Rosemarie Maskell has over 11 years of experience in her career. As Senior Secretary to the Bursar of The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, she is the senior member of a team of 4 secretaries. She provides secretarial support to the chief financial officer and handles meetings, coordinates schedules, does problem solving and some human resource functions.
A self-titled word nerd, she is the daughter of two parents who firmly believed in the importance of education, and pushed her to achieve academic success. They fostered in her a love of reading and learning, for which she is eternally grateful. She is an avid reader, consuming information and gaining knowledge as much as she can. As a woman living in the Caribbean, especially in her country of Trinidad & Tobago, she has experienced challenges in the workplace, as there is an inverse age bias. Many senior jobs are held by persons over 50, and the younger workforce has to ‘pay their dues’ before being considered for managerial positions. Despite this, she has managed to attain her current position of Senior Secretary to the Campus’ Bursar.
While Rosemarie’s job title is Senior Secretary, the work she has been doing for the past 8 years is equivalent to what a personal assistant does, which is not an easy role. That job has taught her many valuable skills – time management, communication skills, boss management, critical thinking and other essential tools she has mastered over the years. She attained an undergraduate degree in Literature, Linguistics and Education, then an MBA with an HR specialization, along with several short courses offered by her workplace. She is a firm believer in developing herself and others. To that end, she has encouraged several of her colleagues and team members to pursue their academic studies, and offered classes in Microsoft Outlook and Word to the custodial team, as a way of empowering them to do more and see more in themselves.
In addition to her MBA, she is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management. Looking ahead, she plans to continue to grow and progress in her field and to increase her mentoring and networking activities. She credits her success to determination, grit and a drive to succeed.
International Society of Female Professionals Member, Rosemarie Maskell, can be found on the Association Directory, where she is looking forward to networking with you.