Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Young Career Women inspire students of The Queen’s School

The students of The Queen’s School received sound career advice from dynamic female leaders in corporate Jamaica at its annual career day held on Friday, April 28.

Facilitated by The Queen’s School guidance department, the career day programme provides third form students with the opportunity to meet professionals from various career fields and participate in interactive presentations designed to provide them with insight and guidance in time for the selection of their CSEC subjects.

Dania Beckford (centre), entrepreneur and director of entertainment at the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports shares a photo-op with grade 9 students at the Young Career Women Day on April 28, 2017 at The Queen’s School. Along with the words of encouragement, the ladies received Hope Elliott Scholarship promotional cards and Sean Paul CDs.
This year guidance counselor, Shallimar Reynolds, hoped to not only step away from the traditional job areas but to also have strong representation of female presenters to empower the young ladies.

“Everyone is familiar with the subjects you need to practice law or become a doctor or an accountant,” stated Reynolds. “But what about fashion, engineering, music, marketing, communications? I truly want to expand the career possibilities for the young ladies in Queen’s School. I want them to see new avenues for them to be successful in life and to look at the breadth of subjects available with opened eyes and minds.”

“More importantly I want them to meet women who are owning their leadership positions and transforming industries to instill that confidence in them in hopes that one day they will do the same,” concluded Reynolds.

Beginning at 9 am and ending at 2 pm, students were able to choose from over 25 presentations to attend based on their interest in the presenter’s career field.

Catherine Goodall, marketing manager of beverages at LASCO Distributors speaks to grade nine students about her marketing career at the Young Career Women Day on April 28, 2017 at The Queen’s School

The Hope Elliott Memorial Scholarship programme collaborated with The Queen’s School to bring guest presenters, Catherine Goodall, Marketing Manager - Beverages at LASCO Distributors, Dania Beckford, CEO of Broadtail Designs and Director of Entertainment at the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports and Carlette DeLeon, media personality and Managing Director of Breakthrough Communications.

From Beckford, the students walked away with a changed mindset of looking at the core of the job versus the exterior aspects to ensure it truly suited them.

“The benefits of a job are always great but it is important to think about what the core job is before you choose it. Do not just look at the glitz and glamour. If the core job does not make you happy then maybe that job is not for you”, said Beckford.

The girls learned from Goodall the importance of qualifications for whichever career field that they choose and the tasks that are important to do her job.

Beyond the presentations the Queen’s students were also introduced to the Hope Elliott Memorial Scholarship and were able to see current awardee, Amelia Smith in action as she gave the vote of thanks for these three sessions.

The Hope Elliott Memorial Scholarship, executed by Breakthrough Communications, provides financial aid in the form of tuition, insurance, sports gears and lunch allowance to two students of The Queen’s School who have shown academic promise but do not have financial means. Also as a part of the scholarship programme recipients will also receive gift certificates from corporate sponsors, LASCO Distributors Ltd, receive media and social skills training, mentorship, internships, a professional photo shoot and a networking luncheon.

Hope Elliott
Hope Elliott was a past student of The Queen’s School. She spent more than 30 years as a public service veteran while maintaining a full-time career in the private sector. Through avenues such as the Kiwanis Club, the Anglican Church, education and research in media and communications, Elliott dedicated her life to help provide opportunities and a better life for others. She was also devoted to finding financial assistance for those who were unable to afford college 

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