The Dominica State College (DSC) launched its career week with a panel discussion held at the campus’ auditorium on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
One of the major activities of the week was the panel discussion dubbed ‘Preparing yourself for the Global Job Market,’ had to two panelists including Evadney Esprit and Alexander Paul Baron.
The activities are geared towards promoting the students sense of responsibility to contribution and making difference in society.
Development Officer in the Office of Student Affairs, Ellena Bowers, stated that the activities have been sculpted to assist the students in the realization of the importance of career development in their professional life and will help them prepare themselves for the global job market.
“With the world changing as fast as it is, industries rising, evolving and crashing, technology leading to more efficient and effective ways of doing everything, globalizations, and a whole new generation emerging and entering the workforce, how do we best ensure that young people are prepared for the workforce moving forward? Keep in mind that along with the jobs being phased out, countless more jobs don’t even exist yet,” she stated.
She noted that in order to create jobs for the students who are graduating, it is important to review a system that has become antiquated.
Bowers added that even more critical is to note that current models of education, career planning and job searching are not just in need of a remodeling, but a major shift in thoughts of training our emerging workforce and skills needed in order to be relevant and have a chance at being wildly successful is needed.
Meanwhile, Managing Accountant with Auto Trade, Evadney Esprit gave the students some tips for the working world.
“Being marketable to employers, your attitude is key. As potential employees, you have to brand yourself. Self-branding is important, because it is how you see yourself. See yourself being successful, regardless of the sector that you are in. successful people are not just executives, but they come from all sectors. You have to market yourself well, because you are always on an interview. Develop a good network with people can support you and give your good advice,” she stated.
She told the students that communication is very important in the work place and also be able to work with other people.
Career week will run from April 1th to April 21st and will be held under the theme ‘It’s Your Future! Step to It!’, and is aimed at assisting the students by helping them obtain information and exploring the evolving professional landscape, as well as providing them with tools and resources to enhance their eligibility for employment, progressive skills development and personal development.
Activities scheduled for the week include two panel discussions, workshops, career and job fair and a fashion show.