Kingston, Jamaica (PRWEB) March 09, 2013
Chairman of the LASCO Affiliated Companies, established businessman and philanthropist, the Honourable Lascelles Chin, recently addressed students at his alma mater, the Wolmer’s Boys’ School Careers Day. The school hosted their Careers Day at the Mico Auditorium on March 8, to assist the Grade 9 students in making informed decisions about their career choices.
At this stage, students are on the verge of choosing the subjects that they will sit in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (CSEC) at the Grade 10 level, which will mirror their desired career path.
In furtherance of this objective, the Wolmer’s Boys’ School invited several professionals from different fields to attend the Careers Day event, set up booths and make presentations to the students based on their field of expertise.
In his address to the students, the Honourable Lascelles Chin charted his progress from his humble beginnings, with only one pair of shoes, making his own toys and going without lunch money, to becoming one of Jamaica’s most successful entrepreneurs. Mr. Chin armed the boys with valuable tools on achieving their own success in life by encouraging them to learn from their mistakes as well as those of others so as not to repeat them; to set realistic and attainable goals and to make full use of opportunities when they arise. He implored the students to gather all the information on the career path they wish to pursue, to always strive to be results oriented and instead of complaining about problems, to try to find solutions for them. He also encouraged them to do their best at all times and to work hard as nothing worth having in life comes easy.
Careers Day is a vital event in the life of Jamaican students because the proper guidance required is imparted and is especially relevant in the context of the current economic situation where not all careers are profitable.
The school’s Careers’ Day follows on the heels of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster Allen, urging the Jamaican youth to “develop solutions to the country’s various challenges.” Mr. Chin is a primary example of how to develop and successfully execute a “solution” to our current job and economic situation. He overcame several obstacles including poverty, to become the successful entrepreneur that he is today. The LASCO Group of Companies was his brainchild and 25 years later operates three companies; LASCO Manufacturing Limited (LML), which boasts one of the largest state of the art factories in the Caribbean, on which construction is expected to be completed this year; LASCO Distributors Limited and LASCO Financial Services Limited, which provide affordable products and services to the public as well as several hundred jobs.
Elias Fennell, a Grade 9 student at the Wolmer’s Boys School, in response to the Chairman’s message said “I was inspired by Mr. Chin’s humble beginnings as I can identify with his story and he has empowered me with knowledge about hard work and consistent studying to overcome any hurdle.”