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QRCS's Corner Receives Remarkable Response at Education City Career Fair 2017
Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) participates in the annual Education City Career Fair 2017, held over two days at Hamad bin Khalifa University's (HBKU) Student Center, for the purpose of enabling fresh graduates and professionals in various fields to meet public and private-sector employers. Qatar Red Crescent (QRCS) participates in the annual Education City Career Fair 2017, held over two days at Hamad bin Khalifa University's (HBKU) Student Center, for the purpose of enabling fresh graduates and professionals in various fields to meet public and private-sector employers. QRCS has a corner at the Career Fair venue to engage with both the job seekers and representatives of exhibitors (including government bodies, civil society organizations, businesses, media institutions, and social initiatives). With a generous invitation from HBKU, QRCS is the only humanitarian organization to participate in this event. On the first day, QRCS's corner received wide attendance by those interested in humanitarian action. This more-than-expected response reflects a public recognition of QRCS's nonprofit work as a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and an auxiliary to the State of Qatar in its local and international humanitarian efforts. The visitors are introduced to QRCS's humanitarian mission and activities in Qatar and worldwide. Then, quick interviews are made with them to find out about their professional competencies and the types of jobs they seek — i.e., as full-time staff, interns, or volunteers. Later, the submitted résumés are collected to build a database for classification, filtration by specialty and experience, and recruitment of the best candidates. Other goals of the fair are to closely investigate the labor market, identify the available skills and latest employment trends, recruit young professionals that match the nature and requirements of QRCS's humanitarian mandate, and develop the knowledge and practice of university graduates through internships. A comprehensive employment plan is in place to pursue the best candidates not only in relief work and emergency management, but generally in the various job categories of QRCS's organizational structure. During the event, the visitors are invited to join the Seventh Disaster Management Camp (DMC-7), to be held at the Marine Scouts Camp, Al-Khor, 3-12 April 2017. Organized under the patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, DMC-7 is the top disaster management and emergency life-saving training event in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). This camp is an opportunity for future relief workers to build their capacity before mobilization in real-world disaster zones.