KINGSTON – Denbigh High School in Clarendon came alive on its Career Day on March 24, with students busily visiting different booths, asking questions, collecting information and filling out forms.
Organised by the Guidance Counselling Department, the event was held under the theme: ‘Lifelong Learning: The Way Forward in the Global Market’.
According to Guidance Counsellor, Hortence Rose-Palmer, some of the organisations taking part had been coming year after year and had accepted and employed a number of past students. “The event impacts greatly on us,” she told JIS News.
The Career Day was beneficial to all students, but it was focused specifically on those in grade nine and 11.
“Grade nine students, in a little while, will have to make their choice of subjects, and we also incorporated the grade elevens who will be leaving shortly. But it was open to the others as well,” Mrs. Rose-Palmer said.
Special Projects Manager at the JIS, Andrea Bolton-Fyffe briefed students who streamed to the JIS booth about choosing careers and making the right choices, and gave them basic tips on writing cover letters and resumes.
She reminded them of the quote: “Luck is opportunity that comes with preparation,” so they should try to make good use of every opportunity that comes their way, as there is no such thing as luck.
Head girl of Denbigh High, Sukina Powell believes in the importance of Career Day. “It is very influential, because many of them [students] have not yet made up their minds as to what career path they would like to take, so having Career Day [annually] aids them in the process,” she told JIS News.
Alduke Campbell, a male student who has had great interest in the media since he was introduced to it during his primary education, discussed with the JIS preparations needed to enter the field.
“I plan to become a journalist to write for a newspaper, or become a videographer. The JIS has taught me what I need to know to get into media,” he said.
Other organisations present were: the Jamaica Fire Brigade, Clarendon 4-H Clubs, Knox Community College, Jamaica Money Market Brokers (JMMB), Heart Trust/NTA, Caribbean Maritime Institute, the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Patsy’s Creative Designs, and Bethlehem Moravian College.
The JIS will be at Maggotty High School in St. Elizabeth tomorrow (Tuesday, March 29) for their career day.
By CHRISTINE ADE-GOLD, JIS Special Projects/PR Assistant