised by Al Jazeera Media Institute. 'The course helped me in a big way to discover my interests in university courses and job and specialisations required by Qatari job market, Eman Al Obaide, the Founder and CEO of Future Compass.
She said that many students (boys and girls) faced problems due to choosing inappropriate specialised courses in the university causing waste of money and time. 'It is noticed that such students after a while dropped their courses and took admission in another course, said Al Obaide. She said that similar thing also happened in case of choosing jobs out of the interests because such employees will be weak in productivity and performance.
Al Obaide said that the initiative, ‘Future Compass' was launched in 2018 to solve these problems. 'The initiative targeted the students of secondary schools aged from 15 to 18 to solve the problem of choosing wrong courses and jobs in the beginning, said Al Obaide adding that the students with the help of field training will be able to choose the professions in which they are interested.
She said that that students will be taken on field training during their vacations to the government institutions and private firms like Qatar Television, Qatar Radio and Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC).
'The initiative aims at helping them to choose the courses and jobs in which they are interested so they could make innovation and achievements, said Al Obaide. She said that the team of the initiative, ‘Future Compass' is comprising with 10 members including students of schools and universities and job holders as volunteers to contribute in the implementation of Qatar National Vision 2030.
Speaking about the challenges to the initiative, Al Obaide said that the biggest challenges are financial support and difficulty in communication with authorities concerned because it is not easy to convince them that such young students can do this great job.
'The initiative made remarkable achievement as it is currently cooperating with 25 institutions working in different specialised fields in which about 200 students who joined the initiative started working from December 23, 2018, said Al Obaide.
She said that so far the initiative did not get any source of finance, running on personal support and urged government institutions and private firms to extend their helping hands to ‘Future Compass' which was established to serve the Qatari community and national economy.