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The Institute of Marine Affairs (IMA) is a multi-disciplinary research institution
incorporated by an Act of Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
The IMA is required to conduct research on the marine and related
environment of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean and to provide an
advisory service to the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
Applications are invited for the following position:
ACCOUNTS CLERK II
The successful candidate would be required to prepare payroll and perform
related duties. To reconcile bank balances and follow up on debtors.
Minimum Qualifications and Experience
• Formal Accounting training having completed CAT, ACCA Level 1 or F5-F8
Minimum of 3 years' working experience in an accounting position with
substantial working experience in payroll
Computer Literacy with a good working knowledge of Excel and Peachtree
Familiarity with NIS and PAYE regulations
Applications should include the names of three (3) referees
and should be submitted by 2013 April 05 to:
Personnel and Industrial Relations Officer
Institute of Marine Affairs
P.O. Box 3160
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WOULD NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED.
The Institute of Marine Affairs is an agency of the Ministry of the
Environment and Water Resources.
If you want to change roles or get
ahead in your career, it's important that
you know how to identify and pursue
opportunities that are a good match
for your interests, skills, and circum-
This takes time. You can think of the
process of finding opportunities as a
journey that will eventually lead you
to an exciting but unknown destination.
You need to be patient, and persist in
That said, work that you put in now
will pay off in the future. Not only will
you end up in a role that's right for
you, but you'll have a good understand-
ing of your options.
What's more, people will think of
you when new openings come up, and
you won't waste time pursuing the
You'll also have a better understand-
ing of where you need to build new
skills---and develop existing ones---to
be successful in your career.
1. Have the Right Mindset
Opportunities are all around you, all
of the time. So you need to be contin-
ually watching out for them.
Get into the habit of looking for pos-
sible opportunities every day. Keep a
notebook with you, or use a smartphone
app like Evernote to note down oppor-
tunities when you think of them.
Write down as many possible oppor-
tunities as you can -- you can trim your
list back to the most relevant oppor-
tunities later on.
2. Seek Opportunities
You also need to make an effort to
seek out "hidden" opportunities. These
are opportunities like job openings that
aren't advertised, and projects that you
can initiate because you have spotted
an unfulfilled need within your organ-
isation or industry.
Begin with your organisation. Keep
an eye on current internal or upcoming
vacancies, and on any plans for the
organisation to expand. Also, think
about how you could progress in the
organisation from your current position
- what paths are available to you?
You'll also want to network with
other people within your organisation,
and with people in your industry, to
keep on top of the latest news and
If any of your friends, colleagues, or
connections are working for a depart-
ment or organisation that you're inter-
ested in, ask if they'll make an intro-
duction to other influential people on
Make sure that you stay up-to-date
on your industry, so that you're aware
of relevant trends and new technologies
-- these often create new opportuni-
For instance, you can often find sta-
tistics and data for your industry in
trade journals or trade groups. Social
networking services like Twitter and
LinkedIn are also useful for identifying
trends and opportunities, and for net-
working with influential, well-informed
PEST Analysis is also useful for
uncovering opportunities. PEST is great
for exploring the Political, Environ-
mental, Socio-Cultural, and Techno-
logical factors that drive change. Using
this approach helps you brainstorm
potential opportunities in each of these
When you're looking for opportu-
nities, you can also ask questions like:
• Is there a labour shortage in your
organisation or industry? If so, in which
• Which parts of your organisation
or industry are growing? Are you inter-
ested in any of these areas?
• What new technologies are there?
How might these impact how you, your
organisation, or your industry works?
• Is there a need in your organisation
or industry that no one is filling?
• Are any of your customers, vendors,
or suppliers experiencing problems in
your organisation or industry? (Prob-
lems often point towards great oppor-
3. Identify Your Strengths and Weak-
As you seek out opportunities, you
need to understand what your strengths
and weaknesses are. This helps you
identify the opportunities that are most
relevant for you, and understand which
skills you need to work on.
To discover your strengths, consider
• What tasks or projects do you most
enjoy in your current role? Keep in
mind that these tasks probably rely on
• What do you do better than anyone
• What values do you believe in, that
you don't often see exhibited in oth-
• What resources do you have avail-
able that other people don't have?
• What influential people do you
have in your network who could help
• What do others see as your
strengths? (If you're not sure, ask them!)
• You can also use tools like the Your
Reflected Best Self technique and the
StrengthsFinder assessment to uncover
Next, look at your weaknesses. To
identify these, ask yourself these ques-
• What tasks do you often avoid,
because you don't feel confident doing
• What do other people see as your
weaknesses? (Again, ask them if you're
• Are you confident in your education
and skills training? Where are you
• Do you have personality traits that
hold you back in your career? (For
instance, do you have low self-confi-
dence, or do you procrastinate?)
Once you've identified your strengths
and weaknesses, think about whether
you could turn any of these into oppor-
tunities. You can do this by taking
advantage of your strengths, or by elim-
inating your weaknesses.
4. Identify other factors impor-
tant to you
It's also important to understand
factors that are important to you
in your life and career. This helps
you identify opportunities that will
be a good fit for you.
Start by using tools like Hol-
land's Codes, Schein's Career
Anchors, and the MPS Process to
discover the work that is best suit-
ed to you. Then use the PERMA
Model to understand what needs
to be in place for you to experience
happiness and well-being.
You'll also want to think of other
factors that are important when
choosing opportunities to pursue.
This will help you narrow your
choices down in the next step. Fac-
tors to consider might include:
• Fit with current lifestyle.
• Job security.
• Fit with overall career and life
• Future training/development
• The opportunity itself; does
it interest and excite you?
5. Narrow Your Choices
When you have a good under-
standing of your own strengths,
weaknesses, and interests, and of
the opportunities available to you,
it's time to use this information to
choose the best opportunities to
After all, if you spread your
efforts and attention too thinly,
you won't accomplish anything of
value. By focusing your energy on
just a few opportunities that really
match your interests and strengths,
you'll likely find a better fit.
First, spend some time thinking
about each opportunity. Consider
factors such as:
• What it involves, on a day-
to-day basis, and how it fits with
• The rewards associated with
• The knowledge, skills, apti-
tudes, and experience needed to
take full advantage of it.
• How likely you are to find it
• What career path the oppor-
tunity leads to.
• How easy it is to access the
• The risks associated with it.
6. Prepare, and take action
Once you've identified an
opportunity to aim for, you need
to prepare, and then take action!
An effective way to do this is to
incorporate the opportunity into
your personal goals. You can then
think through the steps that you
need to follow to take advantage
of the opportunity, and work
towards these on a daily basis.
Identifying career opportunities
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