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Meet Johanna Thomas, a Public Relations Professional and avid film enthusiast whose marketing and social media internship with CRS ignited her desire to pursue a career in Digital Marketing.

How is your internship experience going?

It has been extremely productive and has invigorated my desire to further explore Digital Marketing and Communication as a career.  The opportunity to assist CRS in their Social Media content creation and management has challenged me to become more expressive, creative and authentic. Social media is always evolving and the chance to work in this field,  with CRS and fellow interns has been an amazing experience.

What are you studying and why?

I’m currently a 3rd year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies and a Minor in Film Studies. I have worked in the field of Communication & Public Relations and wanted to further my studies. I enjoy watching films and wanted to deepen my knowledge in cinema but mainly Caribbean Cinema. I believe we have amazing stories to tell and I would like to assist filmmakers or anyone  in the promotion of their ideas or concepts.

Share your projects, ideas and what you want to achieve.

I want to achieve 1st Class Honors in Communication Studies with a minor in Film Studies  and graduate in 2021.  To become certified in Social Media Management is a goal, so I want to attain a certification from Hubspot Academy or any accredited institution. I want to work in a production company or state agency using Digital Marketing and Public Relations to promote projects or ideas for creatives. Being part of a production team that makes a film, is also a project worth pursuing. I would also love to own a company that produces and sells local juices.

We enjoy chatting about communities a lot and we would be keen to know what you think you would like to do with regards to your community and interests.

I would love to see more activities geared towards Youth Development. I was involved in an Arts Programme in my community that introduced me to photography, film & singing and this propelled me to study communications and film. I also became a member of  The Marionettes Chorale due to my involvement in that Arts Programme , so I would like to see similar initiatives that  allow youth to learn and develop holistically.

What advice would you leave with future interns about doing a volunteer internship during the vacation period?

During this unforeseen time, opportunities such as internships like this are hard to come by. However, once selected absorb as much information, network, take any free and online courses but also put what is learnt into practice. Being able to work remotely and still receive hands-on experience during the vacation period can give one the edge needed to secure employment or stand out amongst your fellow colleagues.

This morning our General Manager, Shinelle Padmore, attended the T&T Chamber’s Post Budget 2020 Analysis at The Hyatt Regency. The Minister of Finance, Colmn Imbert, painted an optimistic picture for the T&T economy. He indicated that since assuming office his administration had increased revenue by US$11bn, reduced expenditure by 20%, and had moved the economy from a position of 3% economic decline to 0%. Minister Imbert said that he expects growth for the future.  He said T&T’s non-energy sector had steadily grown over the last ten years and currently contributes 60% of GDP. He was optimistic about the future of the Oil & Gas Sector, highlighting BHP Billiton’s recent oil discovery which is expected to contribute to a 25% increase in national production in two years’ time.  The Minister also highlighted Shell’s increased investment in T&T with an expected rise in gas production. Minister Imbert was unconcerned about our nation’s current debt to GDP ratio saying that 62% was below the targeted ratio of 65%, and the current level of debt, which is being supported by external financing, is facilitating increased spending in needed areas.

Wade George, Chairman-elect of EY Caribbean, highlighted areas for concern and presented solutions. His concerns included the current debt to GDP ratio of 62% and the high levels of transfers and subsidies that dominate national expenditure. Our country’s deteriorating ranking for ease of doing business, and foreign exchange issues. His solutions included the transformation of the economy through a digitalized tax administration system using a mobile app, which will eliminate the need to file tax returns and facilitate better, real-time, revenue collection.  Wade George also suggested that through national consensus we should develop a plan to reduce the fiscal deficit and formulate an economic diversification strategy, as well as a plan to address the overvalued TT dollar.

Moving Your Business to the Cloud

Join us at our first CRS Tech Hour series, ‘Moving Your Business to the Cloud’ led by Susan Hale, our Non-Executive Director. This free event discusses concerns and benefits to moving your workflow to the Cloud.

CRS Tech Hour series

Moving Your Business to the Cloud
April 12th
10am – 11am
At TTCSI office, 18 O’Connor St., Woodbrook

Your business database, storage, file management, production, disaster recovery are different key areas you can move online.Consider the benefits to your business –

  • Hardware savings
  • Maintenance
  • Centralisation
  • Software management
  • Staff management
  • Significant cost savings

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