Forty young aspiring professionals attended the highly anticipated First Citizens-sponsored “Young Professionals Programme: Succeeding at Work” seminar, which was hosted by The Cave Hill School of Business-UWI (CHSB -UWI). On October 11, 2014, the participants were engaged in an interactive six-hour long seminar, which was conceptualized to provide young professionals with the awareness, knowledge and guidance to effectively and efficiently function in the workplace.
Following the initial welcome and introduction, delivered by Camara Lee – Programme Coordinator, Strategic Business Services Unit, the participants were immersed in topics which were designed to enhance their professional behaviour, as well as their personal image. These topics included; Speaking and Writing for Business Purposes, Personal Mastery, Work Life Balance, Positive Work Ethic, Image Management, and Managing Your Brand on Social Media.
Communication is an important aspect of daily workplace interactions. This sentiment was discussed by Sanella Sanford – Human Resource Officer/Analyst, Massy (Barbados) Ltd, who reinforced the professional “do’s” and “don’ts” of effective communication - differentiating between addressing one’s colleagues and senior management. She also outlined the appropriate uses of formal and informal communication.
During his presentation, Unri Babb - Consultant Project Researcher, Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) discussed the importance of goal setting. He urged those in attendance to ensure that their objectives are SMART and aligned with both their personal and professional goals. He also encouraged them to set deadlines and continuously reassess their progress in achieving their goals.
During his session, Sheldon Browne - Brand Marketing Consultant, Efficient Consulting and Management (ECM) Inc, challenged the participants to recognize that the brand which they portray is a reflection of them. He reminded participants that the content on one’s social media is enduring and can affect how one is viewed professionally.
The facilitators imparted their knowledge and experience to their audience, while incorporating real-life scenarios which they encounter in the workplace. The combined impact of these skilful deliveries was evidently well received and appreciated by most of those in attendance. The participants have been equipped with skills which can immediately be applied within their respective work environment. This was implied in a statement made by Andre Barrow, one satisfied participant who declared, “This programme has provided me with tools which I can use to enhance my development in the business world. It was very informative and has left me with a lot of food for thought.”
The success of this comprehensive seminar also included presentations by Ms. Celia Collymore – Senior Human Resource Consultant, Artistik Flava Inc; Ms. Yvonne Hall – Assistant Vice President of Human Resources, Sagicor Life Inc and Ms. Siobhan Robinson-Morris – Human Resource Manager, B&B Distribution.