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Citibank Participates in INJAZ-Bahrain Job Shadow Day

Citibank Participates in INJAZ-Bahrain Job Shadow Day
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Hosts Hidd Secondary School Students at its Premises
"I want to work in Inquiry Management & Problem Resolution Department one day. I never knew a bank had so many different types of jobs. I learned many new things in a very short time and I am excited about my future."
These were the words of Mariam Abdulla, one of XX senior students from Hidd Secondary School for girls who, for over two hours, invaded Citibank Bahrain to learn how a bank functions and to grill their assigned Citibank hosts on their roles, activities and skill sets.
Organized by INJAZ-Bahrain, the visit was part of the Job Shadow Day Program which aims at providing students with real-life opportunities to learn more about the fundamental business concepts that will make up their future careers, such as competition, markets, investment, costs, benefits, incentives, specialization and income.
In addition to a variety of classroom learning activities, the students get exposed to the workplace via a one-day, hands-on visit to selective companies. In a typical visit, hosts engage with students about their career experiences while allowing them to shadow the adults in their various roles.
Volunteers from Citibank introduced students to various aspects of running a bank including Operations & Technology, Technology Infrastructure, Financial Control , Human Resources, Compliance, Credit Risk , Citi Realty Services, eCommerce, Asset Sales, Branch Banking, Cards Business, Collection, Compliance, Sales, Independent Risk, Operations & Technology - Consumer Banking & Wealth Management.
The volunteers also had a chance to interact with the students and learn about their requirements. "The exposure of these students is very limited and the private sector is a mystery," said Manaf Dashti from Citibank and a volunteer for the day. "They are surprised to learn about the various opportunities available to them. We are proud to help them as this is the future of the nation that we are shaping."
Expressing her delight at the launch of the new curriculum, Sheikha Hessa Bint Khalifa Al Khalifa, Executive Director of INJAZ-Bahrain, said: "It is truly remarkable that this initiative has materialized. The credit goes to the support and encouragement we have received from numerous partners, volunteers and the Ministry of Education over the years. We remain ever grateful to them for their unwavering loyalty and benevolence.
"We hope that the Job Shadow Program will be a success and look forward to helping more students understand how the skills learnt in school relate to the workplace".
Mayank Malik, CEO of Citibank Bahrain, said: "Junior Achievement's objectives are in line with Citi and the Citi Foundation's efforts to support financial and entrepreneurial education across the world. Our strategic alliance with INJAZ-Bahrain means that more Bahraini students will acquire necessary life skills and the right business exposure in order to succeed in the future."
In her capacity as the project initiator of the Job Shadow Program and Development, Director of INJAZ-Bahrain Badria Naqi said: "The goal of the Job Shadow program is to help young people explore firsthand the skills and education required to succeed in today's and tomorrow's job market, thanks to caring partners such as Citibank."
Ece Ceteci, Head of HR at Citibank Bahrain, said: "Citi supports JA in many countries around the world. Our commitment to the regional Middle East office reflects Citi's belief in JA's programs to help deliver basic tools in the area of financial literacy which can impact the lives of students, hence better prepare them to meet the challenges of the real world."
Citi has been in the Arab World for nearly 50 years and continues to view the region as critical to its global franchise. It is currently present in ten Arab countries including Egypt, UAE, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Bahrain, Qatar and Kuwait.
Citibank is a global partner with Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, the parent organization of INJAZ-Bahrain. Across the world, JA has 384,925 volunteers teaching 367,305 classes to 9,326,748 students a year. In the Middle East, INJAZ Al-Arab, JAW's regional arm, has trained 300,000 Arab students with the help of 10,000 corporate volunteers and partnerships with ministries of education since it began in 1999.
Recently, Citi and the Citi Foundation announced a 10-year, $200m global financial education commitment, the formation of a new Office of Financial Education and a global initiative designed to encourage its 300,000 employees around the world to devote time to support financial education and other charitable causes. Under the new initiative, employees may take a day off from work to volunteer for non-profit organizations in their communities.
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