Hello Future! JISSER, a Finalist at the National Youth Program for Skills Development…

Carrying out His Majesty’s Sultan Qaboos bin Said Vision, the Diwan of Royal Court launches a new national initiative for the youth of Oman. “…designed to equip young Omanis with the attitudes, skills and knowledge to be successful in the future world of work and the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).”

This track of the program targets the age group 18-29 years and was designed to give 1,000 participants out of a total of 11,000 applicants from all governorates of the Sultanate in the first batch of unique educational experience.

The educational journey started with an e-learning phase for 3 months. Those who have successfully completed the first phase joined a second applied learning phase conducted both within and outside the Sultanate, to allow the participants to benefit from successful international initiatives upon their return from the trips. The finalists in the last stage are nearly 300 participants went through intensive training workshops and an ideathone provided by both international and national leading educational institutions at global level.

Through JISSER’s participation in the National Program for Youth Skills Development, the team members participated in a bootcamp on 12-13 April with the rest of the competing teams. The results of the work carried out during the competition period will be presented mid August 2019 and the final results are expected to be announced by September 2019.

You can learn more about the National Youth Program for Skills Development by visting the website:
https://www.youth.om/en

JISSER (A Bridge)

An internship is a period of work experience offered by an organization for a limited period of time and it might be paid or not. In Oman, most of the big oil and gas companies have paid internships which last anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks.

There are many benefits from taking an internship such as real world experience; since when you join a company as an intern it will give you the chance to work hands on in a professional environment. The second benefit is networking; as internships often give you the opportunity to meet people with different experiences and backgrounds which might help you in a way in the future. Then there is the competitive advantage over competition; as companies nowadays want to see that you have the passion and drive to spend your break from college working which will help differentiate you from the other graduates applying for the same job.  Final example of a benefit is to achieve higher grades; where studies have shown that the skills and experience you gain during internships help graduates achieve higher overall grades in their exams because it gives you an in-depth understanding of the principles and ideas learnt during your degree.

Jisser internship platform is an automated platform that aims to induce the role of community service on both self and community development. Internships are very important to enhance people’s capabilities and to familiarize students with the working environment so that they know what to expect when they start working. It is crucial for universities to make sure that their students are mentally prepared to graduate and to join a company and enter a new phase in their life because if the students are not prepared, they will face many difficulties adjusting which will affect them negatively.

What makes Jisser different from other platform like linkedinor mujeed or other employment platform is that it emphasizes on the local opportunity for internships only. With its target market being the group whom might not yet have enough experience to compete for full time jobs with pre requested experience on the other platforms mentioned earlier.JISSER works with universities to run training sessions and does a skill check to ensure that all applicants have the basic skills and professionalism to excel at their internships before they get to the company.

The Omani students and graduates who founded Jisser aim to provide a comprehensive space to match-making between internship opportunities present in the Omani market and the continuously growing talent pool of its youth.

Reference:

  1. Wiki Job. (2019). Why Are Internships A Good Idea? Ten Key Reasons.

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Available at: https://www.wikijob.co.uk/content/internships/advice/why-take-internship [Accessed 16 Apr. 2019]

Written by Zahra Bait Ishaq

16th April 2019

Student at Middle East College