More than 200 students from 13 Jamaican high schools experienced full emersion in what it means to pursue career paths in accounting, business and management at a recent CHOICES-ACCA seminar themed 'Preparing For Career Success in Accounting, Business & Management'.
The fifth- and sixth-form students of principles of accounts, accounting, principles of business and management of business were treated to presentations by Jamaican private-sector partners introducing them to diverse opportunities.
Personnel from ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) who travelled from Trinidad and Tobago for the seminar, Mrs Paula Marcelle-Irish, manager of ACCA Northern Caribbean, and Mr Roger Gopaul, head of education for ACCA Caribbean, were among the presenters, while CHOICES General Manager Angela deFreitas presented on 'Who am I & what should I do?'
Other presentationsOther presentations included 'Career Paths & Opportunities in Jamaica' by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Jamaica, 'Accounting Through a Student's Eyes' by Robert Wright, past student of Wolmer's Boys' and now an employee at KPMG; 'Entrepreneurship & Innovation' by Mr Colin Coley of the Jamaica Business Development Corporation and 'Through an employer, educator and entrepreneur's eyes', by Mrs Sharon Donaldson-Levine of General Accident Insurance Company.Schools participating included Campion College, St Hugh's High, Jamaica College, Convent of Mercy (Alpha), St George's College, Wolmer's Boys' and Girls' Schools, Meadowbrook High, Merl Grove High, Kingston Technical High, Tarrant High, Mona High and Gaynstead High School.This major seminar was the first in a series planned to highlight career options for students pursuing CSEC and CAPE subjects. CHOICES seminars are being staged across the island under themes such as 'Choosing The Right Career', 'Choosing Subjects', 'Résumé Writing & Job Hunting', 'College Bound' and many others.
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