Srinagar: The National Institute of Technology (NIT) Srinagar’s social start-up Move Beyond-A Career Counselling School, of Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship Development Centre (IIED) launched its first episode of weekly online educational series ‘Career Chat’ as a part of International Youth Outreach and Employability Program.
Career Chat is an exclusive educational series started by Move Beyond with an aim to connect the eminent career achievers with the aspiring students of J&K to inspire and provide direction and help them in the process of making and shaping their careers.
Director NIT Srinagar, Prof. (Dr.) Rakesh Sehgal is the Chief Patron of the educational series, while as Head IIEDC Prof Saad Parvez is patron and Director Move Beyond, Sheikh Inayat Ullah is Program Director of the series respectively.
In his message, Prof. Sehgal appreciated the Move Beyond team for conducting online educational series on relevant topics. Career Counselling helps students to understand their own strengths and weaknesses with regard to their present course or profession, he said.
Registrar NIT, Prof. Kaiser Bukhari in his message said NIT’s Move Beyond will be conducting such webinars and workshops in the future. He said Career Counselling helps students to understand the career options that they have, and how to pursue them, he said.
In his lecture, Dr. Shabir Hassan, Early Career Investigator at Harvard Medical School, was the guest of the program. He also shared his journey from Kashmir to Harvard with the audience and highlighted the need and importance of career counseling and planning for the students at a young age.
Dr. Shabir provided some enlightening suggestions to students for framing their SOP (Statement of Purpose), CV, and recommendation letter while applying for foreign scholarships.
He also emphasized the importance of proper research of available scholarships of any country before applying and then opting for a suitable one. He then laid importance on the role of parents in guiding and shaping the career of their children.
Dr. Shabir is an Associate Bioengineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He has won many awards that include Department of Biotech, India fellowship award for two years, Endeavour Award from Australia, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) Early and Advanced Awards in 2016 and 2018 respectively.
The program was streamed live on the Facebook page of Move Beyond. It was hosted by Dr. Muslim Jan, Senior Media Consultant, Move Beyond.
Director Move Beyond Sheikh Inayat Ullah, who is also Program Director of the series said they have been organizing many free programs consistently to guide and assist the students in their career development.
“It is in a missionary mode to create an ecosystem of information, assistance, and mentorship for streamlining the process of career development in Jammu and Kashmir,” he said.
Shiekh said they have planned a number of initiatives for reaching out to students of J&K and helping them in their career development and employability. The students can reach to Move Beyond through all social media platforms for career-related help and guidance, he said.
Move Beyond expressed gratitude to the Directorate of School Education, Kashmir, and Private School Association J&K for their constant help and support in reaching out to students of J&K.