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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Tuesday, April 26, 2016
The Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT)
is seeking to recruit an
to manage the day to day operations and overall administrative function of the Associa-
tion. The position will be located at the Professional Center in Port-of-Spain.
Some of the key duties include but are not limited to:
• Processing all incoming and outgoing correspondence on behalf of the Association.
• Responding to queries from members and external parties.
• Updating and maintaining membership database.
• Processing all revenues and payments for the Association and allocate revenues to the
• Perform monthly reconciliations of the Association's revenues, payments and bank state
Education and Skills
• Five (5) CXC CSEC passes, minimum grade 3
(e.g. AssociateDegree or BSc).
required to multi-task and work unsupervised to meet deadlines.
Working Knowledge of the following will be considered an asset: Accounting Procedures, Occupational
no later than April 30th 2016.
Unsuitable applications will not be acknowledged.
Many freelancers can locate jobs
online with relative ease. The report
states that "31% of freelancers said
they can find a gig online in less
than 24 hours." Millennials repre-
sent the highest percentage of free-
lancers at 38% for those under 35
and 32% for those over 35.
1. Flexibility in work content
Flexibility is huge for those peo-
ple who prefer the contracting life.
Though some roles will require
above average hours during a proj-
ect, the flexibility of when the work
is done is often left up to the worker
especially if he or she is working
virtually or remotely.
2. Working from home.
The concept of working in your
pajamas or outside on the deck is
made possible by the ever expand-
ing opportunities provided by tech-
nology. The appeal of this flexibility
can draw many people to jobs that
are less permanent than a previous
generation s concept of work.
3. Combining different con-
tracts to increase income.
Some contract workers balance
another job or a business with the
contract work, which gives them
flexibility to get that work done.
Many workers will work very hard
to reach their goals and create
financial freedom for themselves
or their families.
4. Avoiding organisational ten-
Without the office environment
for some contract workers, indi-
viduals feel less stress because they
only have to produce the work
needed without office politics con-
cerns or potential workplace inter-
5. Paying bills while searching
for a "real" job.
Sometimes, freelancing is the
best available option for someone
who is unemployed or re-entering
the job market, providing an oppor-
tunity to build skills and networks
while paying bills.
Other benefits certainly exist, as,
of course, do disadvantages.
Benefits for Employers
A contract can benefit an
employer in many different ways.
Project-based work with a begin-
ning and an end means employers
can hire highly skilled contractors
for a limited period. Many IT com-
panies will contract for project-
based skills or expertise that they
can t find locally; this enables them
to get the project done with top
Temporary high-volume needs
can be met without the need to
increase permanent staff. Insurance
companies will hire contractors to
manage high volumes of claims
with the intent of possibly retaining
some of the workforce permanently
for excellent performance.
The "temp-to-perm" situation
where the initial project is a try-
out for both sides. Does the free-
lancer like the organisation and
does the organisation feel the free-
lancer is a good fit for a "real" job?
Time and experience for both
determine the outcome.
Hospitals contract with traveling
nurses and Locum Tenens (tem-
porary) physicians to cover very
busy times: high maternity level,
illness outbreaks, or just high vol-
Whether you are a good fit for
contract work is a decision best
made after considering the options
and consequences. The increase of
freedom is balanced with uncer-
tainty in income. For some people
economic uncertainty is so difficult
that they need the security of a
"real" job. For those people who
understand the risk and can plan
ahead, the freelance world of work
offers endless opportunities for
personal fulfillment and work in
their own terms.
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