Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Andre Taylor flies high http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Andre-Taylor-flies-high_19225931 IN a society where girls often outperform boys academically, Andre Taylor has given Jamaica a gentle nudge, as a reminder that boys should not be counted out. Taylor, who resides in Bermaddy, rural community in St Catherine, has provided a positive reinforcement for the status of boys in the education system with his exceptional performance in the 2015 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams. Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT 'I love maths' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-I-love-maths-_19226061 WHILE many students admit that they fear mathematics, it is the love of Danielle Tucker's life. Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Universities should offer student loans — Bartlett http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Universities-should-offer-student-loans---Bartlett_19226231 MONTEGO BAY, St James -- East Central St James MP Edmund Bartlett has challenged tertiary institutions to partner with the private and public sectors to assist students with special tuition loans. Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT What is an exit interview? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/What-is-an-exit-interview-_19226218 Dear Career Advisor: Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT How to write a cover letter that gets noticed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Write-a-cover-letter-that-gets-noticed_19225033 JOB seekers often underestimate the value of a cover letter to the application process and end up writing pieces that either go to the bottom of the recruiter's pile, or worse. The cover letter is an opportunity for the job candidate to illustrate his/her communication abilities and market him/herself to recruiters. The quality of it determines whether you are called to an interview or not, so should therefore be well-written and targeted. Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Musical gifts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Musical-gifts_19225115 The 50 young people who were enrolled in Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica's Annual Summer Band Camp for 2015, which was held between June 20 and August 12, react to news that they would be receiving the instrument to which they were assigned. The announcement was made at the charity organisation's Summer Band Camp's Graduation Ceremony held on August 12 at FFP's headquarters in St Catherine. Members of the charity organisation and guest speaker, saxophonist Dean Fraser, encouraged them to use these instruments to develop a skill or career for themselves. Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT WINDALCO offers engineering scholarships in Russia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/WINDALCO-offers-engineering-scholarships-in-Russia_19226262 UC Rusal Alumina Jamaica Limited, the Russia-based parent company of WINDALCO and ALPART, announced last week that it will be offering 25 scholarships to Jamaican students to pursue undergraduate degrees in Russia, starting this school year. Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT GK helps send employees' children back to school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/GK-helps-send-employees--children-back-to-school_19226235 GRACEKENNEDY Group of companies awarded 28 secondary and tertiary level students, who are children of its employees, with bursaries totalling $1.8 million at its head office in downtown Kingston last Tuesday. Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Jamaica Broilers awards bursaries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Jamaica-Broilers-awards-bursaries_19226226 THE Jamaica Broilers Group hosted its 2015 back-to-school awards function at its head office in McCook's Pen, St Catherine, last Tuesday. Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT ‘Lego yuh mind’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-Lego-yuh-mind- Halls of Learning’s summer camp at the Stella Maris Pastoral Centre, Lego Yuh Mind, allows participants to develop valuable academic, creative and problemsolving Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 03:34:01 GMT Stationery drive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Stationery-drive_19225632 Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited last week donated 50 notebooks and 50 pencils to the Rotaract Club of St Andrew's back-to-school stationery drive. The handing over took place at Sagicor's head office in New Kingston. The club's vice-president Sheldon Pinnock accepted the donation from Krystle Hawes Simpson, Financial Advisor at Sagicor. Sharing in the occasion were club members (from left) Clifton Cawley, Sherika Watson, Paige Jackson, Anna-Kae West and Angeleque Curtis. The National Road Safety Council has also committed to donating 100 notebooks to the club. The donated items will be presented to students at Balcombe Drive Primary and Junior High School in Kingston on International Literacy Day, which is recognised on September 8. Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT M&M increases tertiary maths scholarships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/M-M-increases-tertiary-maths-scholarships-_19226244 CIVIL engineering firm M&M Jamaica Ltd has added three tertiary scholarships to its raft of outreach intervention programmes, one of which will be awarded to a Balaclava High School student to pursue mathematics. Local Education Sun, 30 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Twin excellence http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Twin-excellence_19225010 A 2008 Taiwanese study suggests that twins perform poorer academically when compared to singletons, but the consistent excellent performance of Clarendon-born twins Shauntelle and Shaneque Edwards since they were two years old, pokes gaping holes in the theory. Local Education Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Raining scholarships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Raining-scholarships_19224815 A 3.6 Grade Point Average (GPA) was not an easy feat for Calais Morrison, a first-year accounting major at the University of the West Indies. But the 20-year-old said she was mentally prepared to succeed, not only because of a personal desire to win, but also because it is a renewal condition of the Rainforest Seafoods scholarships that she maintain a minimum of 3.0. Local Education Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT 'Not enough jobs for people with PhDs in US' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-Not-enough-jobs-for-people-with-PhDs-in-US-_19224403 JAMAICAN-BORN professor, Ingrid Tulloch, is championing the cause of encouraging young academics to return to the island to share what they have learnt overseas. But she confesses it has not been an easy course. Local Education Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Single dad revels in daughter's success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Single-dad-revels-in-daughter-s-success_19224297 IF Charlton Bulli could relive the past 10 years, he wouldn't change a thing about being a single dad to his daughter Shakera. Local Education Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Tivoli Dance Troupe helps dancers with back-to-school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Tivoli-Dance-Troupe-helps-dancers-with-back-to-school AFTER making them the focus of its recent production, Stages, the leadership of the Tivoli Dance Troupe is again focusing on its young members, but in a different way. As it has been doing since its first dance production 24 years ago, the highly decorated troupe is assisting its dancers with supplies for the new school year. Local Education Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:15 GMT Ask for a raise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Ask-for-a-raise_19223992 ASKING for a raise can be very intimidating. This may be for a plethora of reasons, including fear that your employer thinks you are unappreciative of what you are paid; or you just don't want the boss to get the impression that you think that you are being underpaid (even if you are). However, when push comes to shove, sometimes we really need that extra top-up on our salaries. Should you ever find yourself in the position of asking for a raise, bear these in mind: Local Education Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Back-to-school shopping tips http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Back-to-school-shopping-tips_19225120 AS parents continue their preparations for back-to-school, the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is encouraging them to learn about and exercise their rights as consumers. Local Education Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Model builder http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Model-builder_19225127 Little Kaleb Lewis enjoys himself with a car made from building blocks at Friday's back-to-school fair put on by the Early Childhood Commission at Emancipation Park. (PHOTO: NAPHTALI JUNIOR) Local Education Sun, 23 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT Experience that pays http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Experience-that-pays-_19223868 GETTING paid during the summer break is the dream for any university student. What's even better is getting paid while racking up valuable experience in the area aligned to one's career. Local Education Sun, 16 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT How to... make a good impression http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to----make-a-good-impression_19223903 THE first impression, they say, is lasting. What you do on the first day often follows you throughout your tenure at any organisation; that is, if it is one that allows you to continue beyond that first day. Whether it is a nickname of "Wolmerian" because of the maroon and gold tie you wore on the first day, or being known as the 'stush' girl because you couldn't remove the staple from a piece of paper, that first impression is very important. Local Education Sun, 16 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Saved by EduCom http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Saved-by-EduCom_19223813 IN two weeks, Dwayne Smith will graduate from Excelsior Community College with a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology. It’s almost a miracle for the 33-year-old who, up to two years ago, was struggling to fulfil his financial obligations to the institution. Local Education Sun, 16 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Help! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Help-_19223812 'IF only somebody could make it easier for my mother'. Local Education Sun, 16 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT Buff Bay Leads http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Buff-Bay-Leads_19223860 BUFF Bay Primary, in the town of the same name in the parish of Portland, has walked away with the top prize for recording the most improvement in its management and academic performance during year one of the JN Foundation's iLead education leadership programme. Local Education Sun, 16 Aug 2015 02:00:00 GMT