BCCI lends support to youth development

From left: Business students Lamar Gibson (left) and Johnathan Alleyne look on as Executive Director of the BCCI Lisa Gale (second left) presents class teacher Angela Jackson with a copy of the BCCI’s business directory.

“The road to success is often faced with difficulty and failure. When this happens, don’t give up but humble yourselves and keep on trying.”

Business students at the Graydon Sealy Secondary School received this advice from Executive Director of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry Lisa Gale during a Personal Development Programme organised by Personal Development Management teacher Angela Jackson.

Drawing from her personal experience, the Executive Director shared how she experienced failure in her life at various intervals but persevered nevertheless. Instead of giving up when faced with failure, Gale urged the students to keep on trying and not to give up.

The students listened attentively as Gale shared about her journey and how she went on to get a job after leaving school and eventually gaining a bachelors and a masters degree.

“In business you may experience failure. It doesn’t mean that you aren’t any good. If any of you have ever baked a cake chances are that it wasn’t perfect the first time. The oven could have been too hot and needed adjusting,” she said.

Students were also told of the importance of developing a life plan and being punctual as these traits would prove beneficial to them. During the session, Gale also fielded questions from eager students about the Chamber’s work and its contribution to the business community.

The Graydon Sealy School (formerly the Garrison Secondary School) was adopted by the Chamber earlier this year as part of its efforts to become more involved in the community. The Personal Development Programme is endorsed by the BCCI’s Social Committee and is a part of its outreach thrust to equip students with business, presentation and leadership skills.

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