Sunday 22 September, 2019

Dream Big Expo and Conference aims to open doors to career paths

From left: Simon Baptiste, CEO Question Mark Entertainment, Nichol Narwani Daniel, Director Dream Big Foundation, Marsha Caballero, VP Corporate Communications, TSTT and Carolyn Pasea Pogson, MD, Question Mark Entertainment.

From left: Simon Baptiste, CEO Question Mark Entertainment, Nichol Narwani Daniel, Director Dream Big Foundation, Marsha Caballero, VP Corporate Communications, TSTT and Carolyn Pasea Pogson, MD, Question Mark Entertainment.

Since its inception, the Dream Big Foundation has created opportunities for creatives to mentor and learn with some of the best in the business abroad.

Now, the Foundation is expanding its reach with the Bmobile Dream Big Career Expo and Conference on May 3 and 4 designed to help young people find their career path.

Speaking at the launch of the event on Wednesday at Queen’s Park Oval, Simon Baptiste, Chief Executive Officer of Question Mark Entertainment, founders of the Dream Big Foundation, said the Career Expo and Conference won’t guarantee a dream job but it will be a conduit for those who dream big.

He said the conference is expected to draw over 3000 students from across Trinidad and Tobago while the Expo is expected to attract about 5000 people.

The event will be held at the Centre of Excellence in Macoya, which Baptiste said is the size needed to accommodate the audience they are hoping to attract and gives them a chance to move out of Port-of-Spain to capture attention in the East.

The Dream Big Expo and Conference is a spin-off of Decibel, the annual Entertainment Festival for teenagers. The Dream Big Expo and Conference will cater for a 16 to 35 demographic.

Baptiste said they always had plans to be more than an entertainment company and the Dream Big Foundation was created to engineer change.

Nicole Narwani Daniel, Dream Big Foundation Director, said through their school tours in which over 100 schools were visited, they got to learn about young people and realised many of them do not know what is there for them.

The event, she said, will expose attendees to a variety of careers and not just those in the entertainment field.

She revealed that some of the vendors at the Expo will be coming with the intention to recruit job seekers.

Baptiste said they are aiming to create an expo space that is energising and exciting and he urged vendors to find a fun way to demonstrate what they offer.

The Dream Big Expo and Conference is sponsored by Bmobile, the title sponsor, Republic Bank, One Caribbean Media, and LJ Williams Limited.

Entry to the Expo is $100 but students who pre-register on the Dream Big website by April 30 will receive free admittance.

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