Career & Education

The Lumsden-Black Tradition

Top student at Yallahs Primary School Jenecia Black (left) is heading to Morant Bay High School in September. (Photo: Coral Brown)

JENECIA Black scored a Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) average of 95 (99 for maths, 99 for language arts, 100 for science, 98 for social studies, and 10/12 in communication task). It’s a score that could have easily qualified her for any of the traditional Corporate Area high schools. But th ... Read More

Bryan takes EduFocal’s CSEC award
Tyrese Bryan (centre) was awarded $30,000 at Thursday’s EduFocal Excellence Awards at Jamaica ... Read More

Award-winning teacher and principal Salome Thomas-EL Salome Thomas-EL to headline JN leadership summit
The JN Foundation is expected to host its school leadership summit tomorrow, Monday, July 25 and Tue ... Read More

EmpowerFest to issue $150,000 in back-to-school support today
Mind Food International and Grennell’s Driving School will be issuing back-to-school support w ... Read More

‘I’m glad I took my wife’s advice’

Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Alrick Parris poses with Gillian Hyde, General Manager of JN Small Business Loans, after finishing second at the JNSBL Barber and Beauty Battle and Expo held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in 2015. Photo: Courtesy JNBS

Not many men are prepared to take their wife’s advice, particularly when it comes to treading on new ground. However, Alrick Parris is not one of those people, but it took some prodding. “When I saw the advertisements about the Barber & Beauty competition in 2015, I didn’t want to enter because, I felt that I didn’t have the time for that,” Parris explained. “However, my wife, Michelle Green-Parris, encouraged me to enter, as she was confident that I cou ... Read More

10 Ways to make the most out of your summer internship

Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Elizabeth Swaby pours a cup of Pepsi for a customer at an event.

Once Elizabeth Swaby, brand manager, Pepsi Jamaica steps into a room, you feel her charismatic energy. That effervescent personality has been a permanent accessory for this young executive since her days interning at some of Jamaica’s leading companies. But it was enthusiasm, hard work and consistent delivery of high quality work which she felt distinguished her from her colleagues during the period and laid the foundation for a smooth transition into the world of full-time work. Internsh ... Read More

When is a good time to ask for a raise?

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Carolyn Marie SMITH

Dear Advisor: I have been on this job for more than a year now. I started right after university, but I have not received a raise in salary. I have been working very hard and I know I deserve an increase. Based on what I have been told by a colleague, I am covering the work that should be done by two people. I want to ask for a raise. When is a good time to do so? Yours truly Christopher M. Dear Christopher: It is often challenging to decide on the appropriate time to request a raise in sal ... Read More

Is a debt-free college education possible?

Sunday, July 24, 2016    

During lunch break at your summer job is a good time to catch up on your summer reading list. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans)

BOOK: Debt-free U: How I paid for an outstanding college education without loans, scholarships, or mooching off my parents AUTHOR: Zac Bissonnette SUMMARY The thrust of this book is self-funded college education. Zac Bissonnette gives advice on how to get a tertiary education without plunging into debt. He dismisses the necessity of student loans or other loans to finance tertiary education. He even discounts the benefit of scholarships, saying they are overrated. He argues that only a few st ... Read More

Summer reading camps begin tomorrow

Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Jamaica Intensive Reading Clinic will be staging its islandwide Summer Reading Camp this week — July 25 to 29. It will feature over 100 volunteers, 35 literacy specialists, reading ambassadors and representatives from the Ministry of Education, Santana Morris, founder and executive director of the clinic told the Jamaica Observer. The camp will be hosted each day from 10:00 am 2:00 pm at the following centres: • St James — Calvary Baptist Church Educational Centre, Montego B ... Read More

Major keys for international college admissions — Part 1

Nicole McLaren Campbell | Sunday, July 24, 2016    

Nicole McLaren Campbell

I’ve spent the last week-and-a-half renewing friendships and getting to know new admissions counsellors and college advising professionals from across the world ? in one of the largest meetings of college admission professionals annually — the International Association for College Admission Counseling Conference at Rutgers University in New Jersey and Chicagoland College Tour. It’s been a reaffirmation of some things I already knew; some information on ever-changing financial a ... Read More

Stem Lego Robotics workshop a fun way to give back

Monday, July 18, 2016    

Owen Kirk (left) and Bryce Ware look pleasingly at the result of their Lego workshop for wards of the Nest Children’s Home on Saturday.

Owen Kirk and Bryce Ware, two Los Angeles youth ages 10 and 11, are in Kingston for the month of July accompanying their mother/aunt on a visit to her Kingston business office to fulfil their desire to share with students of their age group some of their years of experience being a part of the FIRST Lego League Jr (Jr FLL) in Southern California. The FIRST Lego League Jr gives early elementary school students and their adult coaches the opportunity to work and create together while they explor ... Read More

Another GSAT triumph

BY RENAE DIXON Observer staff reporter | Monday, July 18, 2016    

Kristine was awarded several prizes at her graduation ceremony.

AS any parent would, Mildred Walters beamed with pride as she spoke of her daughter’s accomplishment following her sitting of the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in March, the results of which were recently made public. Her eldest of three children, Kristine Williams, 12, did exceptionally well in the annual national exam. “She is just extraordinary,” Walters said, citing that Kristine had been doing well in school over the years and that she expected the results she receiv ... Read More

Self-taught artist turns passion into profit

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer | Sunday, July 17, 2016    

Kristen Cole puts the finishing touches on a white calla lilly oil on canvas piece. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

WHEN seeking an office job turned up nil for Kristen Cole, it was the visual art of painting that came to her rescue. The 22-year-old Jonathan Grant High School graduate turned her hobby into a business this January after approximately six months in the wilderness of unemployment. “Last year was a depressing year for me,” she confesses to the Jamaica Observer. “I couldn’t find any jobs. My dad turned to me one day and said, ‘Why don’t you start selling you ... Read More

Chronicling childhood

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer | Sunday, July 17, 2016    

HIGH school dropout. Wholesale labourer. Factory worker. Stocktaker and evaluator. Accountant’s assistant. Accountant. Author. Such has been the trajectory of Rodger Berry’s professional life. Today, the 33-year-old, who was pulled from Kingston Technical High School at third form is testament that one’s circumstances do not determine one’s success. Dropping out of school was not his choice. Berry tells the Jamaica Observer that his father refused to send him back aft ... Read More



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