Students explore a world of career choices

Year 11 student Kenniza Anderson with Massimo DeFrancesca, executive chef at the Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa

Budding chefs and engineers enjoyed exploring career opportunities at John Gray High School’s Career Day last week.

More than 450 students attended the event, where they had the opportunity to talk with representatives of more than 30 companies about various careers, financial aid and scholarship and internship opportunities.

Company representatives met students who might one day be their employees, apprentices and interns in healthcare, construction, real estate, hospitality, surveying, education and insurance, among other professions.

Year 11 student Indirea Binns with chief engineer Eric Mildenberger of the new Kimpton resort
Year 11 student Indirea Binns with chief engineer Eric Mildenberger of the new Kimpton resort

Year 11 student Kenniza Anderson aspires to become a chef. Her goal after graduation from John Gray is to continue her studies at the Further Education Centre “to get more passes before moving to the U.K. to pursue higher studies.”

“My passion [to be a chef] started from when I was young, and my mother was the one to inspire me,” said Kenniza. “She’s always in the kitchen …”

She hopes to eventually enroll in culinary school in the U.K. and to start her career at the new Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa.

“I don’t mind working my way up,” she said.

Year 11 student Indirea Binns also expressed a desire to start her career at the new Kimpton hotel, as a receptionist, after completing her A Levels. Her ultimate goal, she said, is to become a corporate lawyer.

Callum Shields, another high school student at the event, said he was interested in electronics and would like to pursue a degree in electrical engineering.

Student Callum Shields with Androgroup Ltd.'s business operations manager Annisa Ramdeen-Wood and CEO Steven Walsh
Student Callum Shields with Androgroup Ltd.’s business operations manager Annisa Ramdeen-Wood and CEO Steven Walsh

Annisa Ramdeen-Wood, operations manager at Androgroup, an electrical and air conditioning installation, repair and maintenance contractor, said the company offers a variety of apprenticeship/intern opportunities, and shared information with Callum.

“Career Day is … used to promote awareness of the different careers in Cayman,” said careers adviser Tania Johnson of the Further Education Centre’s Careers Advisory Service. “A lot of the students don’t know what they’d like to pursue and this is a great opportunity to learn about the different opportunities available island-wide.”

Ms. Johnson said the event has had strong support from Cayman’s businesses and government over the past five years.

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