Posted on 27th March 2018
A number of our members were present at a very successful speed networking event recently at The Burgess Hill Academy. This account comes from a student who was there.
We were taken into the Barnden Hall where we met our first employer. Each student got a sheet with a number of questions to ask the employee. The questions ranged from “Do you work long hours?” to “Do you have to wear uniform?”, we had five minutes to ask these different questions and when our time was up we had to guess what job the employee had.
After guessing, the worker described to us what their job was and what they did. We interviewed a range of different people, for example engineers, film producers, PA’s, Directors of American Express, and someone who works in HR.
Many of the employees talked about apprenticeships and how they set you up for life. An engineer from HPC was telling us how soon he will be ending his apprenticeship and he talked about how the company put him through college, and now he will have a job for life instead of worrying what he wants to do when he gets out of college.
After asking a few questions about each person’s job, they in return asked us what we enjoy in our spare time and what we may consider working as in the future. Some helped us decide what options we may like to take for our GCSEs based on our likes and dislikes. Every employee was very encouraging and guided us into the right direction. We both enjoyed hearing about their experiences in the work place and how they get along with co-workers and managers.
Overall we both enjoyed the experience as it was something new that we haven’t tried and we took away the knowledge that they gave us to help with our GCSEs and eventually our career choice.
Our grateful thanks to the attendees of the event and their employers.
By Evie Sinclair And Oliver Jones
""BHBPA is a really well organised and run group, great for networking and benefitting from knowledgeable local speakers with real business insight. Peter brings enthusiasm and humour which helps drive the association forward. I am glad to be part of it.""
"This association was started with a lot of effort from a few local businessmen and has proved to be a very powerful and useful tool for our business. The BHBPA has influence at the top level; when action is needed, the BHBPA gets it done. We are kept in touch with all that is happening on our doorstep and will often act because of what is published in the weekly emails / newsletters."
"If Carlsberg did networking they would do it the BHBPA way. Each event is packed with great ideas, thought provoking presentations and fun. As a small business we feel supported and part of the community. We have built friendships and business relationships and there is always plenty of advice on hand to benefit us all so don’t hesitate to join whatever the nature of your business. "
"I am delighted to have a long-standing relationship with the BHBPA. Since its foundation the Association has gone from strength to strength and there is no doubt that it has brought huge benefits to its members and the business community as a whole through the partnerships it has formed with the local authorities, Sussex Police and local organisations. It is paramount that Burgess Hill businesses have an effective collective voice."