Challenger award-winner is managing just fine

Thursday, 10 April 2014

A Baldivis mother with aspirations for a career in human resources management has won Challenger Institute of Technology’s Trainee of the Year Award.

Diploma of Management student Marinda Saunders received the coveted award at Challenger Institute’s Student Awards Ceremony in Fremantle on 9 April.

The ceremony recognised the achievements of more than 70 students from across the institute, as well as five major award winners in the categories Apprentice of the Year, Trainee of the Year, Vocational Student of the Year, Aboriginal Student of the Year and VET in Schools Student of the Year.

Having already completed a Diploma of Human Resources, Marinda (29) is now looking to make her mark improving the work culture of a major business.

“I’ve really enjoyed studying the different aspects of human resources and management, fitting it all together and using this knowledge to contribute to the overall success of an organisation,” Marinda said.

“Working on-the-job has shown me that what I learnt at Challenger is relevant and can be applied in industry.

“I enjoy the sociological aspect of managing people and their behaviour and managing these variables in a way that influences corporate culture.”

Challenger Institute program manager Lorraine Jones said Marinda was an outstanding trainee who applied her research to her studies.

“Marinda researched thoroughly on the internet, attended professional development seminars and regularly engaged in lengthy discussions with her lecturers about her course material,” Lorraine said.

Whether she starts her own business, pursues a career in the recruitment industry in which she has experience or moves into a new field altogether, Marinda said she was now equipped to succeed in management.

“Although I enjoy working in recruitment, I am open to opportunities where I can grow and work in different areas of an organisation while retaining the ability work closely with people and build good relationships,” she said.

The 2013 Trainee of the Year Award was proudly sponsored by the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association (APPEA).

PHOTO CAPTION: Challenger Institute’s 2013 Trainee of the Year Marinda Saunders.

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