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UCC exposes students to career options

Published:Tuesday | April 10, 2012 | 12:00 AM

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE of the Caribbean (UCC) students and high-school pupils were last Tuesday given skills in job seeking and résumé preparation during the institution's annual career-day exercise. Students made endless enquiries and listened keenly to the various presenters that participated in the career-day activities.

The aim of the day was to provide practical, mental and professional development training to support students.

More than 30 speakers participated, representing different institutions such as HRM options, National Commercial Bank, FirstCaribbean Bank, Churches Co-operative Credit Union, and Continental Baking Company.

"The career day is designed to encourage, enhance and equip students' efforts in job seeking. They are also receiving instructions in preparing a resume. The group holders and individuals are there to encourage them and show them how to get these jobs and inform them on what kind of vacancies are available. There is the overseas aspect as well such as overseas employment, how to apply for jobs using the Internet and how to conduct online interviews," said Elon Myles, director of student affairs at UCC.

Career day targeted recent graduates and final-year students of UCC. Various high schools from across the island were also invited to partake in the activities to help encourage the students in their choices after graduating. Clan Carthy, Jonathan Grant and Cross Keys were among the high schools present.

"It is important because many high-schoolers are not sure of their choice of career and as such they are being exposed to different areas and career options. They will be better able to choose what area of study they are to engage in. They may want to change their jobs or career choice," Myles added.