Arminé Halajyan, Armenia
Arminé tells her experience in empowering herself as a communicator!
How to better empower oneself than through continuous learning? This is the path I have embarked on to keep abreast of new and emerging technologies while continuously striving to improve my performance and knowledge as a communicator. I try to participate in the staff development training programmes and workshops made available to United Nations staff members, either remotely or, if and when possible, in-person.
Thanks to UNITAR’s e-Learning course “Innovative Collaboration for Development” (ICfD) I learned. for example, to use a web-based reporting platform called CIMS, or Centres Information Management System, to store and share data between offices in the global network of UN Information Centres and Headquarters. I also attended a remote training course titled “Writing for the Web” that DPI organized in collaboration with the Learning and Development Section of the Office of Human Resource Management (OHRM). This class afforded an excellent opportunity to learn about new trends in website writing, editing and information management. I participated in a workshop on “Effective Communication and Media Relations” that included a session on new technologies and social media. I finally signed up for a UNITAR e-Learning course titled “Innovative Collaboration for Development” through which I managed to gain in-depth knowledge of WordPress, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Facebook and Google+.
Although challenging, these trainings were equally rewarding. I apply the skills I learn in my daily work, both in support of DPI’s priorities but also in the context of the work of the UN Country Team in Armenia, with the overall goal of informing the peoples of the world about the work of the United Nations.
I am very proud of the contribution I am able to bring to the local, regional and global DPI Team, including, most recently, a new web site and a Facebook group to support the Post-2015 Development Agenda national consultations in Armenia.