Career Development Center
The purpose of Career Development Center is to assist students and alumni with career planning and job search. Career consultants are available to assist students in selecting appropriate specializations, assessing their skills and interests, exploring job information, writing resumes and cover letters, polishing interviewing skill and developing job-search strategies. The career consultants seek to assist students by helping them relate their career goals to their educational goals. This process begins in the freshman year through the use of personal interest, values, skills and experiences and expands throughout a student’s university years by resume development, internships and graduate college planning as well as job search. Career Development Center is an important resource for students. All students are encouraged to work with career services throughout their university experience in all career-related matters.
Al Falah University seeks to identify the needs of students and plan activities to meet these needs. The success of the student in choosing the appropriate specialization and then get the job consists of his/her abilities and training. The university provides venues and organizes events that help the students develop basic communication skills which help them in academic, professional and social success.
Career Development Services
1- Developing Job Seeking Skills
The Centre engages students in activities focusing on developing job seeking skills (i.e. the ability to find jobs). It provides students with the opportunity to attend training courses or attend lectures, meetings and workshops in order to develop job-search strategies and enhance basic skills to help them choose the appropriate specialization. By empowering students with practical career preparation skills that will allow them to link personal values with career choices, the Centre equips them with the appropriate skills equally important in preparing them for future career success. Through appointments, workshops, Career Library resources, students are provided with tips on strategies to find the best job. AFU website lists leads to job track, multiple employers’ access links, and job search and career information. Job seekers, through the Career Library, have access to daily updated listings of part-and full-time jobs, and hundreds of books and materials to help them research career choices.
2- Skills Enhancement for Professional and Social Success
Career experience includes a professional side which is associated with the different tasks the individual has to do at work and another, social - emotional side, that appears in the individual`s relationships with his or her colleagues. These factors pose a serious challenge to AFU to develop programs and services to promote social and emotional skills of its students in an effort to help them achieve social adjustment during and after the study period. The natural personality trait of self-awareness helps students become more aware of their thoughts, beliefs, assumptions and emotions and how those thoughts and emotions affect behavior. Similarly, self-regulation assists in the management of these by expressing them in a socially acceptable manner leading to major steps toward social & professional adjustment.
3- Preparation for Interviews
Students can schedule appointment with the Career Services Officer to discuss interviewing skills and procedures. They can also benefit from the opportunity of participating in lectures and meetings on the subjects relating to preparation of job interviews.
4- Writing Resume & Cover Letter
Students can sign-up for resume appointments with the Employment/Internship Advisor where the services range from resume building to feedback about their resumes or cover letters. Students also have the opportunity to participate in lectures and meetings on the subject of preparing a CV.
5- Career Fairs
The University seeks to encourage students to participate in the career fairs, in addition to organizing a day, during the year, in which the various institutions and companies in the country are invited to hold a career fair at the university. Each student will have the opportunity to learn about available employment opportunities and their required qualifications.
6- Partnership & Outreach
Successful relationships with internal and external partners rely on frequent communication and on the development and maintenance of a mutual understanding of the values that these collaborations hold for students. Internship Advisors partner with undergraduate students and employers to identify internship/training possibilities. The Internship/Training Program is open to all majors. Students can sign-up for Internship appointments in the Career Development Center. Furthermore contract agreements with various institutions operating in the country provide students access to available opportunities.
7- On-Campus Recruiting
AFU encourages employers to visit the campus to recruit and participate in the education of its students through workshops and classroom presentations. AFU posts information about upcoming on-campus recruitment and have interview sign-ups available at the Career Development Center.