Career & Education

Women who ‘tech’

Kerry-Ann Adman, a fibre technician employed to Digicel, is part of a growing group of women working in traditionally male dominated jobs.

EIGHT months ago 35- year-old Kerry-Ann Adman was a hairdresser, operating from her home in Patrick Gardens. These days however, she wears hard hats, heavy-duty gloves and safety harnesses, and climbs light poles. She is part of the team at Digicel that installs fibre-optic cable connecting people ... Read More

The 2016 batch of interns employed to Petrojam Limited. Petrojam welcomes 18 new interns
EIGHTEEN new tertiary graduates have joined Petrojam’s one-year internship programme, a four-y ... Read More

Elaine Foster-Allen (second right) in the company of members of her family (from left, niece Nadine Blair, brother-in-law Ronald Blair, and sister Evon Blair. Shortwood bids farewell to Elaine Foster-Allen
VETERAN educator and past principal of Shortwood Teachers’ College Elaine Foster-Allen has off ... Read More

Head boy of Oberlin High School Shamar Hall and his female counterpart Keniece Smellie. Make arts mandatory too, Oberlin High tells gov’t
SCHOOL: Oberlin High School ADDRESS: Lawrence Tavern, St Andrew FOUNDED: 1946 PRINCIPAL: Michell ... Read More

Lost and frustrated in new job

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, February 14, 2016    

Adjusting to a new workplace environment takes time, determination and a positive attitude.

Dear Career Advisor: I have now landed my first job, which I began in January with much excitement and anticipation. But right now, I am feeling lost and frustrated. I work in a large open-office environment; I share a desk space which is partially separated by a low divider. Please don’t think me petty but I often feel that my colleagues are ignoring me; everybody seems so into what they are doing and sometimes when I am not sure what to do and I try to make eye contact to get attention, ... Read More

UTech, Jamaica’s School of Pharmacy secures major international grant

Sunday, February 14, 2016    

The University of Technology, Jamaica

The School of Pharmacy, University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica) has been selected as one of 16 finalists worldwide to participate in the United States-based Seeding Labs instrumental access programme. Seeding Labs is a philanthropic organisation that assists scientists in the developing world to reach their research goals. Dr Ellen Campbell Grizzle, Dean of the College of Health Sciences, UTech, Jamaica, in making the announcement recently, revealed that under the grant, the School ... Read More

Become an entrepreneur (Part 2)

Sunday, February 14, 2016    

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TIP #2: CONNECT WITH A MENTOR When it comes to something you’ve never done before, you could waste time waffling around, trying out all the possibilities to figure out what works best for you. Or, you could bring on somebody who’s been in your shoes and can guide you from decision to decision using the lessons they’ve learned themselves. You start college with an advisor. You play sports under the guidance of a coach. Why shouldn’t you treat becoming an entrepreneur the ... Read More

SLB now to charge interest on reducing balance

Friday, February 12, 2016    

THWAITES… collections have increased

EFFECTIVE April 1, the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB) will be charging interest on the reducing loan balances for new and returning students. This will result in students paying 20 per cent less than they were previously charged. This was announced by Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites while highlighting the Government’s commitment and support to tertiary education, during the opening ceremony for the Jamaica Dental Association 52nd Annual Convention, at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel ... Read More

Digicel talks Internet safety with Kingston High students

Friday, February 12, 2016    

Students of Kingston High School ask questions during a presentation by Digicel’s Director of Legal and Regulatory Gail Moss-Solomon which was mainly about Internet  security at the recent workshop at the school.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS and entertainment provider Digicel joined millions of people across the world Tuesday to celebrate Safer Internet Day, which sought to promote the safe and responsible use of technology, especially among young people. Digicel, in a release, said it was able to raise awareness via its social media pages and held a discussion with students at the Kingston High School about the importance of safe and responsible behaviour online. Digicel’s director of legal and regulator ... Read More

Jamaica increases presence among emerging global leaders in US

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

ROBINSON...if it’s to be, it’s up to me

THE US Embassy in Kingston announced on Wednesday that Anna-Kim Robinson, programme manager of Respect Jamaica, has been granted a White House Emerging Global Leaders Initiative-Atlas Corps (EGLI-Atlas Corps) Fellowship which will see her working with a human rights organisation in President Obama’s hometown — Chicago, Illinois — for up to a year-and-a-half. She left the island last week. “Anna-Kim was selected as part of a highly competitive process and the US Embassy ... Read More

Khajay Cotterell:

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Career & Education writer honeyghanp@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, February 07, 2016    

COTTEREL...I have loved fashion since I was a child

ONE doesn’t have to look far to realise that stereotypes about gender roles are still pervasive in the Jamaican society. In high school, for example, boys aren’t generally encouraged to pursue home economics, and girls aren’t pushed to take up mechanics, electrical engineering or woodwork, for instance. Those who ignore the status quo are frowned upon, laughed at, labelled ‘weird’, or worse. But that has done very little to deter fourth form student at Ascott High ... Read More

Teen moms trained for career development

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

SOME 480 adolescent mothers from the Women’s Centre Foundation will be exposed to sessions on career development this year, through a partnership between the ScotiaFoundation and Junior Achievement Jamaica. The seven-week intervention, titled JA Career Success, will train the teens in areas such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, work priorities, and soft skills. It is part of a wider programme called Girls Empowered for Motherhood and Success (GEMS), which assists youn ... Read More

$11 million for POA, POB

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Chairman of the National Commercial Bank Foundation, Thalia Lyn (right), with Manager of Group Corporate Communications at the bank, Belinda Williams (centre) and Director of the Foundation, Stuart Reid.

THE National Commercial Bank Foundation on Wednesday presented the Ministry of Education with over $11 million in sponsorship fees for students sitting Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) principles of accounts (POA) and principles of business (POB) in May/June this year. The sponsorship programme supplements the ministry’s initiative to assist students at the secondary level meet the minimum qualifications required for entry to a tertiary institution by adding two subjects t ... Read More

Involved students are invested students

Sunday, February 07, 2016    

Shirley Davis

IN the first two parts of this series on accountability, a great deal of discussion was held around the levels of educational accountability by the school and parents. Now it’s time to address the student. We acknowledge that all three are key to a forward path, overall student success and outstanding university placement. Making students accountable for their own success isn’t easy, but colleagues and parents have some tried and true approaches to help them step up to the plate and ... Read More



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