Monday 9 December, 2019

Digicel engages talent at UWI career fair

Students fill out internship applications inside the Digicel booth during a recent career expo at UWI. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

Students fill out internship applications inside the Digicel booth during a recent career expo at UWI. (PHOTOS: Marlon Reid)

A number of University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona students are being given the opportunity to gain work experience with Digicel, following the communication leader's participation at the institution's recent career exposition.

According to Digicel's talent acquisition manager for the Jamaica market, Tashana Briscoe, the exposition saw a number of talented students filling out applications to join the company as interns in a variety of areas including marketing and engineering.

The applications were done online via tablets at Digicel's digitalised booth, said Briscoe, who noted that students were also given psychometric tests.

Digicel was among a number of companies that participated in the event. PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) won the award for best private sector booth while the best public sector booth award went to the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).

Meanwhile, Dr Ann-Marie Williams, student services and development manager for placement and career services at UWI, expressed disappointment at what she said was the relatively small number of companies that participated in this year's expo.

However, she expressed gratitude to the participating companies, which she said "showed a keen interest in serving the students; doing a lot of giveaways, sharing information and also interviewing students for positions that are available in their organisations."

The JCF was among the participating organisations that lauded the exposition for acquainting the public with their offerings.

Constable Leon Golding of the Community, Safety and Security Branch of the JCF said the organisation was elated after winning the public sector booth section and finishing overall runners up. According to Golding, the booth exposed the public to an aspect of the JCF that is not commonly seen.

Among the items showcased at the JCF booth were an armoured car and a boat. Members of the JCF's canine division also showcased different attributes of the department.

UWI career Fair 2019

Golding said, "what better career option is there apart from the JCF? The JCF has in its armoury several different career options. In the JCF, we have doctors, lawyers, electricians, masons, carpenters. What else is there for you to do but to join the JCF and then go after your career from there?

"We don't think a lot of persons know about this but that's why we embark on this campaign to be a part of a lot of these job fairs and expos to enlighten persons and let them know more about the JCF by inviting them into the JCF," he said.

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