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The Career Advising and Student Training Office (CASTO) is a major student support service office at the University of Sharjah. It is the University's door to the corporate world and the students' direct connection with the labor market.

We strive to ensure that we build collaborative relationships not only with government and private but also civil entities to ensure that our programs are compatible with the challenging job market not only in the UAE but worldwide.

Career Advancement
As part of our career preparation series, our office hosts several workshops and presentations to ensure that our students are well prepared for their internship course, a pre-requisite for graduation. These include, resume writing, cover letter writing, and portfolio preparation. During the Covid-19 pandemic, we offered such workshops virtually, making them  more accessible to students from all colleges.

For our Let's Talk Employability series, we host professionals and experts from different fields to give talks and advice to our students on the actual situation in the job market..

Moreover, we organize Meet the Team forums, during which representatives discuss their companies' work environment, culture, and expectations from their employees.

Practical Training
As a pre-requisite for graduation, students are expected to complete a period of practical training, which provides them with a unique opportunity to apply and implement the skills, theories and concepts they learned in the class to the real-world.

Our office secures training opportunities for our students by providing opportunities through our Partners ListInternship Portal, and IAESTE. Only eligible students are able to register for the training course.

During practical training, students must adhere to the policies and procedures set by the University. They are also required to record their reports and findings in the official training platform, Taskstream.

Student Employment Program (SEP)
One of our most successful programs is the Student Employment Program (SEP). It provides students with the opportunity to work part-time on campus, gain invaluable work experience, and earn some money. It also builds a workforce that is ready to be called upon to serve the needs of the University community. Students can join University offices, departments, and colleges or assist with events.

International Training (IAESTE)
CASTO has been part of the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) since 2000. With a pool of more than 80-member countries, IAESTE enables our students to gain international experience and sequentially increase the international ranking of the University by providing  faculty and research groups with interns from abroad. 

IAESTE operates a high-quality practical training exchange program between its 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.