More Barbadians are keen to work in the international business sector despite the challenges it was confronting.
This was evident as the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) staged its annual showcase of job opportunities in the sector.
The event, which was held at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, as part of International Business Week on Wednesday, attracted scores of students from secondary schools, the Barbados Community College, the university, as well as other residents seeking employment.
Among other things, the showcase was designed to increase awareness of career options available in the sector and how to successfully land employment.
BIBA’s marketing and communications officer Mialisa Fenty told Barbados TODAY she was pleased with the response, especially from secondary school students.
This, she said, was evidence of the significant interest in international business which has been a significant income generator for Barbados and a source of several high-paying jobs.
There were 24 companies on display this year at the Cave Hill Campus.
“We had our school symposium [on Tuesday] and we had about 370 students from secondary schools,” she said.
“The feedback so far is very good. The popularity of it is growing. We guess we are going to have to look for a bigger space next year,” she said.
The theme for this year’s week of events is Embracing the Opportunity.
Visitors to the showcase engaged in breakout sessions on resume writing and mastering the interview process. Participants were also encouraged to become volunteers for a range of services while some companies offered internship opportunities.
“Today is all about giving people more career options and not having them feel like they are in a box when they graduate,” said Fenty.
Some secondary school students told Barbados TODAY they were happy for the opportunity to learn more about job opportunities in the sector.
A number of those visiting the location described the day’s event as very informative, adding that they now had a better appreciation of the sector.
Combermere School student Destinee Welch, who is eyeing a career in pharmaceuticals or childcare, said after visiting the careers showcase she realised there were other options she could possibly pursue.
One woman who did not want to be identified said she was seeking a career change and decided to visit the showcase with her daughter.