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The National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) is a statutory body established to promote science, technology and higher education in
Trinidad and Tobago consistent with national development goals. Its new mission is to contribute to the development of a more diversified, knowledge-driven economy based on
the scientific knowledge and ingenuity of our people. NIHERST will achieve this by undertaking research to inform science policy; building capacity for scientific research and
technological advancement in priority areas; supporting education and training in science and technology; fostering a national ethos of science, creativity and innovation; and estab-
lishing collaborative relationships with institutions of excellence worldwide.
RECORDS MANAGER (Three year contract)
Job Summary: The Records Manager is responsible for conducting needs
assessments, and developing, implementing and maintaining the Institute's
information and document management systems according to specified
standards and requirements. This senior officer develops policy to ensure that
there is maximum access to institutional information and documentation.
Job Summary: The Records Assistant provides support for the records man-
agement activities and contributes to ongoing development and implementa-
tion of improved systems and processes. The officer will assist in gathering,
processing, indexing and maintenance of records and official documents and
will provide guidance on information and document storage and retrieval. The
Records Assistant will also provide administrative support, preparing reports
and assisting with research to inform departmental decisions and strategies.
Required qualifications and competencies:
Manage ment with courses in records management, certification or train-
ing in records management or information management and at least five
(5) years experience in records management including supervisory expe-
rience OR equivalent combination of qualifications and experience
familiarity with information systems and archives
Required qualifications and competencies:
three subjects (both units) OR pursuing a degree in Information
keeping OR equivalent combination of qualifications and experience
ing judgment and discretion
suite of software
RECORDS ASSISTANT (Three year contract)
Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 10th June, 2014
Applications should be sent to:
Senior Human Resource Officer
77 Eastern Main Road
OR via email:
Subject: Records Manager Vacancy
Subject: Records Assistant Vacancy
Check website for details: www.niherst.gov.tt
Fear, in all its forms, is the single
biggest factor standing between where
you are and reaching your dreams.
In my work with career reinvention
clients, I have noticed that more often
than not, fear of changing careers or
fear of change at all rears its head early
on in the process. Some of the more
common fears I have heard explicitly
and felt intuitively are:
• Fear of the unknown
• Fear of failure
• Fear of success
• Fear of what others might think
• Fear of not complying with other peo-
• Fear of making a bad career change
Here are some tips to help you over-
come your fears and to help you move
to the next stage in your career and life.
Assess the Risk and Break It Down:
Think of a risk you would like to take
in this career reinvention, and then ask
yourself these questions:
• What would you gain from taking it?
• What's frightening about it?
• What's the worst thing that could
happen if it turned out badly?
• If the worst happened, what would
• What could you do to minimize this?
• What information would make this
If you broke the risk into small steps,
what would be the first step? When
could you take it? Do this for each step.
Fear Is a Normal Part of the Rein-
Understand that fear is normal and
acceptable as you go through this
process. You are not alone, as most career
changers feel afraid at some point in the
process. But, recognize when your fear
turns to self-doubt, inactivity, and paral-
Examine Your Fears:
• What exactly are you afraid of in the
• Have a good look at this, and decide
if your fear is realistic or irrational.
• Remember that most of the things
you fear won't actually happen.
Reframe your fear by thinking:
What is the worse that could hap-
If your fears really came to pass, what
would you do?
Would you survive?
You might find that your worst
fears are not really as bad as you
Take Small Steps:
This is a great approach for a fear
that seems overwhelming. Your ini-
tial reaction to a fear might be to
avoid what it is you are afraid of
(public speaking, hating a new field).
I have found with clients that if you
can break what you are afraid of
into small steps, it helps avoid the
paralysis and gets you moving.
• Identify your fear and then think
about some smaller steps you could
take to build your confidence, get
more information, feel motivated,
and move into your comfort zone.
Does Failure Have to Be Negative?
• Many clients get blocked in "fear"
during the reinvention process
because they are afraid of failure or
rejection. I help these clients under-
stand and reframe failure.
• Failing at something, or not having
a new career work out, doesn't need
to be a bad thing. Instead, a poten-
tial failure can be an opportunity
to gather more information about
what you like or don't like so you
can learn from it and make better
decisions in the future.
• Think of failure simply as feedback
on what you need to improve. Listen
to the advice failure gives you, and
you will improve. And success will
Embrace Your Fear:
Many of my clients are not aware
that they are afraid as they go
through the reinvention process. I
try to get them to recognize the
fear, feel it, and embrace it. Just
observe the feeling in your mind
and body without labelling or judg-
ing it. If you let it in and embrace
it, oftentimes it will lessen in inten-
Live in the Present:
Keep yourself in present time.
Don't let your thoughts and emo-
tions run away to the future or the
past. Being in the present means
not dwelling and obsessing on what
has gone wrong and what could go
wrong. This runaway thinking will
only heighten your fear to the point
that you might feel unable to do
anything. Instead, make your plans,
and move forward one baby step at
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