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Persons hold on to jobs for long time due to lack of options- Kharid T. Fraser

- appeared as one of the 10 Most Influential Women for 2016 on Real Talk with Karia J. Christopher
Kharid T. Fraser, the former Accountant General of the Virgin Islands, has advised young people to learn as much as they can as while on the job, even if it is not their first career choice. Photo: Facebook
Wife of Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), Mrs Kharid T. Fraser, one of the 10 Most Influential Women of 2016, appeared on Real Talk on January 10, 2017. Photo: CBN
Wife of Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), Mrs Kharid T. Fraser, one of the 10 Most Influential Women of 2016, appeared on Real Talk on January 10, 2017. Photo: CBN
Host of Real Talk Karia J. Christopher (left) having a light moment with Mrs Kharid T. Fraser on Real Talk, which was aired on January 10, 2017. Photo: CBN
Host of Real Talk Karia J. Christopher (left) having a light moment with Mrs Kharid T. Fraser on Real Talk, which was aired on January 10, 2017. Photo: CBN
Mrs Karid T. Fraser with her husband Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3). Photo: Facebook
Mrs Karid T. Fraser with her husband Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3). Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOW, Tortola, VI- Former Accountant General and wife of Opposition Leader Hon Julian Fraser RA (R3), Mrs Kharid T. Fraser has pointed out to the job scarcity in the territory as one of the reasons why persons hold on to positions for a very long time.

Mrs Fraser was the guest of the 4th episode for the 10 Most Influential Women for 2016 on the CBN Channel 51 series, Real Talk, with Karia J. Christopher on Tuesday January 10, 2017.

Few job options

“Every year you have more people so you have less jobs, and in a small country like here you don’t have a lot of avenues, so when you find a job, you stay there for a long time, if you live in other societies where it is larger you have an opportunity to move to different places,” she said.

“The young people today in the [United] States don’t stay in any job more than two or three years but here you don’t have that luxury, you have a handful of companies, you have the government is the main employer, so if I have a job, nine times out of ten I’m not going to quit because I need that stability in my life.”

She also mentioned that she is not a believer of remaining in positions for extended periods of time.

Advice to young people

The wife of the Honorable Fraser has advised young people to explore more than one avenue for employment and to be patient

“ I would say to young folks that while you are young in teenage years, young adult years, you will find that today I want to be a teacher, tomorrow I want to be a nurse, you have different feelings at different times, so it is not necessarily that you have to zero in on one,” she noted.

“So if you find that you like something, learn as much as you can about it, if it is possible that you meet someone in the area that you like and learn from them and mentor with them that’s good because it gets you involved and it exposes you to the things that you feel that you like to know if you really like it,” she added.

She reasoned that even if one finds what they like and studied it, when seeking employment, be open to other avenues if the ideal job is not available, “find something else to do because remember you still have to live.”

She continued, “And if you find something else to do while you get into what you want, you still learning, and building because you building yourself stronger to make sure that when you do get to that ‘post’ you would have already learned a lot of steps and you would have already learned how to manage time and work with different people.”

Husband head of the household?

Mrs Fraser has added her voice to the discussion on whether her husband is the head of the household.

According to her, while the bible states that the man is the head of the household, “but I still believe that as a human, as an individual, you have your own thoughts, you have your own feeling and thinking. So if the person is leading and you feel like what they doing is wrong and you can see clearly that it’s wrong, I can’t see you following and doing something that is wrong,” she stated.

“That’s how I look at life, you have to tell that person, no, that particular stand that you are taking, or that particular direction that you going, I think is wrong these are my reasons why, and you see how you can come to a compromise. But to take it blankly and say the bible and say the man is the head of the household and you should follow, you can follow blindly and wind up someplace that you don’t want to be.”

Mrs Fraser has been married for some 37 years to veteran legislator Hon Julian Fraser RA, Opposition Leader and Representative for the Third District.

Meanwhile, the interview with Mrs Fraser will be rebroadcast on Thursday at 8:00 P.M. on CBN Channel 51.

