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Once you have decided that you want to change
careers and you have identified what you want to
do, you may find that this reinvention could involve
a temporary cut in pay. This is a real concern and
you are right to be worried, but it does not mean
you have to give up hope-it is still possible to pursue
It might take awhile to acquire new skills and
come up to speed on a new job function and a new
industry. But in time, your salary can recover and
even surpass former compensation levels, especially
if you tie your passions to your work.
Some of the questions people ask include:
• How do you live and prepare for this investment
• What are some of the planned and hidden
• If I want to change careers in a year, what can
I do now to prepare?
Cash Flow Projections
1. Do your research:
Let's assume you already know the new career
or field you want to enter. First, you need to do
your homework and determine how much you can
realistically make in the first few years of your rein-
vention. There are a couple of ways to do this.
Talk to professionals already working in your
desired field, and get specific information on how
much you can expect to make moving into the field
and what the long-term prospects are for total
compensation, job security, and advancement.
2. Determine your training and professional
Before you can prepare your reinvention budget,
you should determine how much you are going to
need to invest for training and professional devel-
opment. Do your homework and ask a lot of ques-
Ask those in your target field how much they
spent on training and where they received it.
Research professional associations in your new field
and see how much they charge for training and
3. Professional association memberships:
Professional associations provide ideal networking
opportunities to ease your transition into a new
field, so be sure to include the membership costs
of joining one or two associations.
Also, be sure to include attendance at a profes-
sional conference, as this can be a great way to
network and build relationships with senior indi-
viduals in your new industry.
Are there any hidden technology costs that you
will need to make this transition? Will you need
a new computer or laptop at home?
If your career change involves starting a business,
The Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago is in the process of building its organizational capabilities to ensure an accountable court system
where timeliness and efficiency are key hallmarks. In this regard, the Judiciary is now seeking to recruit a suitably qualified individual
to fill the following contract position in the General Administration Unit.
VEHICLE OPERATIONS SUPERVISOR
The Vehicle Operations Supervisor reports to the Administrative Officer IV in charge of General Administration and is responsible for
the supervision of the operations of the Judiciary's transportation system. Work is performed with a degree of independence and requires
the exercise of authority, initiative,judgment and tact in dealing with the variety of challenges that may arise relating to the manage-
ment of staff and vehicle operations. Work may routinely require that the incumbent work outside of traditional office hours.
• Plans, directs and coordinates the Judiciary's transportation system.
• Supervises and performs first line Human Resources functions for the Driver/Couriers and Chauffeur/Messengers.
• Drafts policy directives on the use and safety of Judiciary vehicles.
• Liaises with staff to ensure that vehicles are used in accordance with the manufacturer's guidelines and in keeping with safety
policies for the transport of persons, court records, equipment, materials and supplies.
• Plans, directs and coordinates the operations, maintenance and repair programs for the Judiciary's vehicles.
• Makes regular inspections of vehicles to ensure that vehicles are clean, serviced and maintained effectively.
• Prepares short and long range plans for the Judiciary's transportation system including acquisition, routing and scheduling.
• Receives and processes vehicle accident and damage reports.
• Ensures compliance with Public Service Policy and the Law as it relates to Motor Vehicle Insurance,annual inspections and other requisites.
• Ensures that the Judiciary receives value for money in the execution of repairs by service/repair vendors.
• Considerable knowledge of the business practices applicable to the efficient and effective management of vehicle operations,
including system analysis, computer utilization, record keeping and report writing.
• Considerable knowledge of the Laws and Regulations pertinent to motor vehicle safety and Public Service Policy regarding vehicle use.
• Knowledge of the administrative and technical aspects of the management of vehicle operations.
• Good interpersonal and organizational skills.
• Ability to supervise the operations of a number of vehicles including buses, minibuses, panel vans, SUVs and cars to transport
Judges, jurors, staff, equipment, court records, materials and supplies.
• Ability to plan, organize, evaluate, train and supervise the activities of employees.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Judges, jurors, staff, the public and other stakeholders.
• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.
• Ability to multi-task.
• Ability to use ordinary maintenance tools and equipment needed to maintain safe, efficient and clean motor vehicles.
• Ability to lift and move objects of 40 pounds or more and to drive and work under adverse weather conditions.
• Ability to use computer equipment and office related software.
• Five (5) CXC or GCE passes including English Language and Mathematics.
• Certificate in Basic Level Auto Mechanics
• Certificate in Defensive Driving
• A Valid Driver's Permit to operate heavy and light weight vehicles.
• At least ten (10) years driving experience with no adverse endorsements and at least five years (5) years experience of successfully
administering the management and operations of a number of vehicles.
• A certificate in Occupational Safety and Health will be an asset.
• Accreditation letters will be required for Degrees outside of Trinidad and Tobago.
• Current office holders are required to submit applications for consideration of further employment.
• Terms and conditions of employment will be determined by the Chief Personnel Officer.
• Unsuitable Applications Will Not Be Acknowledged.
Position demands strong supervisory skills, ability to work effectively
under pressure, use good judgment and be able to accept responsibility.
Duties require clinical, laboratory and business office management skills
in a general practice. Must have expanded functions credentials.
Attractive salary and benefits.
Forward your resume to:
The Office Manager
#22 Bertrand Street
the impact of these purchases could be reduced if
they qualify as business expenses, so be sure to
familiarize yourself with related income tax laws
or consult with a good CPA.
5. Volunteer to get experience:
Is there a way to position yourself for your rein-
vention so you can be hired more quickly? Can you
volunteer or intern to gain valuable experience,
which will help you land your job sooner?
6. Have a backup plan:
If you have a backup plan or Plan B, you'll feel
much less anxious during the reinvention. Work
with your career coach to develop a time line for
your reinvention as well as a backup plan, and
match that up against the financial resources you
have available to fund the change. Is there sufficient
wiggle room? What will you do if the transition
takes longer than planned? How will you begin to
7. Monitor your numbers:
Develop a tracking mechanism for keeping an
eye on your goals and financial numbers. Know
what you are spending to reinvest in yourself, how
much you are making, and how much you are
spending. It is hard to ignore the facts
when they are in writing. One good way
to do this is to periodically go back and
compare your actual expenses to those
you estimated in the Cash Flow Work-
8. Think long term:
Before you make your career change
decision, be aware that a shift to lower
income can affect your other financial
goals, most notably retirement, in ways
that may not be obvious. For example,
if you haven't already built a solid income
history, your Social Security benefits
might be reduced. Further, if you are
less able to save for retirement, you could
find that you need to work longer. On
the other hand, you might be not only
willing, but happy, to keep working to
a ripe old age - as long as you're in your
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