Male student gains work experience for International Men’s Day

Left to right: Customer Service Manager, Shawn Southwell, Deshawn Forbes and Country Manager, Glen Smith.

A 16 year old Princess Margaret student had the opportunity to gain great work experience as CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank observed International Men’s Day on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Deshawn Forbes, a 5th Form student at the Princess Margaret School shadowed Customer Services Manager, Shawn Southwell for the day and was able to experience the operations at both of the bank’s branches.

Southwell said that Deshawn had a full work day as he observed the inner workings of a bank and got a better understanding of the code of conduct and responsibility that comes with banking.

“It was very great for me to get this opportunity to share my work experience and knowledge with Deshawn.  And I am also happy that a Men’s Day has been recognised so that we can have activities like this one to help guide and mould our young men. I hope that this experience will help to guide him as he grows and decides on a carreer.”

Deshawn met Country Manager, Glen Smith and staff and was able to interact not only with them but also with the bank’s clients.

Speaking at the end of the work day, Deshawn said that while it was not his first on the job experience he enjoyed it. He said that the Princess Margaret School has an on the job exercise and last year a school group had visited Anguilla where he was attached to the Inland Revenue Department. He added that he learnt a lot about the world of work and banking.

He thanked the bank for the opportunity to be a part of its operations for a day.