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providing a broad spectrum of high-quality, career-oriented programmes that span the
diploma-doctoral spectrum of Higher Education (H.E.) quali cations.
Applications are now open to join UTT in any one of the following positions:
Interested persons should visit www.u.tt/jobs for information on
quali cations, duties and responsibilitie
UTT Accredited by ACT
Deadline for applications: Thursday 29th May, 2014
Coordinator, Grants Programme
Grants and Proposals Writer
International A airs O cer
Defining a Decade - Righting the Future
The University of Trinida
d and Tobago
Senior Instructor - Health Sciences
International O ce and Grant Funding Unit
Health Sciences Unit
UTT is an Agency of the
1. What are you the "go-to" person
Think about the subjects, issues and
topics that people turn to you for in
order to gain your advice, input and
expert opinion. Are you the go-to person
for all things related to computers?
Cooking tips? How to lose ten pounds
successfully? Sports? The best way to
throw an elegant dinner party? Ponder
what those questions reflect about your
expertise, interests and abilities.
2. What can t you stop yourself from
We all have certain things that we love
to do and we may even do them without
giving it much thought.
I have a friend who is always rear-
ranging the furniture, even when every-
one else agrees the room already looks
beautiful. Not surprisingly, she also loves
to read home decorating magazines and
watch decorating shows on television.
What about you? What things do you
find yourself doing with little energy?
Do you always look for bargains? Do you
like to organize piles of paper or com-
pulisively make lists? Do you visually
critique other people's gardens when
you walk in the neighborhood?
Think about what these "effortless"
activities say about your innate interests,
quirky tendencies and natural inclina-
3. What language(s) do you like to
No, I don't mean "language" as in
English, Spanish or French, but rather,
language as in the topics that you like
to talk about all day. Do you prefer pol-
itics to party planning, dogs over design,
or sports more than science? If someone
were to tape your conversations and
analyze your speech patterns, which
words, phrases or topics would domi-
Chances are that you have many inter-
ests, but if you take the time to con-
sciously evaluate your conversations,
there are probably a few topics that you
gravitate towards on a regular basis.
4. How do you like to spend your
time on weekends?
Weekends represent "me" time: the
two days of the week when you get to
do what you want (okay, more or less).
Think about what your choice of leisure
activities reveal about your interests. Do
you love strolling around crafts fairs?
Playing lacrosse with your kids? Paint-
ing? Reading the Sunday paper cover-
to-cover? Taking long walks in nature?
How you choose to spend your free
time often reflect important information
about the activities that bring the most
joy to your life.
5. What did you love doing as a
In my work with clients, I always ask
them about their childhood interests
and hobbies. Think back to your early
years. Did you love riding horses? Were
you into snakes or bugs? Did you like
playing hairdresser or actress or doctor?
The activities we most enjoyed as chil-
dren provide clues to our innate talents;
more so than the way we spend our time
as "responsible" adults who strive to
satisfy societal expectations, often at
the risk of ignoring our inner desires.
Take a few minutes to jot down your answers to these questions and
then think about what your answers say about your interests, fascinations
and passions. Your responses might provide you with valuable information
that can be applied towards a meaningful career reinvention.
QUESTIONS to Help You Uncover Your Passion
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