Careers seminars promote opportunities for young professionals in Pakistan

Careers seminars promote opportunities for young professionals in Pakistan
Careers seminars promote opportunities for young professionals in Pakistan

TWI Pakistan has been working to highlight opportunities for young people in the country, through the provision of two free careers guidance seminars.

In the first, around 20 delegates – a mixture of students and careers guidance staff – from educational institutions across Pakistan attended TWI’s Lahore office in July.

The second youth career seminar, in August, saw staff from TWI Pakistan travel to the Aman Foundation in Karachi to speak to around 100 students about opportunities available to them. The Aman Foundation works to improve healthcare, nutrition and education for Pakistan’s youth. The young people who attended the seminar were all students at AmanTec, its vocational training centre.

Pakistan’s complex job market can make finding suitable employment difficult for young people. Even those with a degree may struggle to pursue the career path they have planned, with graduate work placements heavily oversubscribed.

In a country where the majority of young people in higher education pursue careers in traditional subjects such as medicine and business studies, raising awareness about viable alternatives is crucial to ensure professionals have the greatest chance of finding rewarding employment when they leave education.

TWI Training in Pakistan offers a range of training programmes leading to internationally recognised qualifications in welding inspection, non-destructive testing and health and safety. Individuals with qualifications in these areas are needed in industry all over the world, and benefit from enhanced career prospects.

Ahmed Jahanzaib, TWI Pakistan country manager, said: ‘In the hunt for that elusive professional degree, there are many students who end up going through immense stress and pressure from parents and the society. It is our belief that if students are introduced to emerging career options, they will end up enjoying better career growth in the future.’

The first seminar was followed by one-to-one sessions offering attendees specific career guidance based on their individual interests, skills, values and existing qualification. Feedback from both events was universally positive.

Among the attendees in Lahore was recent mechanical engineering graduate Ahmed Riaz. He said: ‘I am very happy with the knowledge I have gained from this seminar today. It was really interesting to get information about new emerging career fields which are fast, progressive and have good, rewarding benefits.’

TWI is working to build relationships with technical institutions and engineering universities across Pakistan, and plans to hold additional careers guidance seminars in the future.

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