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'Focus less on traditional careers, more on 21st century jobs'

Published:Friday | April 15, 2016 | 4:00 AM

Sugar Ray Thomas, a young journalist working in St Ann, believes the Government should seek to change the thinking of students as it relates to career choices and urge them to seek employment in emerging markets such as animation and graphics.

According to Thomas: "The Ministry of Education, beginning at the primary-school level, should focus more on jobs that are more realistic. You shouldn't wait until students reach grade nine then they decide they want to do law or medicine, and all of that. It has to start from early, where some sort of realism is put to students - that traditional jobs are not going to be available going forward. Say to them, this is where the job is and this is where you should go," he said.

"I'm not saying you should rob anybody of their rights, but at the end of the day, we're about growth in the economy, and all of that, so we need to make them aware of where the jobs are and will be coming from in the future. For example, there are a lot of opportunities in agriculture, in technology, such as animation and graphics."