Monday, November 1, 2010

Huge Turnout in West for CHOICES Career Show

Published: Monday | November 1, 2010 1 Comment and 0 Reactions


Students from schools in St James, Westmoreland, Hanover, Trelawny and St Ann turned up in Montego Bay last Thursday for the 10th annual career expo put on by Choices Career Advice organisation.

Choices is a career-placement and publishing company.

The expo was held at the West Jamaica Conference of Seventh-day Adventists in Mount Salem, St James.

This year's seminar, dubbed 'Get on Track for Career, Education and Life', marks the third time the expo has been held in the Montego Bay area.

In addition to displays, short talks on preparing for a career were presented by representatives from various agencies and corporate entities - including The Gleaner, the Caribbean Institute of Technology, the Tax Administration Services, International University of the Caribbean, COK Co-operative Credit Union and Montego Bay Community College.

Angela deFreitas, general manager of Choices Career Advice, was impressed by this year's turnout of high school students.

"We're very pleased with it, considering what's happening with the economy in the country and throughout the world," she remarked.

"People still actually put career and education as the priority, and we're seeing that they're still turning out, because the information is of such value that they really think it's going to be a way out."

Kamala Smith, an 11th-grade Anchovy High School student with aspirations for the medical field, had high praises for the seminar in helping pupils to make their career choice.

"It has been a really good expo, and we have learned a lot about careers and education and life and a lot of things," she said.

Akeisha Kelly, an 11th-grade student of Little London High School, echoed the sentiment.

"I was here at the expo last year, and I think it's very interesting, and we can actually learn and benefit from what they [the presenters] are saying," she noted.