Students get a sampling of careers

Crystal Marshall, left, and Jolene Nelson, right, teach two students how to display and serve fruit. - Photos: Jewel Levy

George Town Primary students recently had an opportunity to experience the world of work at school.

Israel Ebanks wants to be a flight attendant.
Israel Ebanks wants to be a flight attendant.

The careers day held on Thursday, May 12, was a part of Child Month activities held throughout May.

The careers workshop hosted a number of working professionals involving key speakers, teachers and students. The activities were also aimed at encouraging children to think about the sort of career they might want to pursue, as well as broadening their perception of the various jobs available.

Children were also told about the different skills and qualifications they would need to gain to fulfill these careers.

“The theme, ‘The future depends on what you do today’ as said by Mahatma Gandhi was chosen because our children are our greatest assets and our future. It’s therefore incumbent on all the stakeholders to nurture, train, enlighten and guide them from an early age,” said teacher Joan Anderson.

The day provided opportunities for the children to ask questions about careers that interested them, and they had lots of fun dressing up as different professionals, such as police officers, chefs, dentists, nurses, disc jockeys and more.

The children enjoyed finding out about the range of careers available, as well as getting hands-on experience with resources and props that the professionals brought along with them.

The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman’s culinary analyst Jolene Nelson and chef de partie Crystal Marshall were among the presenters, talking to the students about working in the Ritz kitchen.

“You get to make all kinds of delicious foods,” Ms. Nelson said.

She described how more than 600 eggs are prepared each morning for breakfast in one of the many kitchens, accompanied by lots of waffles, pancakes, biscuits, bagels and much more.

Ms. Nelson described the many preparation areas of the kitchen that are needed for events like banquets — then had a thought.

“Do you know what a banquet is?” she asked her young audience.

One student piped up with a response that set the room laughing. “A banquet was where you go and they cook you some really bad food!” the student said.