Management Trainee’s Take Over with Maneesha!

Posted on Tuesday, February 27th, 2024

“The Management Trainee Programme of SLRCS serves as a launchpad for career growth, offering mentorship, training opportunities, and the chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of others”, says Maneesha.

Maneesha Wijethunga is a dedicated advocate for social justice and humanitarian causes, driven by a profound passion for making a positive impact in society. Holding a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Maneesha’s academic background provided her with a solid foundation for her endeavors in the field of humanitarian work and social sciences.

Her journey into the realm of social work began with a pivotal opportunity as a Management Trainee at the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS). Inspired by her academic studies, Maneesha was drawn to the impactful work carried out by organizations like the Red Cross. Her decision to apply for the position was fueled by a desire to contribute meaningfully to creating a more equitable and inclusive society.

During her six-month tenure at SLRCS, Maneesha gained invaluable experiences across various departments, each offering unique insights into the challenges faced by vulnerable populations. From engaging in Restoring Family Links initiatives to supporting Health and Nutrition programmes and Disaster Management efforts, Maneesha’s journey was marked by hands-on learning and impactful contributions.

Reflecting on her experience, Maneesha highlights the importance of meticulous attention to detail, adaptability, and accountability in handling responsibilities, especially when working closely with beneficiaries. Her time at SLRCS also underscored the significance of teamwork, effective communication, and empathy in fostering a supportive work environment.

Field trips were particularly memorable for Maneesha, offering opportunities for personal growth and cultural immersion. These experiences reinforced the importance of approaching interactions with sensitivity and respect, while also emphasizing the value of building rapport with community members.

“Each field trip was a thrilling adventure, filled with invaluable lessons. From navigating unfamiliar terrain to embracing diverse cultures, I honed my adaptability skills. Conducting assessments offered insights into working with communities, emphasizing sensitivity, respect, and fostering trust”, added Maneesha.

Central to Maneesha’s experience as a management trainee was the guidance and mentorship provided by experienced professionals at SLRCS. She speaks highly of the supportive atmosphere that encouraged open communication and the exchange of ideas, empowering trainees to pursue their passions and interests.

Looking ahead, Maneesha’s time at SLRCS has left an indelible mark on her professional aspirations. Armed with practical skills, invaluable experiences, and a newfound sense of purpose, she is determined to continue her journey in humanitarian work and advocacy.

For recent graduates considering the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society’s Management Trainee Programme, Maneesha offers resounding encouragement. As Maneesha continues to chart her course in the realm of social sciences and humanitarian work, her journey stands as a testament to the power of passion, learning, and impactful action in shaping a brighter future for communities in need.