Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Carlos Matallana guides UWI students on the pathways to a successful career

Carlos Matallana, general manager for Global Exchange Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago gave an energetic, frank and eye-opening talk to business students from the University of the West Indies Mona Campus (UWI) on Wednesday, February 22.
The career forum, Pathways to Success: One Man’s Journey in Business — co-curated by The Embassy of Spain and The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) — allowed the over 150 attendees in the UWI Assembly Hall to tap into the experience and knowledge of the business professional from Spain.

Dr. Nadine McLeod, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Economics in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of the West Indies shares lens time with Carlos Matallana, General Manager of Global Exchange Jamaica and T&T, ahead of his presentation at the Pathways to Success seminar. The seminar was part of the Series Conversations with Spain, organized through the Embassy of Spain and The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, and was held on Wednesday, February 22 at the Assembly Hall on the UWI, Mona Campus.

“The goal of this forum was to open dialogue with the students who are looking for options and searching for career paths.  They can look at Carlos and see how a company can start in a country and travel to other regions,” noted Chargee D’Affaires a.i. Embassy of Spain, Carmen Rives Ruiz-Tapiador. 
Matallana told the audience of his humble first job flipping “the greatest whoppers ever”, to pursuing his dream of being a pilot.
Attorney-at-Law Raymond Pryce, host of CVM at Sunrise chats with Carlos Matallana, General Manager of Global Exchange Jamaica and T&T, following the Pathways to Success seminar the first in the Series Conversations with Spain held on Wednesday, February 22 at the Assembly Hall at the UWI, Mona Campus. 
Having worked in the aviation industry from 2008 to 2013, he shifted towards an automotive sales career, opened his own entertainment business, Showlutions, and finally to be addressing the hall as the general manager for Global Exchange (in Jamaica and T&T), one of the world’s fastest-growing currency exchange platforms in the world.
Matallana used his journey to date to provide seven poignant guidelines for students to build the pathways to their own success.
“Your successful career has nothing to do with where you are born, or who you are; (2) it has a final destination, which creates paths to follow, not the other way round; (3) it gives you what you negotiate and decide, not necessarily what you deserve,” said Matallana.
ChargĂ©e D’Affaires a.i. Embassy of Spain, Carmen Rives Ruiz-Tapiador (right) chats with second year UWI Economics student Sha-Jay Williams (foreground) while (background L-R) Chene Redwood,  Lead Researcher, Caribbean Policy Research Institute; second year UWI Economics student Asha-Gaye Cowell; and Gerard Smith, Foreign Service Officer,  Ministry of Foreign Affairs looks on following the Pathways to Success Seminar, the first in the Series of Conversations with Spain, organized by the Embassy of Spain in Association with The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation, held on Wednesday, February 22 at the Assembly Hall on the UWI, Mona Campus.

He went on to outline that a successful career is also impacted by even the smallest choices; does not necessarily have to be linked to an industry, but to projects; might look like Alice In Wonderland, but, in fact, it is more like Game Of Thrones; and that education plus attitude equals success.
“Always remember aptitude adds and attitude multiplies,” Matallana stressed.
Pathways to Success: One Man’s Journey in Business was also done in partnership with The University of the West Indies’ Department of Economics and The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation. This event is the first in a series, titled “Conversations with Spain” and will include a panel discussion on tourism investments and a renewable energies workshop later this year. 

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