Author and motivational speaker, Leevon Phillips, says young people should focus on career paths rather than settling for hype and slothful culture, or believing that the best thing after secondary education is to work and ignore further studies.
Speaking Friday (September 3), at a National Youth Service (NYS) closing ceremony for 49 youth participants in their Business Administration programme at the Ridgemount United Church, Mandeville, he said persistence and search for knowledge must be the hallmark in adding to what they have acquired under the youth service training.
Domonic James (Left), and Aneshka Pommels, two of the participants in the National Youth Service (NYS) Business Administration programme, giving their reflections on the programme Friday (September 3), at the closing ceremony of the training at the Ridgemount United Church, Mandeville.
“Picture yourself where you want to be, and don’t stop until you get there. Your full potential and career goal will be realized, when you set mind and heart to it. Launch out today, build on what the NYS has given you and be examples to others,” he urged.
In his report, Regional Field Officer, with the NYS, Courtney Johnson, said that the participants were exposed to personal development, conflict management, life career, special curriculum courses in communication in the workplace and delivering quality customer service, as well as preparation for work, displaying human relation skills, handling telephone calls and operating a personal computer.
the Rev Oliver Daley, Pastor of the Ridgemount United Church, Mandeville, encouraging participants in the National Youth Service (NYS) Business Administration programme to make the best of their new knowledge, at the closing ceremony at the church, Friday (September 3).
He said that during the training, they unearthed useful skills possessed by the participants.
“One should not fail to remember the extremely vast talent pool that was discovered and settled here for the past month,” Mr. Johnson said.
For his part, the Rev Oliver Daley, Pastor of the Ridgemount United Church, where the training was conducted, told the gathering that the church family was pleased with making the facilities available to support and strengthen human life, during the four week of the training.
Participants Domonic James and Aneshka Pommels told their audience that the NYS programme has made them capable of contributing to the work world, offering dedicated service to their customers, and their employers.
“Through the strict and encouraging support from the NYS staff, we are equipped and fit for the business world. From these classes, our ability to carry out tasks with efficiency was strengthened,” Mr. James said.
Gregory Graham, 17, who was awarded as the most outstanding participant, said the involvement with the programme has motivated him to pursue his dream of becoming a computer programmer.