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
"“I have belonged to this group since I started my own business, Lea Graham Associates, in 1986. The association has been through several incarnations since then, but its most recent one, BHBPA, is by far the best.
It’s much more than just a networking group, although it is supremely good at that too. BHBPA is inclusive and friendly and acts like a mutual-support society. The events are stimulating, worthwhile and often great fun and I believe most members share this opinion.”"
"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. "
"The BHBPA is a fantastic hub for our business community to get together and catch up, discuss important local issues and connect new and interesting enterprises."
"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."