McDermott Middle East launches KSA graduate training program

Students of the 2017 McDermott KSA graduate training program.
Updated 04 April 2017

McDermott Middle East launches KSA graduate training program

McDermott Middle East has launched a specialized on-the-job graduate training program exclusively for students from Saudi Arabia.
Beginning with its first class of 14 students, the rotational program provides selected students on-the-job training opportunities within several of McDermott’s functional departments, including engineering, fabrication, marine, supply chain, commercial and safety, both in the Kingdom and Dubai.
Linh Austin, McDermott’s ‎vice president and general manager, Middle East and Caspian, said: “As one of the oldest EPCI contractors in the Middle East, we give back to the region and our local community by investing in the career development of our future generations. Through our graduate training program, we will build and develop young talent, who bring in enthusiasm, fresh and innovative thinking, strong educational qualifications and language competencies.”
The program runs for a two-year period during which students will gain a solid understanding of McDermott’s operational functions. The program also supports career growth by empowering students to implement their skills outside the classroom and within a professional setting. Upon program completion, the students will be uniquely positioned within the company having spent time in each of McDermott’s operational functions. At the completion of the program, each student will be assigned permanently to work within one of the operational functions that best matches their core competencies and skill sets, contributing to McDermott’s success in the Middle East region.
Fatimah Haydar, from the 2017 KSA graduate training program, said: “It is a truly life-changing experience, and I hope to inspire other women engineers in Saudi Arabia to improve their training, and push boundaries in the oil and gas industry.”
The candidate selection process was rigorous, with over 900 CVs received from career fairs and direct applications. All applicants were screened based upon engineering discipline, university ranking, and grade point average. A total of 100 candidates were selected for phone interviews, and a total of 52 candidates were shortlisted. At the final screening stage, a total of 14 candidates were selected.

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”