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Embassy of Spain gives UWI students a guide to global success

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2017 | 12:00 AM

A rapt audience of some 200 business students of the University of the West Indies (UWI) listened as Carlos Matallana, general manager of the Global Exchange for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, used practical examples from his own experiences to steer them on a path of discovery - discovery of opportunities and possibilities as they set their own career goals.

"I want the students to understand that having a clear final destination is the foundation of imminent success. Having that obsession about where you want to be opens your mind on how to create that pathway because following wherever the winds blow leaves you at the mercy of the wind," Matallana said.

Matallana recently led the invited participants in an interactive career development forum - Pathways to Success: One Man's Journey in Business - which is the first of a three-part series, titled Conversations with Spain, an initiative of the Embassy of Spain and The Caribbean Policy Research Institute.




Carmen Rives Ruiz-Tapiador, charge d'affaires of the Embassy of Spain, was pleased with the outcome of the first event citing the importance of education and access as being a part of success.

"We are delighted to be able to facilitate this type of dialogue among the university students. We want the future leaders and business professionals to recognise that small dreams are possible and there is more than one pathway to it, and several entities are ready to help you get there," said Ruiz-Tapiador.

The objective of the series is to encourage dialogue between Spanish and Jamaican stakeholders on various topics of mutual interest, for exposure and education. The Conver-sations with Spain series will be completed with a panel discussion on tourism investments, and a renewable energies workshop, later this year.

Pathways to Success: One Man's Journey in Business was also held in partnership with The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation and The University of the West Indies' Department of Economics.