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If you ever went to Rumland, any Tribe
carnival fete or One Fete, then you have
been entertained by their work.
Krista Clarke, Kendall Latchman, Renee
Pouchet and Solange Shaw-Gopaul, are
young entrepreneurs who together make
up the Ultimate Events team. Since their
formation, they have gained a sterling rep-
utation for exciting concepts and superior
executions in the event world.
The company started out of numerous
requests made to Tribe to manage and ex-
ecute events. The minds behind the mega
brand decided to diversify into the indus-
try, however, recognising the need to bring
an edge to the business, the owners of the
company chose to invest in these young
men and women.
Even with Tribe's backing the group still
has challenges however. "They call be-
cause they know we are good," Krista, the
events manager said. "But when they see
this young team show up they often won-
der how we get things done with excel-
lence." The team ranges in ages from 27 to
31.What is interesting is how a group of
four can really pull off events such as Miss
Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2012 with
such tight concepts and execution.
"We work pretty much like one unit.
From conceptualisation to set up and lo-
gistics, we each make sure to draw on our
experiences to perfect the job," said
They also indicated that Tribe directors
Dwayne Nobrega and Gail Cabral of guide
them, Dwayne with logistics, Gail with de-
sign. Their input gives the group's work
even more precision and refinement.
I call them the "Mission Impossible"
crew; they take briefs from clients that
span government, corporate Trinidad and
Tobago, fetes and fashion, turning them
into blow mind experiences.
"Our portfolio speaks for itself, but what
gives us the edge is that we operate as a
family. We take each job big or small very
seriously from inception to finish and we
are all detail oriented people," said Renee,
who along with the others work as an
The Ultimate Events team is currently in
the process of diversifying their repertoire
into more signature experiences and
branding. An example of this was seen at
the recently held Monster Energy Summer
Jam where they fused music and culture
to elevate customers' experience beyond
the normal sampling functions to con-
sumer-oriented memories. We also have it
under good authority that there will be an-
other Monster mega event coming up
shortly for those of you who loved the
What does a finance major, economist, commerce major and communications expert all have in common? They all have a love of
events and have been shaping the way we do events in Trinidad and Tobago for close to three years.
If you think work experience is
just free labour and a lot of tea mak-
ing, you may be right in many in-
stances but that doesn't make it a
It can be an opportunity to try out
a career you're interested in, a way
of making contacts in your chosen
field, or -- if you get really lucky -- a
fast-track to your dream job. In a dif-
ficult job market, a good record of
work experience can decide whether
your CV shines or ends up in the bin.
So, if you're a student getting
your first taste of the world of work
or a student hoping to be in a better
position than their peers, work ex-
perience is very much worth having.
Ian M.S. Royer
• Decide where you'd like to work and
thoroughly research what they do. Do they
offer specific placements or is it up to you
to arrange one?
• Call to find out exactly who to contact.
Check how to spell their name, ask any
questions you might have and find out
what to expect if you did join them for a
• Email the correct person -- hopefully
you've already spoken to them -- a PDF
version of your CV with a concise covering
letter. Outline why you'd like work experi-
ence with them and what you hope to
• Follow up with a phone call seven days
later. Ask what they thought of your appli-
cation and, if they liked it try to arrange a
date to go in to meet them.
Make the most of it:
• Everyday tasks matter, so be sure you
know how to use
photocopiers/faxes/franking machines and
any other relevant equipment you might
have to use, without needing to ask for
help. You're there to make their jobs easier,
• Don't be afraid to ask for things to do.
Daydreaming will impress no one. Being
• Tireless enthusiasm helps too, so even
if your work flow is slow, come up with
ideas or research the competition. If all
else fails, make more tea.
• Be professional, punctual, dress appro-
priately and smile.
• At the end of your placement, try to
arrange an interview with your supervisor
to talk it through. Get feedback and ask
about any job opportunities or if there's a
chance to come back.
Stay in touch:
• If you left on a good note but there
were no available opportunities, drop your
supervisor an email a month or so later to
check if anything has come up.
• Keep them updated on any further ex-
perience you've gained -- you might spring
to mind when a full-time position does
arise in the future.
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