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Standards, including labelling, that relate to goods produced or used in
Trinidad and Tobago according to the Standards Act of 1997. These as
well as other National Voluntary Standards geared to promoting public
and industrial welfare, health and safety are available at the Trinidad
and Tobago Bureau of Standards' office in Macoya.
The new web-based TTBizLink environment has enabled the Trinidad
and Tobago Bureau of Standards to be more efficient and effective in
carrying out its mandate and among other things, has reduced the
devices) items entering the country without being subject to the
requirements of applicable conformity assessment.
The list with applicable commodity codes is available for your review on
the TTBizLink website.
For further information you may also contact us at the
following telephone nos:
662-7628; 662-6216; 662-4481/1
The vast majority of people expe-
rience at least 3 career changes dur-
ing their working lives, and the
pace may be picking up in the 21st
century. Some career changes are
voluntary, and some are involun-
tary. Both work for you, if you take
the right approach and have the
right mind set.
So, if you haven't already been
through a career change yet, you
probably will be in the future. The
most successful career changes are
usually the result of a thoughtful,
methodical process, and we'll help
you step through that process here.
Career vs. Job
A "career" is your profession, and
it hopefully has a "career path" of
jobs with increasing responsibility
A career change is typically more
significant than a job change.
Hopefully, a career change leads to
more meaningful and personally
rewarding work for you. Although it
may not always bring a greater
salary, at least intially, it should
bring greater satisfaction - so that
Monday when you head back to
work isn't the worst day of the week
as it is for so many (the day that
people in the USA typically have a
heart attack, too).
A "job" is what you do every day.
"career" - it is "just a job." It pays
the bills but it doesn't do much more
For those of us who are incredibly
lucky or who have paid attention to
their own priorities and interests, a
job is part of a career. Typically, we
don't think of it as a job, when it is
something we love to do. It is "my
work" or "what I do."
Career Change vs. Job Change
Hopefully, when we make a
voluntary or involuntary job change,
we take the time to make sure the
new job fits into our career path. If
we don't, chances are good that we'll
be in another job search sooner than
we need to be because the job isn't a
good fit. Which means we won't
enjoy doing it, won't do it as well as
we could, and may not be good
enough at it to keep it for very long.
The best solution is to take the
time to think about what you "really
want to do when you grow up." If
not now, when?
Before You Invest in Additonal Education or
With most careers, you can migrate into the
new field choosing your jobs and employers
carefully, Set your goal, make a plan, and then
implement your plan to change your career.
Many other careers may require that you invest
additional money in education or training to
meet the professional requirments of the career
or the entry-level jobs for that career.
You don't want to spend a great deal of time,
effort, and money on a degree or a program
which will not pay off for you when you have
graduated. Before you invest in a degree or
certification program, do some careful
Is the career projected to grow in demand
over the next 10 years?
• Is the median salary (the salary earned by
people with several years of experience in the
job) sufficient for your needs?
• What is the track record for the school?
• Is there any independent rating of the quality
of the school?
• How many of the graduates found jobs in the
• Does the school support an internship
program which allows students to gain
experience in the appropriate job?
• Does the school have a career center that
supports graduating students?
• Does the school have a career center that
supports alumni after they have graduated
(both new grads and alumni several years after
Do your best to choose a field that is growing
and, if additional education is required, choose a
school with a good rating, successful graduates,
and long-term career support for graduates.
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