GIS hits the Expo

Government Information Services
Marketing and Communications staff reached out to youth at the Chamber of
Commerce Career, Education, Training and Jobs Expo on 19 and 20 March.

“We’re keen to help young people
recognise career possibilities that exist within the public relations and
marketing fields,” said Chief Information Officer Angela Piercy.

“As a unit, which is home to so
many different public relations and marketing professionals, we feel that we
are particularly well positioned to do this,” she said, noting the unit would like
to see more of Cayman’s youth gravitating towards public relations as a
profession.

“To encourage this we’ve taken on
summer interns for several years, made numerous career day presentations at
local schools and helped the Education Council select marketing and PR
scholarship recipients,” said Ms Piercy.

The GIS booth offered visitors a
chance to audition for a junior reporter internship by reading a pre-drafted
script on camera. The videos were then loaded to the GIS website for viewing.

For a chance to win a Blackberry
Curve donated by LIME, guests were also invited to review the unit’s website,
sign up for GIS twitter feeds and become a GIS Facebook fan. Representatives
from each of the unit’s sections were also on hand to chat with youngsters
about the kinds of career opportunities available at GIS.

“The level of interest was
phenomenal,” commented GIS Spotlight Host/Producer Heather Hopson who assisted
the students with their auditions. “More than 90 kids tried out for the junior
reporter post and many others asked about shadowing staff in other
departments.”

Graphic Designer Lisa Parks added,
“For many of the kids this was an eye-opener. They didn’t know that marketing
and PR offered such varied career possibilities.” 

GIS offers services ranging from
communication planning and strategising, to speech writing, editing, media
training and Gazette preparation, as well as graphic design, web development,
photography and videography.

For more information visit www.GIS.ky.

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