GROWING up, our parents and schools placed pressure on us figuring out what we wanted to be when we got older. In many cases, our parents kind of forced us to go down the route of being doctors, lawyers, engineers or working for the Government. Anything other than those roles were considered a failure in their eyes.
It was very hard for me to figure out what route I wanted to take because most of the career paths that were presented to me, I had no interest in. It dawned on me when I hit my 30s that the reason I wasn’t interested in most of the career paths is that the skills, industries, and careers that light me up today have only been invented within the last 10 or so years.
Now, there is no limit to learning these new skills or working in many of these new industries. Whilst I was born in Trinidad and left for Canada as a baby, I’m loving the fact that I have been able to move back to Trinidad as an adult and I am able to work in anywhere that I choose because of my business as a digital and e-commerce strategist.
Working remotely from your laptop is still something that most parents cannot wrap their minds around. Heck, most companies in the Caribbean still can’t grasp the concept of remote work and want you to physically be present to do your job, despite the fact that many of the roles could be done from home today.
The world has changed, and we in the Caribbean need to start embracing those changes and the opportunities that come with them. In this digital world our income has no cap, and we are no longer limited by geography when it comes to employment or getting clients.
These skills will allow you to land work as either a freelancer and participate in the gig economy, or you will be able to work for a company anywhere in the world whilst you are still physically living here in the Caribbean, getting paid in another currency. Another fun fact is that these skills will…