Sorry, I just had to throw the "negapats" in for my good friend, BigZack!
Ok, now onto the issue: I've made the decision to return to Trinidad and Tobago in the coming years (plan is to work here until I have enough points for SSI benefits for future retirement purposes - I am a few points away) before making the permanent jump. I plan to return and work in Trinidad but have come to realize my professional work experience does not fit into any of the more popular sectors on the island (Accounting, Marketing, Business Administration, Project Management, Engineering, Administrative Services, Occupational Health & Safety Procurement, Oil/Gas, etc.)
My experience is in corporate finance in the legal sector (and depending on a possible new job offer, in the investment banking sector). I have no intentions of being another attorney in TT and have looked into going the finance or MBA route via Arthur Lok, but still, as my experience is so niche I am not quite sure what employment prospects might exist for me upon arrival. I have tried going through the placement agencies and have not gotten anywhere with them (one popular agency said they are doubtful of finding any placements for me given my experience).
So the question remains: how does a young professional with international experience break into the job market in Trinidad? Is it heavily dependent on who you know? I know there are quite a few returning expats with no work experience landing well-paying jobs simply because of who they are or who they know. Is this what I have to expect when the time comes for me to actively search for employment? I was hoping to have a job offer at hand BEFORE I got to TT shores for permanent residence, but I'm now considering saving enough funds to last me 6 months - one year in the event I cannot find employment.
I plan to also attend graduate school while working. As I love to keep busy it is my hope I land something, but so far, its been quite the daunting task just speaking to some of these recruiter agencies, none of whom I have went in to have an interview with. I plan to do just that when closer to my intended date of return but am fishing a few years in advance to see what possibilities may exist for me in the present.
Any advice, people? Perhaps I have to change gears? I really wish to pursue my MBA though and maybe open up my own business, but even that will require collateral that I will not be able to afford to gamble away given the uncertainty of being a successful entrepreneur in TT.
Thanks for listening!