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Now that the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) results are out and there is bound to be the usual excitement over those students who would have done exceptionally well as far as their results are concerned.

For many Dominican students these examinations are stepping stones as they try to discern the path along which they might want to travel as far as their careers are concerned. Many of these students are now getting the first hints on whether or not they should continue with dreams as they moved from one level of their formal education to another.

Having said that, we now have to wonder what might be in place, compliments of this country’s authorities, to properly assist these young people, whether they decide to further their education or to enter the work force early.

Government will certainly have to be very creative in get jobs for these young people once they have committed to joining the work force while the private sector would need to be a bit more willing to offer our youths a chance of making something of themselves. If this is not happening, then there will be too many people going around this country with nothing to do but getting into trouble with the law.

In any case, it will be government with the headaches to try and find rehabilitation programmes when work done upfront might have worked to the positive development of the young people. The private sector also has much to gain by assisting as it is their businesses that will bear the brunt of any assault of a people feeling that they have no where to go and no one to turn to.

So while we’re excited about the good news of excellent examination results, we are forced to ponder “what happens from here” and come up with very few answers.

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What would you do if one day your boss walks into your boss office and tells you that you’re being laid-off?

What would you do and say at this life-changing moment?

I will tell what to do – keep your mouth shut and keep your hand away from the pen.

TIME Online took a unusual approach, getting specific with how you should handle yourself in the moment if you’re laid off.

What if you burst into tears?

I think that’s completely normal and natural – but then again it would be damn funny to see some big men cry. 😀

Is there any point in writing down what’s been said to you?

Absolutely! In fact, even if what is being said to you seems inoffensive, if you take that document to an attorney who looks it over and knows what he’s looking for, there could be something buried in that document that can give you leverage for a more significant severance package or even a wrongful-termination suit. 😈

Who do your files belong to? Are you allowed to take them?

No! Your files are company property. If you have extra time, if they give you a couple of weeks to tidy up business, you can probably use your contact list, because those are relationships that you carry with you, a nd also let people know that you’re leaving.

Should you tell everyone in the office what happened, or should you leave quietly?

Personally, it depends upon the company. If you leave under mysterious circumstances, people might think you got fired or arrested! I’m always one for being open and letting people know what happened.

What do you tell your own kids? (For those of us who have kids at home)

Be honest with them at an age-appropriate level. Say good things about your company so that they don’t grow up thinking that employers are monsters – even though it’s true. 👿

FINALLY – What do you tell a prospective employer about your layoff? How honest can you be?

I think you can be completely honest. In fact, in this phase, if you’re not, the employer is probably going to wonder. Don’t lie. This is the era of the no-fault layoff – so hold your head up high player 😎

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If you’re like me, you’re maybe fed up with humanity, whether it’s from learning about what’s going on around the world, or what’s going on in our own backyard. For some reason there are always situations that leave us feeling as if people are simply incapable of behaving in a way that is coming from a place of understanding.

It seems as if people are only equipped to handle things in the worst possible way, over and over again. As a result, we find ourselves always lingering down that judgmental line about our own people.

It is perfectly natural to feel let down and ashamed when we see our people behaving in ways that are greedy, selfish, violent and insensible, but there are also ways to channel these disappointments without sinking to the level of ignorance. Once we can achieve that—and we may need to do it every day, as part of our daily self-care—we can begin to consider ways that we might help the situation in which our island finds itself.

As always, we should start with ourselves, utilizing our awareness of the failings of others to renew our own commitment to be more conscious human beings. We are all capable of the best and the worst that mankind has to offer, and remembering this keeps us in check, as well as allowing us to find compassion for others.

Whatever the case, the only thing we can do is pledge to serve the best, rather than the worst, of what mankind has to offer – both in the world, our island, and in ourselves.

What do you think? Share your opinion.

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