The new initiative, organized at the Washington Archibald High School was packaged as a Career Development Week and was spearheaded by the Guidance Counseling Department, and hosted from Monday 14th – Friday18th May 2012, as an effort to assist the students of the school in making the transition from academic life, to professional employment.
In an exclusive interview with Guidance Counselor, Nadia Rawlins, she told MiyVue.com that the programme was designed to target the second formers who will be in the process of choosing their core subjects shortly before going to 3rd form in September.
The week commenced with a parent teachers meeting, on Monday 14th May, when teachers of the various subjects made presentations on the opportunities that are available in that area.
On Tuesday Sarah Owen from the University of the West Indies spoke to the students on the theme ‘Expand your Horizons –Own your Future’; on Wednesday, Elston Braithwaite lectured the students during a general assembly and; on Thursday the school conducted a career assessment, to establish what area of work would be better suited to the students.
The week of events ended on Friday, 18th May, with the career fair, held at the school grounds. They invited various organizations to participate, representing various business entities and fields of employment.
Some of the organizations that participated were Coast Guard, Defense Force, Fire and Rescue, Ross University, Department of Agriculture, EMS Services and others.