Career & Education

Schools urged to keep registration costs down

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is advising school administrators to keep the cost of registration packages between $1,000 and $5,000. Making the call, senior advisor at the ministry Robert Miller said the ministry has received reports that some schools are charging exorbitant sums ... Read More

Education Minister Ruel Reid greets students of Sunrise Early Childhood Development Centre at their graduation ceremony on Thursday.Photo: JIS School, parents partners in education — Reid
Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid has called for continued support and partners ... Read More

Tijani Christian spent last week in England as part of his award under the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Programme. Majestic Christian
Her Majesty The Queen presented awards to the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders, including Jamaica wi ... Read More

Students of Wilbert Stewart Basic School in Kingston perform a cultural item at the National Child Month Committee’s 2016 Youth Academic Achievement Award ceremony on Wednesday.Photo: JIS Non-traditional excellence
Sixteen students from non-traditional high schools across the island were on Wednesday awarded for o ... Read More

How to get financial aid

Nicole McLaren Campbell | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

The cost of a US college can be as much as US$70,000 per year,

Financial aid and scholarship souring may very well be the most important part of the college application process for students whose matriculation depends on securing funding for their studies. After all, you can get into all your dream colleges, but you can’t enrol unless you can pay for it. With the cost of tertiary education in the US expected to continue to increase each year — while the Jamaican dollar continues to lose value a robust affordability strategy is a must for parent ... Read More

JPS takes on 130 summer employees

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Manager, HR Business Services at Jamaica Public Service, Silina Patterson addresses the group of high school and university students who will work with the utility company and its partners this summer.Aston Spaulding

One hundred and thirty students from secondary and tertiary institutions across the island will start a seven-week Summer Employment Programme, valued at $4 million, with Jamaica Public Service (JPS) tomorrow. To prepare them for the workplace, the utility company hosted the students at an orientation on Friday, at which it schooled them about what was expected over the period. Tishan Lee, JPS’s head of marketing, emphasised the importance of one’s personal brand. “Use t ... Read More

Is grad school right for me?

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Carolyn Marie SMITH

Dear Career Advisor: I have just completed all the requirements for a bachelor’s degree; however, I don’t have a clue as to what to do next. I have sent out a few applications, but to date I have not received even one response or acknowledgement of receipt. I have had a desire to pursue further studies and I am being encouraged in this regard by one of my lecturers. I am trying to weigh the options, but I can see no clear path for either, as I have obligations and I am not sure how ... Read More

Creating powerful messages

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Communications consultancy Buckley Communications is hosting a workshop at Knutsford Court Hotel today to help practitioners get noticed in what is an increasingly crowded field. The one-day workshop, from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, is titled ‘Creating Powerful Messages’. Managing partner of the consultancy Byron Buckley explained that “the 24-hour news cycle across a multiplicity of media platforms and amid competing voices makes it challenging for businesses and other organisations ... Read More

Munro athlete bags Dalhousie scholarships

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer | Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Career & Education columnist and CEO of AIM Educational Services Nicole Campbell guided Hendricks to Dalhousie and to the two scholarship awards.Photo: Bryan Cummings

EVERY once in while we come across those people who disprove some of the stereotypes that many of us have come to adopt; Andre Hendricks is one of them. The 18-year-old Munro College student has defied the “dumb jock” stereotype by copping not one, but two scholarships from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Hendricks has been awarded the coveted R A Murray Scholarship as well as a sports scholarship from the institution. The former guarantees the St Elizabeth native US$2,00 ... Read More

JN Articulators

Sunday, June 26, 2016    

Charter members of the JN Articulators Toastmasters Club affirm the toastmasters member pledge during the chartering of their club in Montego Bay, earlier this year. The club is based at the JN Financial Centre at Catherine Hall. It is the second staff-led Toastmasters Club at JNBS, joining the Kingston club, which was formed in 2011.Photo: JNBS

 Charter members of the JN Articulators Toastmasters Club affirm the toastmasters member pledge during the chartering of their club in Montego Bay, earlier this year. The club is based at the JN Financial Centre at Catherine Hall. It is the second staff-led Toastmasters Club at JNBS, joining the Kingston club, which was formed in 2011. (Photo: JNBS) Read More

HAPPY GROVE – The school founded by Quakers

BY EVERARD OWEN Observer Portland correspondent | Monday, June 20, 2016    

GRANT-FACEY...the Quakers are our founding fathers and are still very much involved with the school

Happy Grove High School is located in the parish of Portland close to the community of Hector’s River. The school, which was founded by the Quakers (Religious Society of Friends) in 1898, has a current student population of 1,308. Quakers are members of a group with Christian roots that was founded in England circa 1650 by George Fox. The formal title of the movement is the Society of Friends or the Religious Society of Friends. “Happy Grove is over 118 years this year, and it was ... Read More

The importance of fathers

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, June 19, 2016    

Fathers contribute significantly to the development of their children and influence their children in a multiplicity of ways that guide their children from birth through to adulthood. Their role is often marginalised in favour of the mother, and mothers often get most of the credit for raising high-achieving children. But studies show that both parents play pivotal roles in a child’s cognitive development. Contrary to popular belief, dads can be sensitive and nurturing to their kids. The ... Read More

Supermodel grads - Tami, Kai graduate high school

Sunday, June 19, 2016    

Supermodel BFFs Kai Newman (left) and Tami Williams strike a pretty pose at their recent graduation from Quality Academics.

When the roll-call for Quality Academics’s graduating class of 2016 was announced last Thursday, two names rang familiar — Tami Williams and Kai Newman. That’s because both girls are Saint International models and among the world’s top fashion models. Tami is the global face of Italian powerhouse Valentino, while Kai appears in the international advertising campaign for the ubiquitous American luxury brand, Ralph Lauren. Arguably Jamaica’s most successful model, ... Read More

Who will hire me with a biology degree?

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, June 19, 2016    

Dear Career Advisor: I will be pursuing a degree in biology at university abroad, but I would like to know what kind of companies hire biology students in Jamaica. Sincerely, Ali C Dear Ali C First, let’s examine how a degree in biology prepares you for the job market and for opportunities including further study and entrepreneurship, and how this preparation can be applied to various industries. A degree in biology is very versatile and is often used as a springboard to myriad caree ... Read More



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