Students explore career options

A group of 53 students from St. Ignatius Catholic High School discovered various career options in the Cayman Islands during the Chamber of Commerce Career Awareness Visits which took place last week.

Accompanying the students as chaperones from St. Ignatius were Gareth Thacker, Head of Upper School; Dominique Chenier, Head of Business Studies; Emily Handscombe, Head of Geography; Jacqueline Schofield, Life Skills Coordinator; and Joanne Diaz Berry, Programmes Coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce.

This Chamber programme has enjoyed long standing success and is conducted each year to educate and raise students’ awareness about career options in the public and private sector, especially those opportunities that are available through Chamber member organisations.

Students had the option of attending Health Services Authority or Chamber member Butterfield Bank for the morning session. The students attending Health Services Authority were greeted by Cathy Gomez, Chief Operating Officer, who conducted an informational session followed by a tour of various sections of the hospital.

Samantha Nehra, Manager of Learning and Development Center, and Diane Wagner, Recruitment and Employee Specialist at Butterfield Bank, led the students through a thought provoking interactive session in which they were encouraged to think outside the box to identify key areas and aspects of the bank.

Students then had the opportunity to learn about the qualifications, education and career paths available within Butterfield, as well as pose questions about the organisation.

All of the students, along with their chaperones, were then able to tour the facilities and enjoy lunch at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman. Included in their tour was a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of this beautiful resort and an opportunity to meet the people who provide first-class service to the guests, including Resort Manager Marc Langevin.

The afternoon session was divided among Chamber host companies Caribbean Utilities Company and CITN.

Students attending CUC were greeted at the Hurricane Centre by Caren Thompson, Manager of Corporate Communications, and received the benefit of a plant tour followed by career talks.

At CITN, News Director Karla Stanley and News Anchor Donna Bush provided the students with a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the television station.

Webster’s Tours provided transportation for the group to the various sites.

‘Showcasing career opportunities to our youth is an extremely important part of their educational experience,’ said Chamber CEO Wil Pineau. ‘The Chamber’s Career Awareness visits allow our students to learn about various industries which will assist them with selecting an educational or vocational path that best suits their interests, values and skills. I’d like to thank all the businesses and Government agencies that welcomed the students for these visits.’

To find out more about this or any other Chamber of Commerce programme, please contact the Chamber by phone 949-8090, fax 949-0220 or visit www.caymanchamber.ky

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