(CMR) Summer intern Krysten Martin has lauded the Department of Labour and Pensions for providing her with an environment that helped to build her self-confidence. Krysten, who has Asperger's, started working as an Administrative Support Assistant on 18 July.
She embarked on this opportunity with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement. During her time with the department, she was given the opportunity to learn new tasks and develop new skills.“They helped me build my confidence and gave me a chance to prove myself. I have walked away with a level of respect for the entire team at DLP, who demonstrated that there is a place for all of us to learn, earn and develop our skills regardless of the challenges we may face,” Krysten said.
“I am also thankful that I was allowed to attend my classes at UCCI and come to work as well. I am working at developing myself and becoming as independent as possible and to make a positive contribution to my community,” she added.
Krysten said that having Asperger present some challenges, however, she has not let these stop her from doing her best.
“I consider myself differently abled and quite capable of being productive. With a little extra patience, I was able to complete all the tasks given to me,” she stated.
Krysten has repeatedly expressed her appreciation to the Director and the team of Senior Managers at DLP, who provided her with an open door and a level playing field where she could work and grow.
She is thankful for the opportunity to be mentored by persons in the department who took the time to guide her and allow her to blossom. Krysten has also expressed her appreciation for her mother, who has supported her in every way in her development.
She said, “My mother has always encouraged me to be the best I can be. Thank you for walking with me on my journey. I also thank God for his guidance, provision, and never failing love.”
“In the spirit of inclusion for all, I would like to say that we each have something to offer. Sometimes we just need a chance to show what we can bring to the table. My advice to all is if you can help someone be the best they can be, then help them. Together we can make this world a better place. Thanks for being that source of help to me,” Krysten further stated.