Former Miss Jamaica World and now television personality and singer, Regina Beavers, will top off the entertainment package as guest performer at the end of The CHOICES Career & Education Expo slated for Tuesday June 7 at UTECH’s Alfred Sangster Auditorium. She will be backed by Danielle Gadishaw.
The day will begin at 9a.m. with formal opening and end at 5p.m. after a closing “CHOICES You’ve Got Talent Show” featuring fashions by Kaju School of Fashion Design.
A full day’s schedule is planned and will include motivational, inspirational and eye- opening information from exhibitors, a stage programme, talks and presentations for this 11th staging of this annual calendar event.
Also featured during the day will be a leadership training workshop themed “Goal Setting” presented by Brigette Levy of the Leadership Training Institute, information on the Vision 2030 plan, vocational skills demonstrations, skin care advice, a Career Key workshop to help people decide on the right career, a resume writing workshop, talks on networking and sexting and song and dance performances by the International Youth Fellowship.
The slate of exhibitors includes the private and public sector, universities, community colleges, HEART/NTA, the National Youth Service, the Ministries of Education and Health amongst others.
Organisers of the expo, CHOICES Career Advice, began operations in 1997 and has for nearly 15 years has maintained its promise to be the leading provider of specialised career and education information for Jamaican and Caribbean audiences.
According to General Manager, Angela deFreitas, “Every year we think of the next cohort of students coming up through the education system and schedule our year’s activities with them in mind. Our flagship publication, CHOICES Career & Education Magazine, has had over 50 issues in the period with relevant themes such as “Plan For Your Success”, “Find The Right Career For You”, “Exams & Beyond”, “Resume Writing & Other Job Hunting Basics”, “College Bound”, “Back to the Books” and many others. Practical advice, interviews and information on scholarships are included as a means of educating these young students and others in these areas. The expo is a way of also bringing this type of information to people.”
The company’s first CHOICES Career & Education EXPO was staged in 2001 and since then the company has staged such shows in Kingston, Mandeville and Montego Bay on a regular basis and also offered many seminars, workshops, talks and presentations to a wide variety of audiences not only in Jamaica but in other Caribbean islands also.
In 2003 The Career Key [Caribbean Edition] was added to the company’s portfolio under a licensing agreement from its owner in the USA. The Career Key is a professional self-assessment test which can be used with a variety of groups – secondary/high schools and college students as well as adults – in career counseling and career guidance programmes and workshops. The Career Key allows individuals to determine their personality type – realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising or conventional – and identify their most promising and satisfying career options. Today, The Career Key (Caribbean edition) is used by students in secondary schools in Jamaica and many Caribbean islands.
Other products by the company include The Graduate’s Guide to Making the Best Decisions for Career, Education & Life; Help your Child With Career Choice – A Guide For Parents; CHOICES Career Resource DVD Package (secondary and primary levels); the Get On Track For Exams & Beyond DVD; Children’s Career Choices and the CHOICES World of Work Colouring Book.