Give back to country
By MELISSA DASSRATH Tuesday, January 29 2008
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A cross-section of final-year students at the WOW session...
THE FEATURE speaker at the UWI World of Work seminar, CEO of Electrical Industries Limited (EIL) Dave Ramkissoon, appealed to students not to contribute to the “brain drain” by taking their wealth of knowledge abroad.
“For Christ’s sake students, this is nonsense. This is the country that educated you. Now you must serve your country.”
Ramkissoon, CEO of one of the leading private sector companies in TT, provided UWI final year students, with an insight into the “Entrepreneurial Mindset.” He shared his experiences as a self- made Caribbean entrepreneur and quoted Packard’s Law which states: “No company can grow revenue consistently faster than its ability to get enough of the right people to implement growth and still becomes a great company.”
Ramkissoon spoke about developing leadership qualities referring to the phrase: “The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionable integrity. With out it no real success is possible.” He added, “In this world today, speed, superior quality, service, motivation and knowledge acquired and applied will matter most.”
On the issue of the steady decline of the Human Development Index (HDI). Ramkissoon said employers need to address how they can keep, motivate and empower their employees to be dedicated workers.
Other guest speakers at the function included the Marketing Manager of Republic Bank Ltd Wendy Bosse and the Human Resource Manager of the National Training Agency Brian Bissessar.
The annual UWI WOW programme, organised in conjunction with Republic Bank, is designed to equip graduating students with the necessary tools for long-term success in the work environment.
The WOW programme, which began last Thursday, will end on March 7.
The main events will cover resumé writing, professional etiquette, mock interviews and recruitment. WOW workshops are being held at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC).