Career & Education

Rotary champions innovative, inventive careers

Sunday, April 15, 2018

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Some 300 third formers from non-traditional high schools in Kingston, St Andrew and St Catherine will soak up career education tomorrow, as Rotary clubs in the three parishes unite to host Rotary Careers Day 2018 at the Worthington, Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.

The event is being held under the theme: 'Careers for the Innovative and Inventive', and will seek to encourage students to adopt a solutions-oriented approach to thinking and career planning.

“The aim is to provide a space where students can be exposed to various career options and be motivated to think of new ways in which they can approach traditional careers,” Gareth Manning, president of the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights and chairman of the Rotary Careers Day organising committee told the Jamaica Observer.

“The achievement of the country's development goals are dependent on Jamaicans who aren't simply fitting into traditional roles,” he argued, “but who are creating new ones and more importantly, thinking and pursuing new ways to change and broaden the scope of traditional career areas to meet the needs of people now and in future.”

Educational leadership professional Dr Renee Rattray will be keynote speaker at the event.

Rattray, who is senior manager, learning, development and culture for The Jamaica National Group, is experienced in the areas of special education, leadership development, teaching, training and coaching, behaviour change and change management.

Among her notable successful initiatives is the iLead programme of the JN Foundation — a private-public partnership directed at developing leadership in Jamaican schools cited as most in need of support by the National Education Inspectorate. She also led the preceding programme to iLead, the Centres of Excellence, implemented by The Victoria Mutual Building Society and the former Jamaica National Building Society, now JN Bank, which improved leadership in six non-traditional rural high schools to enhance student outcomes.

“She is well-known for her energetic and impassioned thoughts on matters in education and for her expertise in turning around schools, but more important is her passion for young people and her stance on always placing them first in the educational process,” Manning affirmed.

Rotary Careers Day is expected to take students through an aptitude test — to be conducted by social enterprise Link Your Purpose — to help them identify their individual passion and drive.

They will also have the opportunity for one-on-one discussions with a range of professionals to learn more about their areas of interest, and will be able to access information from various educational institutions offering a range of vocational and academic programmes.

“We are, therefore, anticipating an exciting day and a thrilling experience for the students that will, in the final analysis, be meaningful in motivating new thinking and helping to shape their ideas about the successful careers they can have,” Manning told Career & Education.

The clubs leading Rotary Careers Day 2018 are: the Rotary Club of Trafalgar New Heights, Rotary Club of Liguanea Plains, Rotary Club of St Andrew North, Rotary Club of St Andrew, Rotary Club of Kingston East and Port Royal, Rotary Club of New Kingston and the Rotary Club of St Catherine North.

Rotary Careers Day 2018 is being supported by LASCO, FLOW Foundation, the National Baking Company Limited, Coldfield Manufacturers, JN Bank and Tastee; as well as the Management Institute for National Development (MIND), and the Vocational Development and Training Institute (VDTI).

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