Openmind Networks where delighted to find out that transition year student Robyn Maxwell won 1st Place at the National Career Skills Competition Awards 2017. The ceremony was held in The Clock Tower at the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin and was attended by Ireland’s Minister for Education and Skill, Richard Bruton TD.
The National Career Skills Awards recognise students who complete a career investigation into an occupation of their choosing. Each student who took part in the competition was required to demonstrate their understanding of their chosen career, the educational pathways that lead to it, the most relevant Knowledge Requirements and the most important Career Skills needed to be successful in that area. The students were also required to explain which skills they have developed on their work experience and to indicate how their work experience has influenced their future career choices.
Robyn completed a weeks work experience in Openmind Networks in December 2016 and she won the award based on a report she wrote about that week of work. Some of the observations highlighted in her report where:
- “Even though the engineers worked independently, it became extremely clear to me as the week progressed that they were very much a team.
- “I often saw them come together to help solve a particularly difficult task and they were constantly learning from one another.”
- “Every employee seemed to be very invested in their work and happy to be there.”
- “They gave and accepted assistance where necessary and were willing to take on new projects.”
- “One thing that struck me today was the nice atmosphere at the company. Everyone was very friendly and seemed to really enjoy working there. I think that this is important for a person to have good job satisfaction.”
Openmind Networks works hard to foster a work environment that is open and collaborative, where everyone is valued and encouraged in their roles.