UCCI students get career guidance from GirlForce 100

UCCI females with local representatives from 100 Women in Finance youth mentoring programme Girl Force 100. - Photo: Submitted

Members of GirlForce 100, a female youth-mentoring initiative for 100 Women in Finance, visited the University College of the Cayman Islands last week to offer career guidance to students.

GirlForce 100 pairs local 100 Women in Finance members with young women who have indicated an interest in a career in finance and have demonstrated notable potential meriting their placement, according to a press release from UCCI.

“UCCI’s goal is to provide our students with holistic development, including career support and relationship building outside of the classroom,” said UCCI president Stacy McAfee in the release.

“One of the most important things that we can do for our students is to help them create a network of relationships with those that have their best interests in mind. We hope that every single UCCI student has not just one but multiple mentors,” McAfee said.

During the introductory meeting with university students, the Girlforce 100 team outlined the benefits of mentoring sessions, career clinics, workshops and group events.

100 Women in Finance senior members Laurie Mernett and Lara Deysel shared with the group their mentoring journeys.

“We currently mentor approximately 50 mentees across two local high schools,” Mernett said. “We inspire each of our young women to reach their fullest potential through events, one-on-one mentoring sessions and working in conjunction with our community partners, one of whom we are proud to say is UCCI.”

She added, “We feel that the collective vision of both GirlForce 100 and UCCI are aligned in education and propelling our youth forward towards their goals. 100WF will be launching GirlForce 100 in UCCI for the 2020/2021 school year.”

Deysel said forming relationships is the backbone of GirlForce 100 and the group is strengthening its connectivity this year to provide the support mentees need whenever they need it.

“Life is a journey and the career choices you take come through that journey. In the earlier stages of your career journey, you are faced with tough decisions, but you can refer to the conversations taken in our programme that will guide your path in your decisions,” Deysel said.

UCCI offers dual diplomas to students who wish to obtain a local degree in addition to US and UK accredited degrees.

For more information on GirlForce 100, email [email protected].

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