29 Responses to “Persons hold on to jobs for long time due to lack of options- Kharid T. Fraser”

  • BVIslander (11/01/2017, 10:22) Like (28) Dislike (2) Reply
    one of the better interviews, I wish her name was on the ballot
  • just asking... (11/01/2017, 10:55) Like (4) Dislike (8) Reply
    Why was Opera laughing so much
    • Dan (11/01/2017, 16:19) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      She was laughing because she was excited (:-)
    • Easy (11/01/2017, 18:35) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
      When you find something you love to do so much it's no longer called a job. Kind of jealous of her in a good way it's great to do what you love and not care what people think.
  • tola (11/01/2017, 10:57) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good people nice
  • thanks VINO (11/01/2017, 11:05) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thanks Vino for the little recap there as I don't get to watch
  • Citizen (11/01/2017, 11:24) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    She looks nice mam
    • Yes she does (11/01/2017, 13:04) Like (12) Dislike (0) Reply
      Very classy, pretty and smart. You know Fraser is proud of his wife.
  • now (11/01/2017, 11:32) Like (17) Dislike (3) Reply
    that is a woman of class
  • good (11/01/2017, 11:49) Like (21) Dislike (5) Reply
    Well at least she respects her husband.
  • one eye (11/01/2017, 12:21) Like (18) Dislike (3) Reply
    I like mrs fraser not sure i am impress yet with the host
  • Truth (11/01/2017, 12:54) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes the man is the head of the woman. That is not saying that the woman can't make suggestions, give her opinions or point out in her opinion when things are going wrong. The husband should lead and women submit. Humble yourself. Divorce ratings will be reduced. Fast and pray when things don't make sense. Don't rebel against your husband.
  • yes (11/01/2017, 12:57) Like (49) Dislike (5) Reply
    Another a super show. Karia doing the damn thing, so proud of you.
  • Breezy (11/01/2017, 17:07) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    If only her husband had her charm
  • beautiful headline (11/01/2017, 19:49) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    so far Mrs Fraser took the cake it really cannot get any better than this yall
  • Boo (11/01/2017, 21:34) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Thumbs up. Very nice lady who was done so wrong by this NDP
    • @ Boo (12/01/2017, 06:30) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      the world is a circle and every dog has its day, not to worry the NDP day is coming
  • Excellent (11/01/2017, 22:25) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    You go Mrs. Fraser. You are truly a wonderful woman. Very classy and elegant. Would love to have you as First Lady.
  • seen (11/01/2017, 23:27) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    What a nice lady god bless her an her husband we voting Frazer 2019
  • I SAY (12/01/2017, 10:16) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    NDP, you are going Downnnnnn. Enjoy doing all the dirt now, what goes around comes all the way back around. Fraser, we got your back.
  • Paid blogger? (12/01/2017, 11:13) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    How much do you earn as a paid VIP or NDP blogger? How does one go about becoming one??
  • E. Leonard (12/01/2017, 15:03) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    The VI a resource- poor and has a small, open economy; its small size comes with many disadvantages. The disadvantages include narrow economic base (tourism and financial services), small population (~40K), inability to influence prices, heavy export/light import (heavy leakage in economy), high transportation, energy and communication cost; high cost of governing, long distances from import markets, limited ability to create economy of scale, government being a major employer, little to no manufacturing, limited acreage for agricultural production, limited job creation........etc. In addition to the inherent disadvantages due to its small size, it is also vulnerable to the destructive effects of environmental degradation, global warming (rising sea level), hurricanes and other tropical systems, earth quakes .........etc.

    Moreover, unlike in large developed countries with diversified economies, the VI has a small number of employers and a limited number of jobs/job skills and job opportunities. Due to its small size, there is a limited demand for intermediate and high end job skills. For example, there is limited demand for engineers, pathologists .........etc. Consequently, because of the limited numbers of job skills, many skilled and trained personnel have to pursue employment outside of the BVI. The work force is approx 13,000 and by necessity, government is major employer, employing about 1/3 of the workforce.

    Thus, due to the VI's small size and limited job skills and opportunities and as Mrs. Fraser noted, employees stay in jobs much longer than employees in larger economies. In larger economies, employees change jobs more frequently. On average they are on the move every 3-4 years. In small economies in small island nations like the VI, employees, though in some cases are unhappy, stay in certain jobs for a career. The general attitude is if you got a job you better keep it. This situation sometimes work to the disadvantage of the employee. So what can the VI do enhance job creation?

    Undoubtedly, the VI needs to diversify its economy. Its two-legged economic stool (tourism and financial) is a weak economic foundation. If one of the two legs stumble, the economy will probably tumble. The BVI does not have the resources to develop a primary economy (fishing, forestry, mining) or a secondary economy (manufacturing). Its strong suit relatively is service. Its service economy ( tourism and financial services) has catapulted it to having one of the highest standard of living, quality of life, along with having one of the highest per capita income ($38K) in the region. But its perch atop the heap is being challenged. It has to diversify its economy, using its prime resource----its people. It must effectively invest in its human capital to build a knowledge-based economy. A model to bench mark can be Singapore, a small ( 270 square mile) but economic power house.

  • Josiah's Bay (12/01/2017, 18:13) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    One way we can counteract the over extended stay on jobs in the BVI is to develop an entrepreneurial spirit in our community. We have to train our children from when they are young to get into business. If they choose to work for government they should have an alternate support business that they can retire to. We must develop other sources of income other than salaries, such as rental properties, investment clubs, partnering with other people etc. I believe that as VI landers we should own and control at least 80% of our economy. We must put our children in position to achieve that.
    • E. Leonard (13/01/2017, 09:56) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Joshia's Bay, no doubt Virgin Islanders should participate in and have ownership in the economy. As a community, the VI must invest in human capital so that its people acquire the job skills to partake effectively in the job market from being the Premier down to the custodian that contributes immensely to the success of a department, division, group, branch........etc. Further, opening and operating businesses is part of partaking in the economy.

      Nevertheless, the VI is small with a small population. Per the 2010 Census, the population was approx 30,000 but registration for the National Health Insurance programme seemed to put the number closer to approx 40,000. Customer demands drive the need for businesses. For businesses to stay in business there must be enough demand for goods and services to make the operation profitable,i.e., to whatever hurdle rate is set (15, 20, 25, 30%.....etc). With a small population, too many businesses offering the same goods or services often means that many may have to buy locks and lock the doors. What is the business failure rate in the VI? Too often in regional countries, there are copy cat businesses, especially in easily duplicable businesses, i.e., hair saloons, bars, small retail stores.......etc. If the market is saturated with similar businesses, many will struggle to keep the doors open and make a profit.

      Before opening a business, one must do one's homework. For example, one must look at the number of businesses already offering the same product or service, customer demand, how can one differentiate the delivery of goods or services(keep in mind that the advanatge gain from differentiation has a small shelf life; others will copy it), can you be competitive, niche offering, conduct feasibility study, working capital needed to start and sustain the business, time to dedicate the business, supplies, labour needed, applicable knowledge and skills.......etc. Comment is not intended to deter anyone from pursuing his/her dream of owning a business. Just offering some thoughts. By all means shoot for the stars.


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