Career Advising and Student Training Office (CASTO)offers a variety of services in career orientation and internship programs, in addition to student employment and student exchange programs. The office offers workshops in writing CV, job interviews, job-hunting skills, among others. The office also hosts HR directors or personnel in companies and institutions who provide students an overview of labor market requirements, needed specializations and job vacancies.
In lieu of the current outbreak, our office has directed different workshop ways to approach students, and it has worked effortlessly. Using MsTeams to approach students, we have organized many workshops with higher attendance from students as students can be there anywhere, and for those who are unable to join us, we leave a recording for them so they can view it at a later stage.
The office coordinates between different colleges and departments to find the best training and internship programs for students under the supervision of their faculty members. The office also coordinates with companies and institutions that accept interns and exchange students within the UAE and in other countries, in collaboration with International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). We also have incorporated virtual/remote training/internship opportunities allowing students to do their training from the comfort from their homes and in safety.
The office also launched the part-time Student Employment Program (SEP) for full time students at University of Sharjah. This program enables students to gain job-related skills while simultaneously finishing their studies. The students could make their own pocket money, enrich their CVs with this experience and gain the necessary skills such as time management, prioritizing, work ethics, etc.
CASTO's objectives go hand-in-hand with the university's mission to develop academic programs which include training as an essential part of the curriculum. The university thus would give the students the chance to get first hand experience of the labor market, and to put their theoretical education into practice. Students thus learn how to work in a team, how to work under pressure, how to be punctual and meet deadlines, and how to evaluate and improve their work.
Head of CASTO