Career & Education

After the GSAT storm

 
“I am glad it’s over; all the
preparation prior to the examamination,
all the presssure from early last year. I
took away her summer [holiday]. I told
her it was just only for a time. I am just
waiting on the result.
— Gayena Byfield
“The exam was manageable. I just
want to relax and do all the stuff I used
to do. I am going to listen to music and
watch my favourite television show.”
— Giselle Byfield
Attending:
Half-Way-Tree Primary School
School of Choice: Campion College
 
Karl McLarty

Anxiety and nervousness would have now subsided across the island with the sitting of this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) last Thursday and Friday. Recognised as a veritable rite of passage from the primary level to secondary level of education, parents, teachers and students execut ... Read More

Table laid with breakfast consisting of eggs, sausages, porridge, fruits, milo and juice for the students. East Central St Catherine GSAT students get support
Since 2015, attorney-at-law Alando Terrelonge and his team have been engaged in a programme dubbed & ... Read More

Professor Neville Ying Mico launches conversation series
The Mico Universiy College announced on Wednesday that it will begin a series of public discussion f ... Read More

Stephen Summers, supply chain manager at Nestlè (right), conducts a live session with Rory at Friday’s Nestlé Needs YOUth career fair. Nestlé Jamaica takes on youth unemployment
Hundreds of students from university campuses across the Corporate Area flocked Alfred Sangster Audi ... Read More

Hospitality, tourism scholarships open

Sunday, March 05, 2017    

The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation is accepting scholarship applications until Thursday, March 30, 2017. Scholarships, which are largely financed by corporate donations, are open to Caribbean students and industry professionals pursuing higher education or professional development in the hospitality and tourism field. In a joint statement, CHTAEF Chairman Richard Kahn and Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) President Karolin Troubetzkoy stated: “W ... Read More

PHOTO: Talking careers

Monday, February 27, 2017    

(From left) Sandals Montego Bay’s Training and Development Manager Sigourney Hastings, and Environment, Health and Safety Manager Haniff Richards describe some of the career opportunities available within the Sandals chain to Cornwall College students Ragel Mitchell, Deshawn  Cooke, and Geovani Merchant, two Thursdays ago during National Careers Week. Under the theme, ‘Expanding Horizons for Vision 2030’, the luxury included© chain exposed hundreds of students from various high schools across the western region to organisations that provided options to facilitate their decisions on the next phase in achieving their career goals. Sandals not only provided information on its product and services, but also built awareness on the resort’s record of being one of the most preferred employers within the tourism industry. Students also had a chance to learn more about the opportunities available through the Sandals Corporate University such as the Sandals hospitality training programme. (Photo: Sandals)

(From left) Sandals Montego Bay’s Training and Development Manager Sigourney Hastings, and Environment, Health and Safety Manager Haniff Richards describe some of the career opportunities available within the Sandals chain to Cornwall College students Ragel Mitchell, Deshawn Cooke, and Geovani Merchant, two Thursdays ago during National Careers Week. Under the theme, ‘Expanding Horizons for Vision 2030’, the luxury included© chain exposed hundreds of students from ... Read More

Jamaica to produce science geniuses

BY JEDIAEL CARTER Career & Education reporter carterj@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Entertainers and government officials are excited for the Science Genius Jamaica competition. From left: Dr Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and technology, dancehall artistes Wayne Marshall and Tifa, Floyd Green, state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Professor Christopher Emdin conceptualiser for Science Genius in the United States. (Joseph Wellington)

IF the organisers of Science Genius Jamaica: Science Meets Dancehall realise their vision, Jamaica will shortly become a production hub for some of the world’s greatest scientists. Through a partnership between the Jamaica National Foundation and Science Genius — a US-based initiative that uses hip-hop music to reach students, the programme was launched Wednesday at the Knutsford Court Hotel with an aim to “create a buzz about science among high school students”. It wil ... Read More

Celebrating Jamaica part 2

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Iris Gelly Primary students in their colours. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

Schools across the island celebrated Jamaica Day last week Read More

Government opens $30-million scholarship fund

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Ruel Reid

The Government on Wednesday launched a $30-million scholarship grant to be provided through the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service/PetroCaribe Development Fund (PDF). Addressing the launch, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid, said the initiative reflects measures being taken by the Government to assist students to fund higher education. “The Ministry is extremely grateful to PetroCaribe and the Ministry of Finance for facilitating this important (programme). ... Read More

Is lunchtime included in the eight-hour work day?

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

(Photo: AP)

Dear Career Advisor: I would like to know if, as a government worker, break-time is included in the eight-hour shift. Yours truly, Andrew Dear Andrew: Thank you for your question. As this is a recurring concern of many workers, for clarity we are rephrasing to read, “Is lunchtime counted as part of the eight hours of work in a regular work day?” As stated in law, employers are required to make allowance in the work schedule during the normal workday of eight hours for employees ... Read More

Technical jobs at risk of automation — billionaire

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Thinking creatively is a skill that could soon become more valuable than some technical ones which are currently sought after, like computer-coding. So says billionaire software developer from the US Mark Cuban, according to Bloomberg TV. “That might have been a great job a few years ago, but you might be out of work in five years,” Cuban said. Citing what he called “the automation of automation,” where computers learn how to write software better than humans can, he w ... Read More

PHOTO: Celebrating Jamaica

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Students of CAB/RJR Basic School were fashion forward in their 1970s take on Jamaica Day. (Naphtali Junior)

Schools across the island celebrated Jamaica Day last week. While the majority kept the observances traditional, with students wearing outfits in the green, black and gold of the flag, as well as the national outfit made from bandana, others changed gears and had the students dress as their favourite animated characters, or had them portray outfits from the 1960s and 70s. Read More

Praising, rewarding children can increase learning outcomes

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

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Praising and rewarding your child is a controversial topic. Some experts believe that praise and rewards teach children wrong values, while some studies show that when used at the right time, these external motivators can help children complete tasks that they would not have wanted to do. It has been my experience that a little of both, when used appropriately, can make a world of a difference in learning outcomes at school. They can ignite motivation and steer students towards excellence. The ... Read More

Year-two of real estate courses to begin March 3

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

People interested in formally entering the real estate profession will have the opportunity to begin the process with the Real Estate Training Institute rolling out year-two of its courses starting this Friday, March 3. The Institute, which is owned and operated by the Real Estate Board, is the provider of qualifying courses for registration and licensing as a real estate salesman or dealer in Jamaica. Since its inception in 2016, there have been five salesman courses which had a combined coho ... Read More



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