bmobile & Question Mark Ent. to host one-of-a-kind Career Showcase
Port-of-Spain, Trinidad – May 2, 2019
Communication solutions provider, bmobile, has partnered with Question Mark Entertainment to host the Dream Big Expo – a career showcase that highlights non-conventional careers – at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya on Saturday 4th May.
Now in its pilot stage, the Dream Big Expo gets underway with an interactive Conference on Friday 3rd May for approximately 3,000 registered students from over 50 secondary schools. It will feature a cast of local, regional and international industry leaders, who will engage in panel discussions, presentations and Question and Answer segments in an attempt to share their knowledge and inspire the students to consider a range of fresh career options across diverse fields.
The following day, bmobile and Question Mark Entertainment will introduce a state-of-the-art Career showcase that will bring key stakeholders, international businesses and successful start-ups as well as corporate and academic institutions under one roof to help job-seekers, high school and college students make a decision about their future. Other elements include interactive booths, VR experiences and Mentorship Segments.
According to Chief Executive Officer at Question Mark Entertainment, Simon Baptiste, this two-day forum was designed to take a step away from traditional occupations and explore the revolutionary world of futuristic careers.
“We saw it fitting to educate young adults about varied careers that exist, and not necessarily focus on a standardised set of jobs. People can come and experience or learn from mentors or other practitioners, in a more fun and relaxing environment.”
Sharing similar sentiments was TSTT’s Senior Manager Corporate Communications, Marsha Caballero, who urged students to build a career in a field to which they are passionate about.
“At the bmobile Dream Big Expo, we are providing a platform for young people to come in, learn, network and connect. There are too many talented and extremely skilled individuals who never get the opportunity to reach their fullest potential career-wise. It is therefore important that we help introduce our future leaders to ideas and avenues that can help them discover their dream job. Through the bmobile Foundation, and Education as one of its key pillars, we recognise that it is critical to put measures in place that aid youngsters into becoming what they want to be. We decided to support a new type of showcase, not about companies, but about careers.”
During early April, three students Naizhj McLeod, Jada Pereira and Kareem Ali and a teacher (Mrs. Balroop) from the Waterloo Secondary School travelled to the set of ‘Bad Boys III’ to get first-hand experience on how movies are produced and how actors work, while on-set. The quartet won this exclusive trip after constructing the best three-dimensional installation art-piece that captured the essence of Trinidad and Tobago’s culture, courtesy the Dream Big Culture Sculpture Competition. They were also lucky enough to personally interact with ‘Bad Boys III’ lead act, Will Smith, and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, among other managers and producers of the mega-film.
“It’s not customary for someone to want to become an actor,” explained McLeod. “I was star-struck when I met Mr. Smith. However, his inspirational words of motivation were truly heart-warming and an eye-opener for me. Finding a career we are passionate about is crucial. We worked really hard on that presentation for the Sculpture Culture contest and we were rewarded in the end.”
Ali revealed that they put in many hours of work during the holiday period and also toiled tirelessly after school to ensure their master-piece was a success.
“The entire experience was really amazing,” he said. “Will Smith is one of my role models and to have a conversation with him was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. For our sculpture, we used many recyclable materials but ensured it was waterproof to withstand rain. This really was a life-changing experience for me.”
Acting, film making and production will be among some of the many careers that will be explored at this weekend’s bmobile Dream Big Expo. Those who were unable to register for the Conference on May 3, can catch the action via a live stream on the bmobile Facebook page. For more information on the event, visit letsalldreambig.org