University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus students are reporting a better appreciation for the international business sector following today’s career showcase by the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) at that learning institution.
Students who spoke to Barbados TODAY have indicated that they would welcome more of such activities throughout the year.
Regine Massiah, a second year accounting student said the International Business Week 2015 Career Showcase was beneficial and she would like to see it more often.
“It was very informative. The people are opened to answering any questions you have. So it is a good idea because as undergraduates most of us really don’t get the perspective of what it is like transitioning from being a student to actually being in the workforce. There is a gap in between there so I think it is good that they kind of humanize the whole process,” she said.
Dwight Browne, a second year management and finance student said he was particularly interested in the insurance industry, adding that after visiting the booths he would be making efforts to get in the international business sector.
“I appreciate it much more because they show me different areas that I could look into. For instance, with the insurance section of it they say they have the offshore companies and local companies which would be able to find jobs for people at UWI, for example. So it was a good experience.
“I would like to see more. In fact, I was just talking to one of my friends there saying hopefully there [will be] more coming soon. It is very educational, so I appreciate it,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chantal Hurdle, a first year accounting student said she saw the showcase as “a good opportunity” for the UWI students. She said after visiting the booths and speaking with officials, she was interested in pursuing a career in the international business sector.
“It is a lot of information. It is going to help a lot to narrow down which field I really want to go into,” said Hurdle.
“I would like to see it more often.”
The showcase, which is in its seventh year, is designed primarily to provide the university students with information on career choices available within the international business sector, while allowing them to interact directly with officials of the sector.
Chairperson of the education committee of BIBA Carolyn Attong told Barbados TODAY she was pleased with the response to the five-hour showcase.
“We are introducing them to the professions and we are also having break-out session to prepare them for the working world. So it is a complete package, but it has been good so far,” she said.