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New university graduates are expected to change
jobs at least 15 times in their careers, often making
career changes. So, for the long term, smart people
look ahead carefully, and don t just jump at the first
opportunity. For your next career change, try these
1. Do some research to pick a good target.
Yes, I know this takes time! Think of the time as
an investment in your future!
Research usually pays off in a better outcome---more
career/job satisfaction for sure and possibly more money,
too. We didn t often do much research in the past
because it took so much time and effort. Now, the
Internet offers amazing resources for you, so take advan-
tage of those resources to really examine your options.
Read "What Colour Is Your Parachute?"---the classic
career book by Dick Bolles which he updates, himself,
every year. Very smart man. VERY helpful book! If you
aren t sure what you want to do, this book will help
you figure it out. Do all of the exercises in the book---
do NOT skip this step! You can do this in a couple
of afternoons, and it will pay off for you. You probably
don t know yourself as well as you think you do!
2. Make a plan.
Think of a logical "career path" to get you from point
A (where you are now) to Point B (your target). Perhaps you
can jump directly to your target job or, more likely, you ll
reach your target through one or two transitional jobs.
Consider what "next" jobs, on your career path,
could be leveraged from what you already know to
help you reach your targe---your skills and experience
plus the people (network!), products, services, players,
politics, companies, and other organisations you have
worked or interacted with and/or learned about.
• Teacher to corporate management: move to (a) a
school administration position, then from school
administration to (b) corporate administration, followed
by a move from corporate administration to (c) cor-
porate management. Career change in three steps.
• Sales to customer service: move to (a) a sales support
position and then from sales support to (b) customer
support/service. Career change in two steps.
• Truck driver to fleet management: move to (a) a
position in fleet scheduling, etc. Career change in
one or two steps, depending on how high in fleet
management the target is.
• Law to marketing: move to (one) a position mar-
keting to attorneys, law firms, or the law commu-
nity, leveraging knowledge of the legal industry
and community. Career change in 1 step.
Your current, or your next, employer may have the
career path open to you, or you may need to change
employers more than once. Or you may decide you are
happy with the job you have after you make the first or
second step in your plan. But, at least you have a plan!
3. Implement your plan.
If your finances are stretched to the limit, you may
not be able to be as picky as you would like to be
about that next job. However, targeting your job
search to jobs on your planned career path will be
a big help and should, actually, help you land that
next job more quickly:
• Targeted networking
When you know what you want, you can describe
it so that people in your network can help you more
easily than if you just answered "a paycheck" when
they ask what you are looking for. And, you can focus
your attention on networking events and venues that
will do more than take up your time.
• Targeted resume
Highlighting your skills, experiences, and accom-
plishments that work for that next job without showing
that you are headed in a slightly different direction.
• Targeted social media
Your resume, LinkedIn Profile, and even Facebook
page are all "singing the same tune" so no one is
confused about what you want or how to help you.
The National Infrastructure Development Company Limited (NIDCO) is a Special Purpose State Enterprise
established by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to manage the delivery of assigned infrastructure
projects in drainage and flood control, reclamation, highway and transportation sectors. NIDCO is inviting
applications for the following position:
Summary of Functions
Responsible for maintaining accurate accounting records, preparing the accounting records for periodical
reviews, advising the Vice President Finance on matters pertaining to the planning and accomplishment of
the projects assigned to NIDCO, implementation and maintenance of the accounting systems and the date
therein, development and implementation of procedures and controls and the preparation of monthly
reports and financial statements.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Plans and administers accounting systems and advises on accounting matters.
Develops and implements financial and accounting systems for the organization to provide records of
assets, liabilities and financial transactions.
Advises on matters such as financial policies and investment portfolios.
Manages and effectively conducts all activities pertaining to cash disbursement, purchases, wages and
taxes and ensuring the maintenance of proper accounting records in respect of these transactions.
Monitors expenditure or credit issued on work in progress to ensure compliance with policies
and procedures and relevant Government regulations.
Plans, co-ordinates and conducts audits of records and procedures.
Conducts financial reconciliation activities into use of working capital and deviation from budgets.
Audits accounting and book-keeping records of the company.
Prepares and certifies financial reports and statements to management, Board of Directors or
shareholders of the organization.
Prepares budgets and forecasts.
Maintains all accounting controls and assess the risks associated with the company.
Educational, Qualification and Experience Requirements
Qualified Accountant having ACCA, CPA or CIMA
At least five (5) years practical experience in a computerized accounting environment and at least two
(2) years at a supervisory level.
Good understanding of financial services and accounting systems.
Competency in developing and implementing accounting strategy.
Proficiency and knowledge in the accounting software applications.
Computer literate in spreadsheet related applications and accounting software packages.
Sound knowledge of Trinidad & Tobago Taxation Laws and other statutory requirements (Corporate,
PAYE, NIS and Health Surcharge).
Good analytical skills.
THE HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
National Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd
No 3 Melbourne Street
Port of Spain
CLOSING DATE FOR RECEIPT
OF APPLICATIONS IS
AUGUST 17TH, 2015.
Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged.
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