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Texas A&M at Qatar hosts industry representatives at annual networking event

Published Dec 11, 2018

Texas A&M University at Qatar recently hosted its annual Career Networking Night at the Texas A&M Engineering Building in Education City, Doha, Qatar.

More than 65 students and 25 former students met with 65 representatives from 35 companies in the region about internship and employment opportunities.

The event was sponsored by Dolphin Energy and organized by the Student Engineers’ Council (SEC) at Texas A&M at Qatar in cooperation with the Office of Development, Engagement and Outreach. The SEC provides professional development opportunities and avenues for career advancement for students.

The goal of the event is to shorten the gap between the classroom and the corporate world and assist students to build connections with representatives at companies that they want to intern for or work at.

The event began with remarks from the dean of Texas A&M at Qatar, Dr. César O. Malavé. “I hope that those of you here tonight from industry come away impressed with our students and I hope that all of our students make connections tonight as you begin your careers.”

The manager of industry engagement and alumni affairs at Texas A&M at Qatar Sarah Aboulhosn said, “I appreciate the effort put forth by employers, and their continued support of our students and institution, as well as the hard work and dedication that students display in preparing themselves for their careers. Companies are eager to meet and discuss potential career opportunities with our students as much as our students are eager to network with and learn from them.”

This networking event makes that possible. Aboulhosn stressed the necessity of such events to help students transition from the classroom to the workplace. “Internships are such an important learning opportunity for students. These experiences allow students to implement the technical knowledge and skills learned in the classroom, as well as experience the professional environment of the workplace. The Career Networking Night is an opportunity for students to explore internship and employment opportunities at companies that match their career interests.”

Malavé said, “Since 2007 we’ve graduated more than 950 students who have contributed significantly to the State of Qatar. Our students are well-rounded and have a track record of leadership and excellence. Why hire an Aggie engineer? By the end of the night, our students will show you why.”

Aboulhosn concluded, “The employers responded positively toward us, which allowed students to make valuable connections. It is great to see recruiters searching for talent from within Qatar.”