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thelem-again wrote:So firstly, how recent is recent in terms of completing your degrees.
Secondly, I'm assuming the reason you couldn't get a job in america is because you lacked the necessary experience. Having qualifications is only part of the journey. So what type of experience do you have?
So more than likely you would have to start off as a technician, gain essential work experience and then work your way up the ranks within a job stream. You may even have to do some internships.
A good place to start is through the OJT programme. The salary is garbage but its for you to network and gain some minor experience as well. Some places could be Ministry of Works, WASA, TTEC, etc dependant on your engineering field. Then with that experience you can try your hand in private organizations such as COOSALS, Junior Sammy, Qualitech, EIL, etc.
RobertoDiTrinidad2 wrote:goalpost wrote:Petrotrin have vacancies.
Thanks. I looked at the website , but didn't see any engineering vacancies
triniboi49 wrote:In a few months the major energy companies will have their Grad Intern programs.
RobertoDiTrinidad2 wrote:triniboi49 wrote:In a few months the major energy companies will have their Grad Intern programs.
Thanks for the information. Do you know which companies usually have grad intern programs so I can check them out?
Numb3r4 wrote:Typically they advertise on the newspapers so you could keep up to date with those.
For the most part though you should already be on these company websites, as in registered for their newsletters and career updates, as most today have job search functions, which usually email you recommended jobs based on your input parameters in your account.
You should also be on sites like linkedIn, Caribbean Jobs and JobTT.
Are you on any of these sites?
If not then get on them.
RobertoDiTrinidad2 wrote:I recently complete a Bachelor and Master's in Mechanical Engineering in America. I job searched a while in America, but couldn't find a job and had to return home. I'm starting my Trinidad job search. Are there any good resources such as local engineering job fairs, or local job boards I should know about that will help me in my search? What are the main companies that are looking to hire mechanical Engineers?
Thanks in advance for the help guys.
francis1979 wrote:RobertoDiTrinidad2 wrote:I recently complete a Bachelor and Master's in Mechanical Engineering in America. I job searched a while in America, but couldn't find a job and had to return home. I'm starting my Trinidad job search. Are there any good resources such as local engineering job fairs, or local job boards I should know about that will help me in my search? What are the main companies that are looking to hire mechanical Engineers?
Thanks in advance for the help guys.
Some options not discussed/ recommended
1) networking through professional engineering organizations. Join and become active by volunteering. This is a good method to meet professionals who once impressed with your attitude/ knowledge will recommend you to peers when/if the topics comes up in their discussions on hiring an employee. Some organizations you can consider are:
I am sure there are other organizations which other can recommend or which you can find on Facebook or LinkedIn
2) Broaden your horizons by exploring within Caricom where no work permit is required for University Graduates. Check the link below for more details.
3) Broaden your horizons with respect to the field, job title or company . Because you got a mechanical engineering degree it does not mean that you have to get a job titled Mechanical Engineer. There are may other fields that hire Engineer’s (e.g. Corporate banks who invest in large engineering projects hires engineers since they are able to understand the project risk due to their background ). Remember in the work place it is how you applied the knowledge that you learned in school
In addition everyone knows Shell, Atlantic LNG, BHP, Heritage, T&TEC, etc. However there are a lot of smaller companies supporting these companies where you can get some good training and pay. Also by speaking to other ppl in the field they can open your eyes to other companies . As example I never knew about Schlumberger the largest oil service company in the world who use to do global recruitment from Trinidad until I spoke to someone in the petroleum industry
4) mass apply to companies and let them hold your resume on file for a period. This has the lowest probability of success . Based on my experience you will probably get a call back rate of 2% over a 6month period. But in tough times it is better than nothing. I literally went through the yellow pages found companies and sent resumes via mail / email
The above helps you get an interview. Make sure you research and practice for typical interview questions