Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Embassy of Spain initiates career and business forum,The Global Exchange Story

Carlos Matallana, General Manager of Global Exchange Jamaica
and Trinidad and Tobago
The Embassy of Spain in Jamaica in partnership with the Caribbean Policy Research Institute, The University of the West Indies’ Department of Economics and The Spanish-Jamaican Foundation are delighted to welcome students to a career development forum with the General Manager of Global Exchange for Jamaica and T&T, Mr. Carlos Matallana on Wednesday, February 22, in the UWI Mona Assembly Hall at 9am.
This event is the first in a series, co-curated by the Embassy of Spain and the Caribbean Policy Research Institute, titled “Conversations with Spain.” The series will be completed with a panel discussion on tourism investments and a renewable energies workshop, later this year. 
Many who have achieved their goals will know that the road to success is often paved with many failures, setbacks, and doubts, which are all an integral part of the growth process. This is the basis on which we are targeting students of the University of the West Indies (Mona), and other post-secondary institutions. This discussion aims to stress the value, for a target population in its twenties, of self-exploration, from the perspective of someone who started off with a dream of being a pilot, pursued it (working in the aviation industry from 2008 to 2013), shifted towards an automotive sales career, to finally be addressing the room as the General Manager (Jamaica and T&T) for one of the world’s fastest-growing, most successful currency exchange platforms in the world. Two lucky participants will be selected to accompany Mr. Matallana back to Global Exchange’s Montego Bay offices, where they will shadow him throughout the course of a day. 
 The Department of Economics of the UWI Mona and the Embassy of Spain both anticipate that this occasion will prompt a frank conversation between University students and Mr. Matallana, which will inspire them to explore the breadth of their potential. It is hoped that through the engagement the students will feel free to express concerns they experience as they pave their own way to success.


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