Following on from the success of 2014, Ithraa has expanded its Bidaya summer internship program to bridge the gap between higher education and full-time employment for university-level Omanis.
Running from 9 August to 3 September, 49 students will gain insights into the working world under the support and guidance of some of Oman’s leading employers.
This year, Ithraa received over 1,200 applicants competing for 49 places with 23 businesses. Participants will learn skills essential for their career development, including project management, leadership, sales and customer service.
His Highness Sayyid Faisal bin Turki Al Said, Ithraa’s Director General of Marketing and Media, said: “In an effort to take Bidaya to a broader youth audience we partnered with Jisser who promoted the initiative online and through social media. The results have been truly outstanding and the caliber of applicants impressive. The massive response rate clearly demonstrates the appeal and appetite among Oman’s youth for summer work placements.”
Bidaya interns will take up posts in manufacturing, oil and gas, real estate, banking, media, retail, and logistics. The month-long program provides young people with the opportunity to be exposed to the day-to-day operations of a business and acquire early professional experience.
Research from the US-based National Association of Colleges and Employers’ Experiential Education Survey demonstrates that 25.3% of employers’ full-time, entry-level college hires came from their internship programs. In addition, the report shows that over two-thirds of candidates are offered full-time positions at the end of their internship.
“One of the most important components of Bidaya is the mentoring program that pairs each intern with a professional working in his or her field of interest. Mentors provide guidance and act as role models, meeting several times a week to discuss various topics relating to the internship and the tasks that have been set. This one-on-one mentoring is a highly valuable learning experience.”
His Highness went to add, “Bidaya gives students the opportunity to apply what they’ve learnt in lecture halls to the world of work. It also helps them build a network of professional contacts in fields of interest that could lead to a future career. Indeed, it’s programs like Bidaya that are strengthening Oman’s young talent pool – these are the talented and entrepreneurial young people that will help attract further inward investment into Oman and boost the sultanate’s non-oil exports. It’s a win-win scenario.”
Bidaya 2015 participating companies include: Naranjee Hirjee; The Wave, Muscat; Ooredoo; Khimji Ramdas; DHL; Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre; American Express; National Bank of Oman; Reem Batteries; Merge 104.8FM; Y Magazine; Kooora; Al Wisal; The Agency; Oman Dry Dock; Poly Products; Huawei; Brand Infiniti; Tarneem Design; Wipro; Shell Oman Marketing Company; Oman Airport Management Company; and Business Gateways International.