3-day career counselling programme in Abu Dhabi

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By A Staff Reporter

Published: Sat 18 Jun 2005, 10:31 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:02 PM

These and a host of other posers will provide food for thought at an informative three-day educational and career guidance programme that will also mark the inauguration of Innovative Development for Educational Aptitude (IDEA), a non-profit educational and socio-cultural organisation, whose main focus of interest is the student community.

IDEA is the result of the pooling of thoughts and talents of a group of 45 professionals in the capital city, who came together to devise ways and means of honing the talents of students.

“Children are a bundle of energy with unbounded potential if their talents are harnessed properly,” said T. S. Iyer, a founding member of the new outfit.

All other members who are rendering honorary services are drawn from various professional fields.

The first day of the event, to be held at the Abu Dhabi Indian School on June 22, will see a career guidance course, focusing on commerce and finance streams. The programme on the second day will address itself career guidance on general streams, including journalism, and engineering, while the last day will turn attention to medical science.

There will also be a quiz competition for grade 6 students on the concluding day.

A host of speakers who have all carved a niche for themselves in their chosen disciplines will dilate on the merits and demerits of their choice.

The subjects to be featured are wide ranging, to encompass alternative medicine, travel and tourism, engineering and medicine, event management, IT and Internet.

Some 300 students are expected to benefit from the event, Iyer said.

And to a question on who can join IDEA as a member, he said: “Any one with interest in the development of children. We want them to make use of the summer vacation, preparing for the careers they wish to embark upon.”

“The story does not end with a student gaining admission to institutions of higher education, in the stream he has chosen, or for that matter even in the event of successful completion of the course, but only when he or she makes a success of the whole exercise while practising the profession,” added Iyer, an engineer who recently retired from Etisalat.

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