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Junior Rose Conquers the World

Published:Monday | May 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMJody-Anne Lawrence
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The little boy from Decoy, Clarendon, surpassed the small-district expectations, going after universal achievements with the World Bank Institute Programme.

Junior Rose, the eldest of three children of a minister and an educator, was taught from an early age to take charge - helping his parents with his brother and sister when they were not home, taught him responsibility.

He was also an active member of his father's church, which helped him hone his leadership skills.

"I was in charge of our youth group and it helped to set the platform for leadership for me," Rose told Flair in a recent interview.

He recalled one of his fondest childhood memories, when he was only nine years old and sang in church. He recalled persons coming up to him and complimenting him on his talent. "Then, I could sing, but puberty happened," he joked. "It was good, I felt so proud when they told me that I did well," he recalled.


'boys will be boys'


While he was an avid church member, he admits he was no saint, getting into trouble here and there with his 'boys will be boys' antics. He recalls on one occasion being expelled from a class.

"I had a huge crush on a teacher and I was presumptuous enough to admit it. It is funny that I got kicked out of her class. I do not remember exactly what was said; however, I was so upset. I walked out of the class. She called after me but I did not respond. She told me that if I left, I was never to come back. I left and went back the next day and I was told that I could not enter, that I was no longer a member of the class," he recalled with a chuckle.

Irrespective of his boyhood antics, Rose was focused on becoming great and did well at "The Glenmuir High School", as he called it.


leadership roles


He went on to hold a number of leadership roles. He is a past president of the University of the West Indies Guild of Students and past chairman of the Jamaica Union of Tertiary Students and Jamaica Association of Young Professionals.

Rose's hard work and leadership ability never went unnoticed, as he was awarded the Prime Minister's Award for leadership in 2003. He now holds a masters degree from the Mona School of Business.

Rose is currently director of Clarendon Alumina Production, Factories Corporation of Jamaica, JCDC, as well as Muchado International Group of Companies. He is also acting senior director in the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development. But this is not enough for Rose - he had to go after the world.

Rose has worked with the ministry of local government, and this piqued his interest and he wanted to learn about how other countries managed their municipal finances. He thought: what better way to do this than through the World Bank Institute Programme? Learning how other countries handle their municipal finances helped give him a new outlook on how Jamaica can evaluate its own. Not only did he complete the programme, he conquered it.

He came out at the top of his cohort in the World Bank Institute Programme in municipal financing. He was successful in the Policy for Growth programme as well as the International Monetary Fund National Debt Sustainability programme. These were done within a four-to-five-month period, ending in February of this year.

According to communication from the cohort coordinator, 19 persons were selected to be awarded from a group of 97 participants, and Rose was in the top two of those selected.

Rose is hoping to put this new knowledge to good use in the financial sector. However, right now, Rose is looking to settle down. While he has been chasing success, his personal life has been on the back burner, something that he wishes to change.


starting a family


"I am ready to start a family and have children. I am at a place where I think I can manage it and my career," the 36-year-old told Flair.

So while he has accomplished success in his professional pursuits, he is ready to take a few steps back and move on to achieving some success in his personal life.

He advises youths to market themselves - sometimes volunteering will be the route they need to take to get the experience they need - and they should never take the negative things that people say to them as truth, but rather use these as motivation.

"There were people who told me that I could not do it. So, have confidence in yourself. Do not settle for being normal; position yourself to be the best and be your biggest fan."