ArcelorMittal Intern Recounts Life-Changing Experiences -Across Company’s Workforce

MONROVIA – ArcelorMittal Liberia’s Young Professional Program (YPP) Intern, Abbie Yatta Kamara, one of several highly motivated young graduates recruited by the company and assigned as a Management Assistant in Department of corporate Services, has taken time to recount her first few weeks of internship journey at the mining concession in Liberia.

Assigned at the department which oversees the divisions of Communication, Estate, Transport, and Medical and Schools, the enterprising young Liberian female reflected on her internship journey at the end of her assignment in the Communication Division, highlighting how contributive ArcelorMittal-Liberia continues to be in the cause of ensuring a better Liberia.

“I started my internship at the start of AML Learning Week (June 6-10, 2022), where I learned and improved my knowledge of team building, effective communication, leadership and its responsibilities, as well as the importance of modern technologies in the workplace,” she said. “One of my major takeaways from first Learning Week 2022 is the knowledge that having the right attitude to assist others without any expectation in return does not only improve the team’s progress,” she  added,  “it also helps to develop the team members’ humility; that a good leader puts people first, shares information through the proper channels effectively.”   Most importantly, she said another major takeaway is the goal of an effective team which is to beat its target consistently for continual success.

For her second learning week, Abbie noted she was assigned to the AML Hospital in Buchanan, specifically the Registrar’s office, under the direct supervision of Mr. Solomon Nyantee.

   At the hospital, she developed social and professional contacts and created a clean workspace, and assisted as well with designing, printing, photocopying, and filing daily pre-registration slips, nurse’s note, doctor’s order slips, blood transfusion slips, etc.

“I also arranged documents into separate folders with their right labels, for easy access. Then, I assisted with collecting and inputting data into various Excel workbooks. Data such as the Primary Health Care, daily in-cash entry report, Patients Receipts entry, daily patients’ entry, and registering as well as coordinating employee’s rain gear distribution data entry”

She also assisted with the with the master register data entry from the Government of Liberia.

In her third week, she was assigned to the Transport division of Corporate Services, which manages light vehicles, where the young processional noted that she boosted her networking ability and gained essential background knowledge about the leadership and operations of the transport sector in ArcelorMittal.

“I learned that every month, two drivers are assigned for utility purposes and are responsible to pick up and drop off students and staff during working hours, including an airport shuttle and swap trips between Buchanan, Gbarnga, and Yekepa.”

She recounted that at one point, “I had the honor to represent Transport Department to a disciplinary committee in an accident case at the Health and Safety Department”

In her fourth week she took an assignment at the Estates Division of Corporate Services which she said is in charge of the canteen, accommodations, housing, and the entire AML facilities maintenance and repairs services.

At present, she seems to be “enjoying” the fifth week of her internship where she has now been assigned in the communications division, also a part of Corporate Services Department.

With the direct supervision of the department’s manager Winston Daryoue, and Senior Communication Officer Gbatemah Senah, Abbie Kamara believes she has gotten a practical insight into the workings of the department, specifically the daily media monitoring and distribution of internal and external news contents.

“With this experience” she explained, “I can safely say I now have basic knowledge of how the department of corporate services of AML work, which puts me in a comfortable position as a Management Assistant, and that I am having the best moments of my professional life, so far,” she exclaimed.

“Thanks to my mentor Dr. Garfee T. Williams for his professional mentorship and the entire AML Learning & Development team.” She concluded.

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