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The Journey Program


About The Journey Program

Our graduate training program ‘The Journey Program’ is designed to give new graduates a unique and market-leading financial education, with world-class learning opportunities.

The one-year program offers young Qatari graduates, who have recently completed a bachelor’s degree, a chance to develop their careers in either an investment or a non-investment stream.

The Journey Program allows graduates to advance their professional development by engaging in a unique learning experience where they are challenged to develop the skills, knowledge, and experience to excel at QIA and beyond.

​​Graduates are at the center of the program, and it goes beyond just teaching. Every graduate gets the opportunity to learn fromseasoned experts at QIA, providing them with a thorough grounding to launch their successful international careers.

“Our employees are a talented, diverse group of individuals who care deeply about achieving success — for themselves, for QIA, and for the people of Qatar. The Journey Program is one such initiative that incubates young Qataris to develop the necessary skills, find their passions, and reach their full potential through customized development plans.”

- Rashid Saad Al-Mohannadi, Executive Director, Human Capital


Minimum eligibility requirements

  • ​Must be a Qatari national or have a Qatari mother

  • Must have the following degrees approved by the Supreme Education Council:
    • Mathematics
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Economics
    • Engineering
    • Other majors above 3.5 GPA

​The learning journey

  • ​​​Phase 1 - Career skills training:

The career skills training offers graduates the opportunity to gain competence and skills in several areas essential to their​​​ career growth, including but not limited to communication, presentations, financial modeling, and Microsoft Excel. 

  • Phase 2 - Certification courses:​​

    Graduates are required to complete mandatory certification courses in line with their preferred stream.
    • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) Level I course: Graduates ​enrolled in the investment stream will attend the CFA Level I course, which is designed to equip them with expertise and real-world skills in investment analysis, vital to their careers.

    • Investment Management Certificate (IMC): Graduates enrolled in the non-investment stream will pursue the IMC program, which is an entry level qualification that covers all essential and foundational knowledge that non-investment professionals need to work in the investment sector.

  • Phase 3: On-the-job training:

    Following successful completion of the above two phases, graduates will work as Apprentices in QIA and get the opportunity to work one-on-one with leading professionals and gain unparalleled experience. All graduates need to successfully pass the three phases to be confirmed in QIA as an employee.


​Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Application Process

  • How do I apply for The Journey Program? 

Visit the QIA website( to find out more about The Journey Program and instructions to apply.

  • What degree disciplines do you recruit?

As a constantly growing organization, we consider graduates with degrees from different academic disciplines. See below a list of the minimum requirements to enroll in the program.

  • Do you accept applications from non-Qatari nationals?

Currently, we only accept Qatari nationals or children of Qatari women into The Journey Program.

  • How do I get an update on my application?

Due to the volume of applications received, we are unfortunately unable to respond to requests for individual updates on applications.

  • When will I hear back about my application?

Most applications complete initial assessments and progress to the next stage within 2-3 months. It is important to keep in mind that the whole process can last up to 6 months providing that you are an early applicant. Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to respond to individual requests for status updates.

  • I have some industry experience; can I still apply for The Journey Program?

Our program welcomes candidates with less than two years of work experience and who have recently completed a bachelor’s degree.

  • What are your minimum requirements?

​To be an eligible candidate, you must be a Qatari national or a child of a Qatari woman and have:

  • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • GPA > 2.7 or equivalent for business related majors
  • GPA > 3.5 or equivalent for all other majors
  • Good command of spoken and written Arabic and English
  • 0-2 years of working experience

Recruitment Process

  • What stages does the recruitment process involve?

​​​Stage 1 – Online Application

You will be asked to submit your CV online.

Stage 2 – Initial Interview

If your CV meets the minimum eligibility requirements, a team member will reach out to you and schedule an initial one-on-one interview. This interview should last approximately 15 minutes and is a chance for you to present yourself to the recruiter and learn more about The Journey Program.

Stage 3 – Psychometric Assessment

You will be invited to take an online psychometric assessment through our partner Korn Ferry. Korn Ferry assessments are psychometric and personality tests that assess a person's preferences and drivers, as well as cognitive abilities. The assessments are used to help us choose the best candidate for The Journey Program and ensure that your drivers align with our organizational values and culture.

Stage 4 – Panel Interview

Finally, you will be asked to present a case study to a panel of senior members at QIA who will ask you questions based on the case study and to understand your reasons for applying at QIA.

Stage 5 – Offer and Onboarding

Following the successful completion of all stages, you will be offered a position in The Journey Program subject to Management approval.

If you are a Qatari graduate, please send your CV.


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