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WOW 2010

For Release Upon Receipt - January 20, 2010

St. Augustine

UWI launches World of Work (WOW 2010)

UWI students dive into business world


The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, in conjunction with Republic Bank Limited (RBL) and the UWI Alumni Association (T&T chapter), will host the annual World of Work programme (WOW 2010) at the UWI Sport and Physical Education Centre (SPEC) from February 4th to March 12th, 2010.


For the fourth consecutive year, the programme, which is designed to equip final year UWI students with the necessary tools for long-term success in the globalised work environment, is being fully sponsored by Republic Bank.

Registration runs from Wednesday 27th January to Wednesday 3rd February, 2010, at the following venues:

  • Faculty of Humanities and Education: Humanities Undercroft, School of Education-New Building
  • Faculty of Engineering: Undercroft
  • Faculty of Science & Agriculture: Frank Stockdale Lobby, Dudley Huggins Building
  • Faculty of Social Science: Undercroft
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences: Office of Medical Science Students Union

Students can also register at the Student Advisory Services office from 9 am to 5:30 pm.

Each component of the WOW 2010 programme is specifically intended to develop a targeted skill set. The Interview Preparation and Resume Writing Workshop will teach participants how to prepare competitive resumes for the global job market. The WOW Seminar will address issues of entrepreneurship; the Mock Interview session allows each student to practice their interview skills with real business professionals, while the Recruitment Fair will showcase companies and organisations from a variety of fields who will recruit students for either vacation or graduate employment. The Recruitment Fair will take place over two days with one day open to all returning students and the other restricted to final year, graduating students.


At the WOW Seminar, one of the most highly anticipated events on the WOW 2010 calendar, Mrs. Shantie Ramoutar, Branch Sales Manager, Republic Bank Limited (UWI Branch), will deliver a motivational address to the students.  Also in attendance at the WOW Seminar are Mrs. Giselle Laronde-West, immediate past President of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC), who will speak on ‘Dressing for Success’, and Mr. Derek Chin, Executive Chairman of Movie Towne, who will deliver his presentation on ‘The Entrepreneurial Mindset’. Closing remarks will be made by Mr. James Richardson, President of the UWI Alumni Association.


Since its inception over ten years ago, WOW has attracted an increasing number of participants. More than 1,300 final year students participated in WOW 2009, as compared with 850 in 2006. Many local, regional and international companies have participated in previous installations of this highly anticipated annual event. Over 50 companies and organisations from a wide variety of fields will once again be invited to recruit students for either vacation or graduate employment. Interested companies are asked to contact the Student Advisory Services, UWI.


For further information, contact Mr. Chandar Gupta Supersad, UWI Student Advisory Services at (868) 662 2002 Ext. 2360, or Ms. Sabrina Pierre 662-2002 Ext. 2325, or Ms. Isha Khan 662-2002 Ext. 4187, or Marva Belfast 662-2002 Ext. 2098.


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