Scores of secondary school students got a deeper insight into various aspects of the international business sector during the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) Secondary School Symposium on Tuesday.
The aspiring students had the opportunity to engage professionals and find out more about some of the career choices available in within the sector.
Education Officer with the Ministry of Education Yvette Estwick said she was hoping that the Ministry of Education could forge an even closer relationship with BIBA and help fill any existing knowledge gaps as it relates to the international business sector.
“We know that there is a knowledge gap. Therefore, this partnership is even more valuable because we are looking to you to help us fill this gap,” said Estwick.
“Given the rapid emergence of digital technologies, partnerships such as yours better help to [prepare] students for higher education and arm them with the skills and knowledge they would need to be successful innovators and entrepreneurs,” said Estwick.
She said she was pleased that BIBA was helping to promote the subject areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics or STEAM, adding that those were areas the Ministry was currently focusing on.
The education officer urged the students to put their best foot forward as they embarked on further studies, pointing out that “much effort is being made to prepare you for jobs that have not yet been created”.
The symposium formed part of the BIBA 10th International Business week being held under the theme Charting A New Course.
During the event, sponsors shared personal experiences as they informed the attentive students of the various career options, salary scale, skills and qualifications needed to secure a job in some industries including technology and finance.
While giving students an overview of Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency technologies, Vice President of Special Projects at Bitt Inc. Stephen Phillips pointed out that technology was constantly being upgraded and would always require new skills and talents.
“This is a very interesting time. You can participate in these technologies that are going to change the way in which we conduct business and the way in which we think about trust,” he said.
He added that increasingly more people were warming up to the idea of using Bitcoins as opposed to just having an ordinary savings account with a banking institution.
This, said Phillips, was mainly due to the level of freedom and fewer fees and charges associated with transactions through the use of such technology, when compared to banking institutions. (MM)