Scores of undergraduate students from the Mona School of Business and Management, the Department of Economics and other faculties across the University of the West Indies took part in a ‘Reasoning Series’ with CEOs, hosted by the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) on Thursday March 28, 2019. The aim of the initiative was to get insight into the experience and vision of CEOs to forge success in an increasingly competitive work environment.
Guest speaker at the event, Yaneek Page, founder of Future Services International and Programme Lead, Market Entry, USA noted that in a global market, technology had a major role to play in the development of businesses.
“In this information age it is sad to say that there is severe abuse of technology, especially among young people. Instead of the ‘selfie’ culture that has been cultivated, social media can be used as a platform to generate actual income,” she said, relating an example of a couple who had successfully utilised digital platforms to pursue their passion and earn an income.
However, she said Jamaica is lagging in the areas of soft skills, research and social capital.
“Even though, as an island, we collect some of the best data, it is incredible to note that we are not leveraging the information that is available to us and many persons looking to start businesses have no grasp of data and those who do are not willing to share,” she said.
James Moss-Solomon, Executive in Residence, MSBM stated that the ‘Reasoning Series’, hosted each semester, is one of the institution’s initiatives to give students a sense of what life is like in the real world and beyond the academic walls. He concurred with the guest speaker that mobile devices could be very destructive and distracting, However, if constructively utilised, they have the potential to not only make money and influence opinion, but make a positive impact on society and the economy.
Dr. David McBean, Executive Director, MSBM, noted that the institution hoped the series would help to compliment the academic knowledge being imparted with real life knowledge and experience.
“At MSBM, we believe in a healthy balance of academics and practical experience as it is important that students get connected to the real world so when they leave university, they are able to connect the dots between what they have learnt in the classroom and what is required in the corporate/ business environment,” he said.
MSBM’s ‘Reasoning Series’ with CEOs allows students to interact with CEOs from various industries, thereby providing them with the necessary exposure that will assist them in becoming well rounded graduates.