The Career Advising and Student Training Office (CASTO) is a major support pillar at the University of Sharjah. It is the University's door to the corporate world and the direct connection between students and the labor market.
We strive to ensure that we build collaborative relationships not only with the government and private entities but also explore the civil society entities to ensure that our programs offered are aligned to the challenging job market not only in the UAE but worldwide.
Our office provides and hosts various workshops and talks as part of our career readiness series, to ensure that our students are well prepared for their internship course, a pre-requisite for graduation.
Resume writing guidelines to cover letter writing and portfolio preparation workshops are provided from time to time. With the pandemic, our office had started organizing such workshops virtually, making it more accessible for students from all colleges to attend.
We also host professionals of their fields or experts in their field through our Let's Talk Employability series, one of our latest programs run by our office. Needless to say, it has been successful as students gain the opportunity to understand the real-world scenarios in the job market.
Apart from that, we also organize Meet the Team with companies, in which we host companies to run through their work environment, their culture, and their expectations from their employees.
As a pre-requisite for graduation, students are expected to undergo practical training, providing them with a unique opportunity to apply and implement and execute a variety of skills, theories and concepts learned in the class to the real-world environment.
Students must ensure that they adhere to the policies and procedures set by the University. Only eligible students should be able to register for the training course.
Our office assists students to secure training opportunities by providing opportunities through our Partners List, Internship Portal, and IAESTE.
Students are required to record their reports and findings in the official training platform; Taskstream.
Student Employment Program (SEP)
One of the most successful programs run would be the Student Employment Program (SEP). It provides students the opportunity to work part-time within the campus, gain experience and earn some pocket money.
Students could work with offices, departments, and colleges and at times be part of an event. It also builds a workforce that is ready to be called upon to serve the needs of the University community.
International Training (IAESTE)
CASTO has been part of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) since the year 2000 with a pool of more than 80-member countries enabling them to gain international experience and sequentially increase the ranking of our University internationally by providing the faculties and research groups with interns from abroad.
IAESTE operates a high-quality practical training exchange program between members in order to enhance technical and professional development and to promote international understanding and goodwill amongst students, academic institutions, employers, and the wider community.