Third and fifth form students across Barbados have welcomed the Barbados Association of Guidance Counsellors (BAGC) annual national career showcase with great enthusiasm, saying it would help them to better make a career choice.
A number of the students told Barbados TODAY the initiative, which is in its 11th year, was critical when they were deciding on their career path, because it allowed them to hear directly from those involved in the various fields.
The two-day event, which officially started today at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, under the theme Embracing The Opportunity, will also give the approximately 5,000 students the opportunity to ask as many questions as they want of representatives of the 50 plus career choices on display, as well as get hands-on experience with some of them.
When a Barbados TODAY eam visited the location, the eager students from a number of the public and private secondary schools were going from booth to booth.
The careers on display ranged from various sectors and industries, including medical, law, communications, sports, education, hospitality, arts and sciences.
Some students said it was their first time knowing about a number of the career options.
Third form Queen’s College student Tyrese Caesar, 14, said it was his first career showcase and he welcomed the idea. From the time he was in primary school he had decided he wanted to be a surgeon, he said.
“The booth can help because it makes your decision more stable. It makes you know what you are working with, what field you will be going into,” he remarked.
Caesar said he would recommend that all students be exposed to a career showcase, as it was very educational.
Kionna Layne said she wanted to become a paediatrician because of her love for babies.
The Princess Margaret Secondary School fifth form student told Barbados TODAY the showcase would help her to know what she had to do in order to become a paediatrician and “how to do it properly”.
“It is educational,” said a shy Layne.
Shamika Carter, also a fifth form student of the Princess Margaret Secondary School, said she was interested in becoming a chef.
“The showcase tells me where to go in order to succeed,” said Carter.
She also recommended that more career showcases be held “so others can have the privilege to see”
the various career options available to them.
The booths were located in the Sagicor Building, Usain Bolt Sports Complex, the Medical Faculty, the Department of Social Sciences, as well as the Errol Barrow Centre For Creative Imagination.