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Acting responsibly, practising self-management and control, in many cases, can be the difference between positive or negative outcomes. This is an important fact in these times.

How each individual acts now, in the midst of Covid 19, will be the difference between successfully getting through this or being economically and personally decimated as a consequence. Several deaths have already occurred in the Caribbean. We must now stop this virus here, in its tracks. If community spread begins, the consequence of poor self-management and control could flatten our healthcare systems and our Caribbean economies in a flash. None of our Caribbean countries can manage an overload on its healthcare system and no country can manage economic decline.

We do, however, have control. We can beat Covid 19. But first we have to be serious; no pussyfooting and tiptoeing around as if this is a joke.  It is not a joke.

We are human beings but cannot put our individual human feelings ahead of the national and global good. This is not the time for that. This is the time for local and universal solidarity, the sharing of vital information, technology and resources.

Let’s not complain or use this as a political football. We’re all in the same boat.

Individual human rights cannot take priority over human safety and health. This may sound autocratic but it’s necessary. This is not about the individual.

So, let us all do what we need to do.

  • Follow the recommendations by our ministries of health.
  • Act as if you have the virus. Stay away from other people. Self isolate. It’s not forever; just for a short while.
  • Work from home. W
  • Be our brother’s keeper. Shop for your elderly neighbors, family and friends at a time when least people are there.
  • Get a mask and wear it in public- even if you feel silly.
  • Maintain sanitizing protocols.
  • If symptoms occur call the relevant numbers and follow instructions for what to do. Do not report to a clinic, hospital, doctor’s office or other public facility. This is very important so that you do not spread infection. Call the numbers. Do as Instructed.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle; exercise at home and eat as well as possible.
  • Be productive and maintain brain and emotional well-being.
  • Most importantly, do not panic.

We have two examples in front of us. One positive in its strategy and results – China.  The other is Italy with its increasing negative results which we do not want replicated in the Caribbean.

We can decide what our fate will be.

Angela deFreitas

CHOICES Career & Education Advice


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The new, updated Career Key (Caribbean edition) paper and pen version is now available. It now has 28 full-colour pages and includes sections on Matching Personality to Work Environment, Your Career & Life Success Portfolio, Some Winning Strategies and listings of Caribbean educational institutions.
This psychometric test has been widely used throughout the Caribbean for over 15 years and has been found to be most reliable in helping people to know their personality and choosing a suitable career in which they will be happy and successful.
Email CHOICES at – – for more information on our packages for students, parents, counsellors and teachers.
The Career Key Test is also available online – CLICK HERE

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Subject choice day for the grade 9 students of Wolmer’s High School for Girls in Kingston, Jamaica, was eagerly anticipated by them. The regular timetable of classes was abandoned and replaced instead by a day of information sessions, workshops and presentations as they reflected and contemplated on how to begin to position themselves for success in their future education, career and life.

Above and below – Students of Wolmers’ High School for Girls have fun while doing The Career Key Test and having one-on-one sessions with presenter, Angela deFreitas

The over 200 students were informed through presentations by their peers in higher grades, their teachers, parents and persons in the working world, all with the objective of assisting them in making the right choices.

The task of the day was put into context with a workshop by CHOICES Career & Education Advice during which students did the Career Key Test to help them in knowing their personality – realistic, investigative, artistic, social, enterprising or conventional – and in which they also received a CHOICES Magazine themed “Your CXC’s” to help them in matching subjects with careers and to learn more about tertiary institutions and the programmes offered there.




Schools across the Caribbean including many in Jamaica, Barbados, Dominica, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Antigua and St. Lucia are including the CHOICES Career Awareness Programme for their students.
The students in these schools are also amongst the first to experience the new animated CHOICES presentation on “Choosing The Right Career; Matching Skills & Subjects” during which they do The Career Key Test and receive CHOICES Magazines. Continue reading “ANIMATED CAREER PRESENTATIONS FOR CARIBBEAN STUDENTS”