Careers without the cred.

Are you frustrated in your search for a good paying and stable job without the necessary credentials? Maybe you’re at a stage in your life, where you want more out of your career, but feel stuck. Furthering your education or enhancing your skillset will be a critical resource for your forward mobility and marketability in the current work environment.

Even if your starting without a high-school diploma. The Government of Jamaica recently launched the Housing, Opportunity, Production and Employment (HOPE) programme, which will provide educational and job opportunities for young adults.

“Those who do not have basic education … will be provided with opportunities for basic education, and those who are not trained will be provided with opportunities to develop employable skills,” stated the Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness. This is the Government’s initiative to usher disenfranchised young people into a viable workforce.

With the rapid pace of technological advancements, jobs in the tech fields remain in high demand. Technology has also spurned significant support services, such as website creation, online marketing and app development. There are a plethora of resources for gaining skills, accredited and otherwise online or through local training programmes such as the ones offered by HEART Trust NTA, Vantage Point I.T Training and Consulting, The University of the Commonwealth Caribbean and other training institutions.

The online world also offers a wealth of opportunities to learn new skills. Areas of great interest now are in the fields of marketing, writing, website design, advertising placement and management and almost anything in the IT field. Creatives will also be able to tap into resources available for small bit-jobs or gigs. Freelancing hasn’t truly caught on in Jamaica, but it may well serve as a viable resource for both employers and job seekers. A CEO of a local small business can benefit from outsourcing work to worthy freelancers for fixed rates or at an affordable rate, get the job done and move on. No need for extensive job interviews, office space and management. With a good few banking possibilities available electronically, payments can be made online or via bank transfer for speed of payment and to make the process almost painless.

With the Government pushing to increase investment in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) arena, more companies are setting up shop in Freezone areas and throughout the country. As this culture catches on, one can be assured that innovative Jamaican’s will find says to outsource work locally and internationally. It may become a cultural norm. The world is connected, so is the jobs market. Check out our jobs listed in our freelance section to see if you find a fit.