As 2012 draws to a close, it’s a great chance to look back over the year that was – what a busy and eventful year it was for the team at Working In!
As our teams in the southern hemisphere enjoyed an extended sunny summery break, Alanah (one of our Business Development Managers) decided to have a truly wintery experience. She headed to Lake Louise, Canada for an incredibly snowy skiing spectacular!
Charlotte (our Marketing Production Manager) is well-known for her ridiculously active and generous, charitable nature. She proved this by taking part in the Oxfam Trailwalker – a 100KM walk/run in Taupo. Teams of four take part over the 36-hour long challenge. Not content with doing something brilliant for a good cause, Charlotte’s team (Tyrrell’s Trampers) also won 3rd fastest all girls team and a prize for single top fundraising effort.
Ok, we’ll admit it. No one can really remembered what happened in April – let’s assume we ate a lot of Easter eggs.
As the weather heated up in the northern hemisphere, Alanah found her way back to Canada and had a memorable encounter with some local residents.
As the middle of the year approached, the Working In team welcomed two new arrivals – Keri (our Marketing Production Manager), her husband and dog expanded their family with baby Summer while Kylie (our Marketing Manager)’s new little one, Charlotte, joined Ruby, husband Simon and the two family cats.
July marked a pretty momentous occasion as we launched our brand new events website – Working In Events. It revolutionised the ticket buying process and allowed us the perfect stage to showcase our expos.
July also saw CEO Scott and Business Development Manager Bridget heading down to Christchurch, meeting a range of recruiters and local stakeholders to discuss the recruitment of the skilled professionals needed to rebuild Christchurch.
It gave Scott the opportunity to observe the beginning of the city’s rebuild, his thoughts from July include:
“It’s incredible how much of the inner city has gone and is getting ready for the rebuild. It’s hard on an iPhone to show how much damage is here. A lot of cranes down here and a lot of work to be done.”
Our Oz-based team moved into a frankly fantastic new office overlooking Sydney harbour – much to the jealously of the Auckland-based team.
The Auckland team made up for it by celebrating the Olympics – office-style. Each team took turns to present an Olympics-country themed morning tea and presentation, including quizzes and the very American beer pong…
Pablo, our Business Development Manager for Spain and Latin America, also celebrated a very special occasion in August – his wedding day!
Hanna (Visa Delivery Manager) flew over to Sydney to take part in the marathon, achieving an incredibly impressive four hours and eight minutes.
Embracing the active spirit, Alanah met up with Brendan (Business Development Manager) in Vancouver where they undertook an epic cycle trip around the city.
In keeping with the new theme, we launched a new look Australian newsletter (with Canada and New Zealand following in December).
As spring kicked in down under, our Visa team arranged a BBQ for their clients who they helped to secure visas for. It was a great opportunity for them to enjoy an uniquely Kiwi experience – an afternoon on the beach.
We also held our first ever Dublin expo that was a fantastic success, with Ireland’s national broadcaster even coming along to film.
The final new arrival of the year was welcomed – Business Development Manager Bridget and her husband said hello to baby John.
As we look forward to an exciting expo season in 2013, we finished up 2012 with our Christmas celebration. The Auckland team headed to Waiheke Island to sample the local goods (i.e. wine) and enjoy some laser clay pigeon shooting and archery.
Your best bits
Let us know what you enjoyed most about 2012.