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Banking it is! UWI student settles on career path

Sunday, November 24, 2019

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Daniel Levy is well on the way to attaining a BSc in Business and Finance from The University of the West Indies (The UWI) with plans to complete studies next year, and now, having spent an entire day at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank's New Kingston headquarters, he is even more convinced that a career in banking is for him.

As a guest of the bank in celebration of International Men's Day last Tuesday, Levy met with Managing Director Nigel Holness, and shadowed various male executives.

Based on the experience, the 22-year-old graduate of Jonathan Grant High School says that his “eyes have been opened to the number of possibilities at the bank” and he can even narrow down his “special interest in the corporate or investment side of the business”.

The young man, who is president of the Banking League at The UWI, said that on leaving high school he had originally contemplated studying accounting but, based on research, felt that banking and finance had a “broader application for employment”.

“Managing Director Holness gave me a comprehensive overview that really opened my eyes to the many facets of banking and I learnt even more by sitting with individual executives across departments during the day, getting a feel for their specific tasks and having an opportunity to interact and ask questions,” Levy told the Jamaica Observer.

He added that the day's experience allowed him to match theory learnt at The UWI with practice.

“I have great appreciation for the practical knowledge gained at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank and can't wait to complete my studies and begin working in the field,” he said.

CIBC FirstCaribbean explained that the move was expected to empower male students by exposing them to real-world work environments and to positive role models.


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