On my very last day working for GraceKennedy Limited, I had one of the most profound interactions I’ve ever had. It was a meeting with Mr. Curtis Sweeney, Counselling Psychologist for the Grace and Staff Community Development Foundation. The interaction lasted only about twenty minutes, but it was life-changing.
GraceKennedy: Providing Hope for the Inexperienced and Unemployed
I will never forget the struggle that I endured the first time I attempted to find a job. Recently graduating from a Master’s programme, I thought that job opportunities would have been endless. But, as I scanned the job posts, one after the other, one thing constantly stood out on each job description: “Five Years’ Experience Needed”. Here I was, qualified but with absolutely no work experience.
GraceKennedy: To The World!
The GraceKennedy brand is well-known in Jamaica. Founded 93 years ago, Jamaicans all over the island and indeed the world have come to love the company’s products due to its high quality and consistency as a brand. As a result, GraceKennedy has been able to successfully expand over the years in both its Food and Financial segments.
I sat there stunned. In absolute dismay. Here, sitting down in front of my very eyes, was a 15 year old student who had experienced an extraordinary amount of devastation. More than I had experienced in all of my 25 years of existence. At only 7 years old, her father was gunned down by a close family friend. Shortly after, her mother remarried.