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Do a good job, and you can collect the
proverbial gold watch at retirement after
you put in your 25 years, or
whatever. Not too long ago, people rea-
sonably expected their jobs to be per-
Sudden Job Loss
However, in case you haven't noticed,
times have changed. A lot. These days,
nobody holds on to the same role forever.
All of our positions are somewhat tem-
Sometimes, the change happens sooner
than we would like, and we're stunned
by the suddenness of the change. The
reality is that we should not be too sur-
prised. In fact, in the grand scheme of
things, we should expect it.
It helps if we keep in mind that life isn't
fair and neither are employers.
Truth - Employees seem to be viewed as
"resources" to be added or subtracted as
business needs dictate.
Truth - Sometimes, even if we do every-
thing "right," we can still lose our jobs:
• New bosses want to bring in their own
• Old bosses want to shake up the office
so they let some people go.
• Projects end or are completed, but no
new projects are available yet.
• The employer's products or services are
replaced in the market with something
else, done by a different employer.
• The department/group/job is "off-
shored" or "out-sourced" or is just no
longer needed for some reason.
• Headcount must be reduced.
• The economy tanks
The National Energy Skills Center (NESC) is a leading national provider of skills training. The NESC, incorporated in 1997, is an
established partnership between Industry and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to provide high quality training to meet the
growing needs of industry.
The National Energy Skills Center is resourcing its various training and support functions to allow for a more effective
and efficient delivery of an expanding range of skills training programmes and competency development initiatives. In
order to meet its immediate requirements, as well as develop a database of persons who may be considered for future
opportunities, applications are hereby invited from interested persons for the following positions:
MANAGER -- PLIAP
QUALITY ASSURANCE OFFICER -- PLIAP
The PLIAP Manager is responsible for the operational management of the Point Lisas industrial Apprenticeship Programme. He/she
will recommend and implement processes and procedures to ensure compliance with the decisions of the Steering Committee. The
incumbent will promote and develop a strong training/apprenticeship culture oriented towards continuous improvement of the
processes to ensure the development of skilled and competent persons at the Craft (Tradesman) Level.
The Quality Assurance O cer PLIAP would be responsible for assisting in the maintenance of the organization's Point Lisas Industrial
Apprenticeship Programme including the process mapping of the PLIAP's processes as it relates to the ISO system. The preferred
candidate must have a strong background in Auditing with working experience in maintaining a Quality Management System.
He/She would be required to support the Quality Assurance Department as required.
Applications should be labeled according to the position for which one is applying and submitted to the following no later than
08th August 2014
The Senior Human Resource Officer
National Energy Skills Center
Corner Rivulet and Southern Main Roads, Point Lisas, COUVA or
P.O. Box 957, Couva
UNSUITABLE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACKNOWLEDGED.
100% SUCCESSFUL TRAINEES, SUCCESSFULLY PLACED IN INDUSTRY
NATIONAL ENERGY SKILLS CENTER
.The sooner we accept this simple workplace truth
- doing everything right is no guarantee of employ-
ment - the sooner we can get over the shock of
getting fired or laid off.
Truth- You may have lost your job, but you'll
always have your skills and abilities. With them,
you can get back on your feet.
Truth - Sometimes making the best of it is the
only thing you can do. Remember, however, that
working for someone who dismisses your talents
and abilities - or doesn't value what you do - can
have an adverse effect on your life and career.
Time to Move On
Just as you should end a toxic personal relationship,
you should get out of an unhealthy working rela-
tionship. If you are undervalued and unappreciated
for what you bring to your workplace, it's time
to move on.
Vice President Joe Biden tells a story about his
father, who worked a variety of jobs to support
his wife and four children.
At one point Joe Sr. was employed by an auto
dealer who liked to reward his employees with
silver dollars. At a company Christmas party, the
boss dumped a bucket of silver dollars on the
dance floor and watched as his workers scurried
to pick up the coins.
Joe Sr. left the party, his family in tow. He never
returned to his job at the dealership. His rationale:
A job is not supposed to be degrading. It's supposed
to be rewarding.
"That's how you come to believe, to the very core
of your being, that work is more than a paycheck,"
Senator Biden said in his speech accepting the
Democratic vice-presidential nomination in 2008.
"It's dignity. It's respect."
Try to view unexpected job loss as an opportunity
to move on to something much better. Accept,
even appreciate, that all jobs are temporary, and
keep your antenna up for new opportunities. Keep
your network "live" and growing. Keep that resume
and your LinkedIn Profile up-to-date so you can
"hit the ground running" the next time your "per-
manent" job turns temporary.
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