On October 5th, 2017, the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education held the first skill development opportunity of the 2017/2018 academic year for students in the Al Ghurair STEM Scholars Program. The exclusive, day-long workshop was held in collaboration with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a leading global management consulting firm. Over 50 Al Ghurair STEM Scholars pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees at the American University of Sharjah participated in the workshops.
During the workshops delivered by BCG’s Dubai office as part of its Social Impact Initiative, Al Ghurair STEM Scholars learned critical communication skills and job interviewing techniques for their impending entrance into the workforce, and received valuable feedback from over 20 BCG employees on live exercises that the scholars engaged in.
“Gaining exposure to a leading firm at the start of my higher education journey helps set the path for a more meaningful and holistic university experience. The workshop helped improve my communication skills in all aspects and made me realize how important communication is in my daily life, whether in my academic, professional or personal interactions,” said Eiman Mohamed, a first year Architecture scholar.
Rania Al-Madi, a second year Industrial Engineering scholar added that the “valuable one-on-one interaction with a seasoned BCG consultant gave me behind-the-scenes insight on how to best approach my interviewer and answer tricky questions. The workshop revealed more about the reality of the work-world, and I feel like I now know better how to manage my search in order to secure the career of my dreams.”
“At BCG, we believe in developing regional talent and supporting partners who are committed to empowering youth through education and skill development opportunities. Engaging with Al Ghurair STEM Scholars in the early stages of their university journey has also provided insights into the aspirations of Arab youth and has enabled us to better understand their interests and development needs,” says James Carty, Principal at BCG.
In line with the Foundation’s vision of creating the next generation of Arab leaders and citizens, the Al Ghurair STEM Scholars Program extends beyond financial support and offers high-achieving Arab students the opportunity to receive industry exposure and equip themselves with skills that are highly valued by employers. In the first year of the program, over 25 companies in the region engaged with Al Ghurair STEM Scholars in the UAE, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia by providing internships, job shadowing and skills training opportunities. Companies included Aramex, Bosch, Hikma Pharmaceuticals and Mashreq Bank.
The Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education is building a network of leading employers in the Arab World who are committed to developing regional talent and engaging with promising Arab youth throughout their university journey.