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Henry offers career help ... launches book on making effective profession choices

Published:Sunday | September 29, 2019 | 12:00 AMGlenn Tucker - Contributor

On September 18, Dr Merrit Henry launched her book Exploring Careers – Guidelines for Career Decision-Making at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

The objective for writing this book, Henry said, was to assist students to get a holistic and realistic assessment of the world of work and help them make career choices.

“This is an excellent book, written by an expert. I know of no other book of its kind in the country,” said Steadman Fuller, custos of Kingston and managing director of Kingston Bookshop.

In his remarks, Health and Wellness Minister Dr Christopher Tufton congratulated Henry on penning the book and said that it should be in every educational institution. He further said that he would get copies for schools in his constituency.

The book consists of critical self-assessment, which is a prerequisite for sound decision-making. Henry uses a clear, simple, easy-to-read writing style that takes readers through over 329 careers divided into 26 clusters.

Starting with accounting, banking, and finance, with 14 specific skills, to construction, with nine, and engineering, with 10, she moves alphabetically through every conceivable career, providing all the possible answers to likely questions.

There is a section called ‘What are the careers that are in high demand?’ that gives holistic overview of what to expect in the world of work.

In a question-and-answer period that followed the book launch members of the audience endorsed the sentiments of speakers and suggested that persons in attendance make presentations of copies of the book to educational institutions of their choice.

The function was attended by a number of persons in the areas of education and training, as well as family, friends, and well-wishers.