The working world may seem daunting at first glance, but once you are armed with the correct character traits and develop a passion for your chosen field, you will continue to be successful.
Human Resources Director for Flow, Stephanie Catling-Birmingham, shared this advice with students of the Ellerslie School at the opening of a Careers Showcase at the Black Rock institution on Wednesday.
Mrs Birmingham, herself an Ellerslie alumnus, told them, “The first thing you must consider is your ‘brand’; those inner traits that manifest themselves on the outside. What image do you project to those around you? What image do you want to project? Bear in mind that your values create your behaviour.”
She stated that the current trend in human resources management is to not just select people with the required academic qualifications or technical skills: “We also look for people with certain behaviours and character traits that will ensure the team’s success. Apart from the forms you fill out and the letters you write, companies also put candidates through a psychometric test, a series of assessments to determine whether they will be the ‘right fit’ for the organization. So when you apply for a job, whether it is temporary or permanent, always pay very close attention to the values of the organization and the behaviours expected of you.”
The HR specialist added, “Gaining knowledge is a verb and not a noun. As you make your journey towards your goals, always ask yourself, what must I do to work towards my chosen career? Beyond that, choose a field that you are passionate about, something that inspires you to get up every day with the enthusiasm to give it your best.”
Meanwhile, Principal of the school Lieutenant Colonel Errol Brathwaite, told the younger students gathered at the official opening, “We cannot showcase every available career here, but I would suggest you visit each booth and engage in discussions relative to how you can achieve in the field in which you have an interest. Also remember, everything begins with a dream, and through hard work and commitment you can fulfil those dreams.”
A wide range of organisations and companies took part in the Careers Showcase, many of whose booths featured former Ellerslie students. They included the Royal Barbados Police Force, the Barbados Fire Service, the Barbados Postal Service, the Barbados Defence Force, Two Sons Funeral Home, as well as artists, barbers and cosmetologists.