Property Administrator – Enforcement Squatter Management
National Land Agency
What are the duties of your job?
My main duties include: supervising my staff of 29 persons, investigating and monitoring lands and carrying out eviction & demolition processes.
-It is somewhat. My ideal job is being out in the field and working (where it doesn’t feel like I’m working).
Why did you choose this profession?
-Initially, I selected the diploma course in Land Economy & Valuation Surveying (the course you need to do to be in this post at work) because one is able to branch out into a number of disciplines (Real Estate, Land Valuation, Land Administration, Property Management etc.) & because this course seemed like the only one I could get into at the time; I liked it and continued with the bachelors degree. Why do I stick with it? No one property case is the same and the career doesn’t feel monotonous.
What is your favorite part of your job (lunch time doesn’t count)?
-My favourite part is being out in the field, I travel islandwide so it’s not easy for work to get old. Even if you’ve been to most parts in a parish, work takes you to a remote, bushy section of that same parish. I also like when I’m able to assist a person with applying for a property that they are able to get, instead of having to evict or demolish that structure. I work sometimes 7:00 a.m. to 10:00p.m. -11:00 p.m.; that’s my least favourite part.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
-Ideally as a Manager or Director in any discipline of Valuation Surveying. Or an entrepreneur with a business that means something and benefits people somehow.
What is one of your proudest professional accomplishments?
-I think it would be re-starting collections in a settlement that was thought to be volatile. The settlement was about to be written off because no one wanted to deal with it because it had a history of violence. Luckily, we got the support of settlers and re-started collecting. Let’s say it would have been a pretty penny to write off.
What keeps you motivated each day?
-What drives me is what has driven me since I started working at the NLA –doing my best at whatever position I am, and doing my little part to leave my department in a better place than I saw it. If you focus on why you do what you do, work becomes easier. I do what I do in my unit to restore order and to ensure that every property I am aware of and monitor is effectively managed.
If you had to sell your profession to a new member, what would be your words to that person?
-As previously stated, my profession has different disciplines you can branch out to, or you can be your own boss or on a small scale do all disciplines. This profession allows you to mitigate against the economy somewhat and not get stuck in one type of work. That’s always good when deciding a course or career, especially if you haven’t found your ‘dream career’.
Does your involvement in Rotaract help you to develop professional skills? How?
Absolutely. I think just being a part of the professional development committee helps me to sharpen my professional skills when speaking to staff, taking part in meetings and even speaking with people in the field. I think in the past we (in our unit) tend to get a bad rap of how we deal with people in the field but professional etiquette is still key when working with people. I tend to take notes from the PD Weeklies and use them in my daily work when dealing with staff and building my own confidence as a ‘young’ supervisor and I use the snippets from the protocol minutes to ensure proper etiquette is used when dealing with work colleagues.-
Thats all for now! who will be exposed next?
Rtr Kellesha Dunkley