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Chen renews call for university grads to look overseas

Published:Thursday | June 27, 2013 | 9:33 AM

Immediate Past President of the Jamaica Employers' Federation, Wayne Chen, is reiterating calls for graduates to look overseas for employment after leaving school.



Chen says going overseas, even for a short time will add to the resumes of graduates and expand their horizons.



He also says top executives look more favourably on job applicants who have lived and worked abroad.



Chen was speaking at a panel discussion titled 'Goodbye University: Hello Unemployment!' hosted by the Association of Caribbean Higher Education Administrators Jamaica chapter.



The discussion was held at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.



Chen says students were going to university with the expectation that a degree will guarantee them white collar jobs.



However, he says in an increasingly competitive job market, graduates have to come up with unconventional methods to get the attention of potential employers.



He's encouraging graduates to make use of various avenues including technology to find ways to create economic opportunities for themselves.



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