Eager job seekers and those looking for direction for future careers turned out to the Chamber of Commerce careers expo Thursday.
The annual event, which is held at the Sir Vassel Johnson Hall at the University College of the Cayman Islands, showcases employment and internship opportunities available at local companies.
For university student Nefertiti Moore, the careers expo is more than learning about what’s available.
“[The careers expo] is important in terms of getting experience and really finding out what we want to do in the future. I know a lot of people, once they go on an internship for one of these companies, that they really figure out what they want to do and where to go,” Moore said.
The expo, now in its 26th year, featured booths from companies in several industries, from hospitality to financial services.
The expo opened to the public at 10am and attendees had the opportunity to speak with representatives from 38 businesses and organisations that were presenting scholarship, education, internship and career opportunities.
“It’s been very informative. I found a lot of opportunities I’m interested in interning and doing part-time work with to enhance my education in the field of information technology and media and graphical design,” Moore said.
Apart from signing up for available programmes and opportunities, attendees were treated to lots of free giveaways.
The Cayman Compass was also represented at the event, with staff fielding questions about careers in journalism, and offered attendees an opportunity to spend a day at the newspaper to see how the publication comes together.
Chamber CEO Wil Pineau noted the large turnout at the expo.
“In total, more than 500 students attended, and this does not include school leavers,” he said.
Pineau said the response was “excellent” and he was pleased that students from various schools, including Wesleyan Christian Academy, John Gray High School, Lighthouse School, International College of the Cayman Islands and UCCI, attended the event.
Chamber President Woody Foster, in his opening remarks, stressed the need for opportunities to grow local labour.
“There is an insufficient number of Caymanians and residents to fill the skilled and unskilled positions that are being created, so it is vital that we inform and motivate our students to prepare themselves for the opportunities that exist in today’s workforce,” he said.