Students serious about careers at Micoud jobs fair
A Job and Career Readiness Fair organized by the Office of the Parliamentary Representative of Micoud North generated immense interest among the multitude of participants, who described the event as educational, informative and entertaining.
The theme of the event, which was held at the Mon Repos Combined School on Wednesday, was: “Navigating the Pathways of Opportunities.”
Forty entities from both the private and public sector took part in the event which was truly a momentous occasion for the participants, especially the large number of students who grasped the opportunity to equip themselves with the necessary requisites to enter the job market.
The event also afforded them the opportunity to obtain full employment, bursaries and internships from some of the agencies at the fair.
Addressing the gathering, Parliamentary Representative of Micoud North, and Minister of Education, Dr Gale Rigobert called on adults to assist the young people in whatever way they can so as to ensure that they are prepared for the job market.
“We are here so we can do for the next generation and the young people of this country what others have done for us. As good citizens we have a responsibility to groom another generation…and we must do so wholeheartedly and generously,” Dr Rigobert said.
She showered the various agencies with praise for playing their roles in making the event a reality.
The gathering was also addressed by Afani Lebourne, 2nd Vice President of the Saint Lucia National Youth Council and Vice Chair of the Students Commonwealth Association.
In an inspiring speech, he called on the students to set SMART goals - goals which are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound. He added that they may have to change their physical environment to achieve their goals.
“Life is like a road, life is indeed a journey…” Lebourne told the students.
Lebourne, who is also the interim president of the Micoud Youth and Sports Council, urged the students to celebrate their successes, no matter how small they are.
Administrator of HRWise, Yakeema Nelson said she was impressed by the interest the students showed in the service the organization offers.
“They asked very important questions. I was impressed…,” Nelson said, adding that they put the students on the right path on how to develop themselves.
Althea Emmanuel of the Human Resource Department of the Ministry of Education said many students came to her to seek information about scholarship opportunities. She added that the students were thrilled by the opportunities available to them to further their studies through the Ministry of Education.
“The students showed much interest in the scholarships and expressed interest in applying for some,” Emmanuel told Loop News.
Dailla Justin, a student of Monroe College, said she learnt a lot from the fair, which will be of much assistance to her in the future.
“It was educational and enlightening….” Justin, whose ambition is to become a Human Resource Manager said.