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full of information, productive, good to settle. skills equipping and gives opportunity to improve your knowledge. best working environment with good HR personnel's
water to refresh your mind
many people in the interview boardroom
you learn how to work individually and being a team player and you grow as a person into understanding and adapting into the work environment and what is expected of you, you rather see every challenge as an opportunity to learn and self develop
Working as a Scientific Technician means that I have to travel abroad and Domestic travels include the Dept. of Environmental Research Monitoring Lines where it was expected that I spend more that ninety (90) days at sea during Research Cruises.
I was a great experience, the staff is amazing and always willing to help. As a person coming from terrestrial plant background, it was a bit challenging at first but I have managed to adapt very easily.
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participating in legislation drafting and implementation, issuing permits and authorizations, responding to ministerial queries, reviewing EIA applications and providing recommendations,planning and attending meetings, organizing and hosting public awareness events
On a typical day at work, the staff base has been assigned into different departments. I learned how to work as a team and also developed my management skills. The management is professional. The workplace culture is good because of the staff consist of a blend of different cultures. The hardest part of the job is having to meet up with deadlines. The most enjoyable part of the job is having to work with motivated people.
Room for growth
Less diversity of skills and knowledge
I have gained a lot of knowledge. Not only about Communications, but about other scientific branches that exist within the department. Ma managers give me a platform to form practical work and provide assistance when needed.
Includes a lot of travelling
The department deals with a lot of science jargon
• Collect mail from the post office • Deliver mail to clients and deliver passports and visas for international relations • Transporting officials to meetings outside office and airport • Opening and closing of files for new and resigned personnel • Organise meetings, team building and any other events to take place
My days are normally hectic with targets I need to meet and meetings I have to attend. The work involves analysis of data, review of reports (local and international) to make an input into policy. Review of research publications and latest developments in the field of managing toxic chemicals. The large part of my work involves stakeholder engagements and discussions in the area of chemicals management as well as policy. In addition, I manage consultants as they execute projects for the department. I also write lots of reports as well as analyzing them.
continuous learning and development
too many meetings to attend to