Shontelle King may not be the first person guests see at Coconut Court, but all the staff know her – one of her jobs is to pay the wages. The 38-year-old started in the gift shop in 2006 but within two years she’d moved into the accounts office. “The transition wasn’t that difficult as I’d had some experience with accounting before,” she said. While most of the training was on the job, she also attended night school to get her accounting certificate. She discovered that being an accounts clerk involved far more than paying invoices and putting through payments. Keen to learn new things While guests may only see her fleetingly, she deals with Coconut Court’s suppliers. So in her hands lies the reputation of the hotel as a good and prompt payer of its bills.
“I try my best to make sure everything runs smoothly,” said Shontelle. She’s keen to see the island from a guest’s point of view and is visiting the island’s attractions. “I’ve been on the Atlantis submarine tour and I’m heading over to Bathsheba for breakfast one day soon. Harrison’s Cave is also on my list." She also want to learn new things.
Life has a way of changing plans… She once harboured an ambition to teach. “I like keeping busy so I did an early childhood classroom management course. It was something to do in the evenings. "That helped me understand my nieces and nephews. My first career choice was teaching, but life has a way of changing your plans. “All the staff know me and I know all their names as I’m the person in charge of pay roll. I love the people at the hotel… this is my extended family.”