Hi, my name is Mary Flora and I’m from Donegal. I have recently completed my Bachelor of Science with Education at Maynooth University. My subject specialisms are Chemistry and Biology.
I really believe that it will benefit my effectiveness as a teacher in promoting STEM subjects and their importance. I viewed the programme as an opportunity to gain new skills and meet new people. I know I would have benefitted from teachers speaking of their experiences outside of the classroom.
During my STInt at AbbVie I focused on re-designing the company’s STEM narrative and their approach to STEM Education. I created a “STEM in a box” toolkit for the company’s STEM Teams to use during school visits and site tours, which aided in the promotion of STEM and a career in industry to students. I also got the opportunity to collaborate with ATU Sligo regarding the planning of the Sligo Science Festival 2022. AbbVie is a main sponsor of the event which takes place during Science Week. I gained a great insight into what life in industry is like, whilst also developing my skillset. I know my students will benefit from hearing about my experience as I aim to inspire the next generation.
Founded in 2013, AbbVie is a global, research-driven biopharmaceutical company committed to developing innovative advanced therapies for some of the world’s most complex and critical conditions. The company now employs more than 2,500 people across nine sites in Ireland.
The company’s mission is to use its expertise, dedicated people and unique approach to innovation to markedly improve treatments across a number of therapeutic areas, including immunology, oncology, virology, aesthetics, neuroscience and eyecare.
AbbVie was recently listed as the No. 3 Best Large Workplace in Ireland 2021. It is the eighth consecutive year that the company has featured on the list and its sixth placing in the top three remains the highest placed company in the Irish biopharmaceutical/pharmaceutical industry. The Institute also recognised AbbVie as a Best Workplace for Women for the third successive year. AbbVie is one of just 22 companies in Ireland to receive this accolade in 2021. The programme recognises organisations that provide a great work environment for all employees but create positive and supportive workplaces for women in particular.