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Defining a Decade - Righting the Future
The University of Trinida
d and Tobago
UTT is an Agency of the
My friend Ellen always posts the best photos on
Facebook: her profile is filled with shots of Hawaii,
Florida, Yosemite, and other scenic spots she visits
in her role as a freelance travel writer. As I jokingly
- and enviously - tell her, "Not bad work if you can
While not every career boasts such glamorous
perks, a surprising number of jobs offer special
benefits and unique experiences that add extra
"oomph" to your official compensation package.
The dollar value of these benefits can be impressive,
particularly when you already spend a significant
percentage of your discretionary income as a consumer
of those services and products.
OPTIONS FOR CAREERS WITH BENEFITS
If the idea of a career that comes packaged with
extra benefits sounds intriguing, here are four examples
of industries that you might want to explore fur-
1. Crazy about travel?
Careers in the travel industry don't
always pay top dollar salaries, but the
perks are priceless. Employees of trav-
el-related companies - airlines, hotels,
travel agencies and cruise ships - enjoy
significant discounts that often extend
to affiliated service-providers within
the industry (i.e., an employee at a
hotel chain might enjoy special employ-
ee discounts for air travel).
In terms of freelance travel careers,
travel writers are given free meals, lodg-
ing and entertainment, speakers/enter-
tainers on cruise ships receive free (or
steeply discounted) trips, and tour
guides are thanked for their services
with free travel - all in addition to their
negotiated fee for services.
2. Love to learn?
Employees of colleges and universities
are frequently entitled to attend classes
at their home college for free or at a
significant savings (sometimes this ben-
efit also applies to "sister" colleges).
Equally appealing, this benefit may
extend to family members as well, a
valued perk at a time when paying for
college is a burden for many students.
Even if you choose not to enroll in
a degree program, you can take advan-
tage of a full calendar of educational
events on campus, including lectures,
book readings and special exhibits. On
larger campuses, you might also be
entitled to free use of the university
gym, museums and other appealing
3. Fan of fashion?
Clothing companies, design houses
and retailers want their employees
to purchase and wear their compa-
ny's clothing at work.
To encourage this practice, many
employers offer their staff significant
discounts on in-store purchases, and
in some cases, provide a seasonal
clothing allowance as well. In some
cases, employees are invited to special
trunk shows, sample sales and end-
of-the-season clearance events,
where they can purchase items at a
fraction of regular retail prices.
4. Crazy for sports?
If spending a day at a sporting
event is your idea of sheer bliss, con-
sider working for a company that is
connected to the sports industry.
Employment with a sports-related
venue (golf course, arena, etc.), media
company, professional association
or team, can provide you with cheap
and/or free tickets to major sporting
Don't think you need to be an ath-
lete to get hired within this industry;
there are job openings in sales, public
relations, management, human
resources, finance and accounting
Another option is to work for a
company that sponsors sporting
events (i.e., credit card companies
or big banks) in order to gain access
to special ticket and event oppor-
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