Close to 2000 students in Barbados and St. Lucia will benefit from a series of workshops to be staged by CHOICES Career & Education Advice geared toward helping students to make wise career decisions.
The Barbadian and St. Lucian students will be drawn from 3rd and 5th forms in a total of eight schools over an 8-day period from October 29 – November 7. Third formers will be presented the workshop “Find The Right Career For You” while the 5th formers’ workshop will be entitled “Get on Track for Career, Education & Life”.
All participants will get the opportunity of doing The Career Key Test during their workshop, a test that is designed to help students determine their personality and unique skills and match these with suitable career paths.
Additionally, during the same period, a group of 20 counsellors participating in the Caribbean Youth Empowerment Project (CYEP), sponsored by The Centre for Adolescent Renewal and Education (C.A.R.E.) in St. Lucia, will be trained in the use and benefits of The Career Key and CHOICES in the career decision process to assist them in their a career guidance programme with young students.
According to CHOICES General Manager, Angela deFreitas, “This is another opportunity for us to assist youths in making the right choices by helping them to understand who they are, what are their unique skills, what is their personality type and finding the best occupation that matches these factors.”
The decision to take its programme to neighbouring Caribbean countries is not new as the programme has also been introduced in Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Dominica and Antigua in recent years with activities for both counsellors and students.
“Our decision to extend our programme regionally indicates our belief in the quality of our offering. Young people benefit greatly from the advice given which sets the stage and lays the foundation for their success. We have received positive feedback from students, teachers and parents alike on the effectiveness of the programme” said Mrs. deFreitas.
The CHOICES programme is based on the premise that all persons (especially those still in school) should be helped in determining the following three essential things:
1. What is their personality type and how they can ensure success in their career, education and life.
2. What are their essential (foundation) skills which will help them to be successful in the workplace or create success for themselves in life.
3. How to make good decisions for their career, education and life.
Founded in 1997, CHOICES Career & Education Advice gives specialised information to Caribbean students about decision-making for their career, education and life. This information is generally disseminated through the company’s publications and through the hosting of career expos, workshops and seminars.