Dozen of business representatives met with hundreds of young people on Friday (27 February) at a Career, Education and Training Expo sponsored by the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce.
The event, held at UCCI, enabled young prospects to hear from potential employers as well as former interns now offering advice on landing permanent employment.
Alyssa Manderson works at the Ritz Carlton resort through their “Voyageur” programme and describes the internship experience as comprehensive because it “not only allows the intern to experience what they’re interested in, but it gives them an overall understanding of what the company does and what they have to offer as well,” she said.
Michael Parchment, a laboratory technologist for the Health Services Authority, gave the advice that students without perfect grades can still pursue science-related careers if they’re willing to work hard and show initiative through activities and other experiences. “Keep your grades up. Grades are important,” he said, “but they’re not the only thing.”
Jen Skinner, Senior Manager of Human Resources with Deloitte, is eager to meet new talent. “We’ve had a lot of interns who are now full-time employees and have worked their way up through the company,” she said.
Steven Andre, General Manager of the future Kimpton Seafire Resort, was also scouting out potential new talent. “These are people who are going to make or break our hotel,” he said. “These are people who will interact with our guests 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. We need to find the right people. We need to be here recruiting. It’s very competitive out there. We want the best, and you can’t just sit back and hope they’ll come to you.”<p?
Mr. Andre reported that the Kimpton Seafire construction is “phenomenal,” the the resort is in the hiring process for senior management. “And then this summer, we’ll start the heavy recruiting for the rest of the positions at the hotel, from the servers to the housekeepers to the engineers.”
The Kimpton Seafire is on pace to open during the first week of November with approximately 300 employees.