Career & Education

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS using business for social good

Best friends and business partners Simier Landsend (left) and Kadeem Pet-Grave.(Photo: JNBS)

Not many people think of business as an engine of social regeneration, but when designed as a social enterprise, it is capable of not only earning profits, but providing a social service which empowers people and communities as well. Although initially unaware of the model of business they were da ... Read More


5 STEM-based social media careers
You love social media, but have you ever thought of it as a career option? In its latest issues, ST ... Read More

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett (centre) and Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid (2nd right) participate in the signing of an agreement for the development of a business plan for the design of Jamaica’s first hospitality school during a ceremony at Jamaica House on Wednesday, January 11. Others (seated from left) are Executive Director of the Tourism Product Development Company, Joy Roberts; Permanent Secretary in the Tourism Ministry, Jennifer Griffith; and Professor Emeritus of George Washington University, Donald Hawkins. Standing are Chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund Godfrey Dyer, and Coordinator of the hospitality school project, Carol Rose Brown.(Photo: JIS) Government inks deal for hospitality school
The Government has partnered with professionals from international tourism training institutions for ... Read More

Carolyn Marie SMITH Does an incomplete degree help or hurt my chances of getting a job?
Dear Career Advisor: I did courses towards an associate degree in business studies some time ago. ... Read More

11 Habits you need to succeed in 2017: The students’ Edition

Sunday, January 15, 2017    

Educator and author Dr Karla Hylton.(Photo: Bryan Cummings)

New Year’s resolutions have been a ritual for people all over the world for thousands of years. At the end of each year, we make lists of things we want to accomplish in the following year. It helps us to go into the New Year with an optimistic mindset to be better than we were the year before. But it can be difficult to maintain those goals for the duration of the year, even for students. Educator, author and Career & Education columnist Dr Karla Hylton, LASCO Teacher of the Year fro ... Read More

PSOJ, UWI to hold research, development talks

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Career&Education writer honeyghanp@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, January 15, 2017    

MCDONALD...research and innovation are only worthwhile if they have direct, beneficial and positive impact on the welfare and livelihoods of the community we serve.(Observer File Photo)

Citing the ever increasing demand for new, better, and more more advanced technologies in almost every sphere of the lgobal marketplace, president of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) Paul B Scott has argued that companies need to rely on continuous research in order to reinvent themselves and remain sustainable. To that end, Scott announced on Tuesday that the PSOJ and the University of the West Indies, Mona will be forging a partnership to drive research and development in bus ... Read More

Alpha launches new-look website

Sunday, January 15, 2017    

The Alpha Boys' School, now known as the Alpha Institute. (file photo)

  Alpha Institute and the Religious Sisters of Mercy who operate the school have launched a redesigned website. The new-look product — alphaboysschool.org — was designed by Nestor Matilla (http://mountgrovemusic.com/) and built by Joan Cerdas (mrkowalsky.com) at no cost to Alpha. “alphaboysschool.org will help us to better stay engaged with you, our friends and family,” the institue said. “Alpha is grateful to Mr Matilla and Mr Cerdas for taking the first st ... Read More

UCC accredited by UK body

Sunday, January 15, 2017    

(Photo: UCC/Facebook)

The University College of the Caribbean (UCC), the largest, private, non-affiliated tertiary institution in Jamaica and the Caribbean has received international institutional accreditation status from the United Kingdom-based Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC). ASIC is an independent body specialising in the accreditation of schools, colleges, universities, training organisations and online and distance education providers in the United Kingdom and overseas. It is approved ... Read More

How to raise respectful children

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, January 15, 2017    

No child is born having good manners. It is something that adults, in particular parents, must teach them through good communication and example

A few years ago, it would be unheard of to have students addressing teachers using slang such as “hey” or “hi”. Instead, it would be “Good morning, Good afternoon, or Good evening, Miss or Sir”. Nowadays, there is a deficit in good manners among too many of our youngsters. No child is born having good manners. It is something that adults, in particular parents, must teach them through good communication but most importantly, by example. Good manners are a pr ... Read More

PHOTO: The president’s books

Sunday, January 15, 2017    

Professor Stephen Vasciannie (right), president, University of Technology, Jamaica, presents a collection of law publications which he authored to University Librarian David Drysdale during a tour of the Calvin McKain Library on the Papine campus on Wednesday. Sharing in the presentation is  Glenda Dalling, librarian. The entire collection consisted of 10 books and 10 offprints. In making the donation,  Vasciannie underscored that “the library is the heart of the institution”, and expressed hope that the collection will serve as good resource material for students and will encourage UTech, Ja faculty members to pursue increased research and publication. (Photo: Courtesy UTech)

Professor Stephen Vasciannie (right), president, University of Technology, Jamaica, presents a collection of law publications which he authored to University Librarian David Drysdale during a tour of the Calvin McKain Library on the Papine campus on Wednesday. Sharing in the presentation is Glenda Dalling, librarian. The entire collection consisted of 10 books and 10 offprints. In making the donation, Vasciannie underscored that “the library is the heart of the institution”, and ex ... Read More

Turning resolutions into visions

Sunday, January 08, 2017    

Jody Henry (right) and her JMMB teammates (from left) Alecia Myers, Tanniece Coote, and Melissa Wilson at the Tru-Juice 5K which was held in Bog Walk, St Catherine: (Photo)

At the start of the new year many people make resolutions, commitments and plans to make the new year better than the previous one. Usually they focus on shedding some bad habits and cultivating new ones, or on improving their health, social status or financial standing. Unfortunately, some of these are often short-lived, becoming forgotten long before the end of the year. For that reason, JMMB has, for the past four years, been seeking to help its employees uncover the secret to not just kee ... Read More

9 Habits you need for success in 2017 — the employee’s edition

Sunday, January 08, 2017    

Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville Walker

Successful people will tell you that success — however you define it — doesn’t happen overnight, nor is it a final destination. It springs from constant work, passion, preparation, diligence, perseverance, continuous learning, sacrifice, and learning from failure. It is the result of habits cultivated over time and practised every day. We spoke with a few of Jamaica’s successful leaders — including Jamaica Observer Managing Director Danville Walker; chairman and C ... Read More

STETHS hopes greenhouse tech will return it to “glory days'

Sunday, January 08, 2017    

Principal of St Elizabeth Technical High School and LASCO Principal of the Year for 2016 Keith Wellington. (Photo: JIS)

The administration of St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) in Santa Cruz is using greenhouse technology to teach agricultural science and to combat praedial larceny at the institution. Principal Keith Wellington reported that with greenhouse technology, the hope is that STETHS can return to its glory days of being one of the top educational institutions that have agriculture as a major focus. Wellington said STETHS is formerly one of the top producers of chicken meat and other agricult ... Read More

Is social media harmful to children?

Sunday, January 08, 2017    

(From left) Rheana Williams, Anna Madden and Ayla Pessoa Rollins of St Andrew Prep celebrate their success following the 2016 Burger King Prep and Primary Schools Debating Competition late last year.(Photo: Courtesy of Burger King)

The response will vary depending on whom you ask, but for the students who won the second annual Burger King Prep and Primary Debating Competition recently, social media does have value for Jamaica’s children. According to the St Andrew Preparatory School team of Ayla Pessoa Rollins, Anna Madden and Rheana Williams, who opposed the moot: “Be it Resolved that Social Media is Harmful to the Development of Jamaica’s Children, “social media facilitates networking and connect ... Read More



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