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Schooled for success

career showcase introduces students to the wonder of work

by Kimberley Cummins

While at school you are expected to read, do exams and take courses that are from time to time you think are totally uninteresting.

Many of the students who are sometimes required to participate in these tasks do not have any idea why they are necessary. However, students at the Ellerslie Secondary School can now boast of their knowledge of why school is important after they attended a Career Showcase.

Yesterday old scholars set up booths in the school’s hall in Black Rock, St. Michael and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. students got the opportunity to visit, interact with the personnel and ask as many questions as they liked about any of the requirements pertaining to that particular field.

The initiative was well received by the students. The boys in particular lined the booth of the Barbados Defence Force apparently very interested in the array of guns on display. The Royal Barbados Police Force and the Barbados Fire Service were also popular stops for many who learnt of some of the equipment used to defuse a bomb.

The students were taught about broadcasting and were given the opportunity to compose photographs as well operate a professional video camera. Another booth provided some of the girls with hands-on experience in jewellery making and cosmetology.

Principal of the school, Major Errol Brathwaite, told Barbados TODAY the showcase was held as part of their 46 anniversary celebrations, which began on Sunday and continue until November 29.

“School is an educational institution but a lot of students do not understand why they are doing what they are doing… We find the showcase as the ideal opportunity to give students the chance to engage persons in particular fields, so that they, as the practitioners, can say to a child, ‘This is what we do and if you are interested in a career of this nature this is what you would have to focus on in your studies’.

“It also gives them an idea and some indication as to the wide variety of areas in education or the world of work that they can explore,” he added.

Other celebratory activities include the old scholar limes and an Ellerslie clean-up day on Saturday when past and present students are invited to help with the sprucing up. Celebrations will be capped next Thursday with Independence festivities.

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