Halfway greetings from FBCC autumn 2020 trainees Ella & Alina

 

As the autumn goes further, the air starts to get crispy, and the last leaves are falling from the trees it is time to face the halfway mark of our internship here at the chamber. Even though this year has been very exceptional, and we have had to adjust to the new ways of working, we both are very grateful for the experience and the growth attained as young professionals.

We started our internship in early August at the office, from where we have since moved to work from home. We are thankful for having been able to meet so many of our wonderful members and partners via online meetings. We have also learned how to create visual materials for the chamber’s social media platforms and newsletter, as well as being part of the process of creating and delivering a webinar and planning events.

For Ella, one of the biggest benefits of this internship has been the growth of her own international network through webinars and online meetings. She has found it very interesting to learn how companies are navigating through the pandemic. Additionally, she finds learning how to work using a variety of online platforms, from social media to bookkeeping, very beneficial for her future career. Ella is looking forward to developing her digital marketing skills even more during the next few months.

Alina has been very thankful to e-meet so many of the FBCC members from a variety of industries. She has learned a lot more about the differences between the Finnish and UK market. Alina values the experience she has gained with different social media platforms, and in fact, she has taken a project of writing a more thorough social media marketing strategy for FBCC. Additionally, she has learned to use different tools, such as InDesign and QuickBooks, and cannot wait to use the skills gained in her future career.

We are both happy to have a few more months left here at the chamber, and we are excited to see what the rest of the year has to offer for us. Hopefully, we will be able to meet even more of our members and partners in the upcoming (online) events, such as the Nordic Chambers’ Business Forum!

New trainees at the FBCC

This week the FBCC is welcoming two new trainees for the autumn 2020 period, please welcome Ella and Alina!

Ella is currently studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at the Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, UAS, in Helsinki. During her studies she has been focusing on finance and digital marketing. Before moving to London, she has been working in finance and sales. She is looking forward to learning about effective use of digital marketing and Finnish companies operating in the UK market. Ella is very excited about living in London this autumn and building her own professional network. For the future she wishes that the internship will help her grow as a young professional.

Alina is also studying a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration at Haaga-Helia UAS, and she is majoring in marketing and communications. Alina did her Erasmus exchange this Spring in Madrid, studying International Business and Digital Marketing at the Universidad Europea de Madrid. She is very excited to spend this autumn in London, working in an international environment and exploring the dynamic and lively city. Her goal for the autumn is to develop her networking skills and learn more about the ways that Finnish businesses operate in the UK. She hopes that the internship will enhance her future career in international business and help her create her own business network.

We wish the entire network happy rest of the summer, and hope to see you soon at our upcoming webinars and events!

Goodbye from FBCC Spring 2020 Trainee Lotta

I cannot believe it’s almost July already. It’s summer now, even in Helsinki! Today is also my last day at the FBCC and I would like to share some of my thoughts with all of you members and friends of the FBCC.

Six months ago, I travelled to London and didn’t really know what to expect. However, I was extremely excited to work at the FBCC. Although, the past spring had a lot of surprises to all of us and my internship was not exactly how I imagined it to be, I can say that I have learnt and experienced so much during my time at the FBCC.

I set a few goals in the beginning of my internship. I wished to develop my networking skills and to learn more about event management and I think I have accomplished both of those goals. In addition, as I have studied international business, I was interested in to see what Nordic companies have expanded their business to the UK market and how do these companies operate in a foreign market. I think after working at the FBCC, I have really seen how Nordic companies internationalise to the competitive UK market. All in all, after this internship, I have grown as a young professional and I know I will benefit from these skills in my future career.

I got to experience so many great things during my internship. First of all working in the small and vibrant team FBCC gave me so many opportunities. I have created marketing campaigns, done bookkeeping, organised and participated in a variety of events and set up the first ever webinars for the FBCC. Second, I got from the frontline see how companies adapt during a global crisis like COVID-19. Although, the situation was not pleasant for anyone of us, for me it gave a great opportunity to learn about adapting to new and uncertain situations.

I would like to express my warmest thanks to the FBCC members I met, the FBCC board and last but not least to my colleagues Emma and Anna. I would like to thank Emma for being a reliable general manager who both trusts and supports her trainees. In addition, I would like to thank Anna for being my positive and uplifting colleague through out the internship.

In the autumn, I will continue studying management and international business at Aalto University. However, I wish to return to London sooner or later and meet you at FBCC events. I would like to wish a lovely summer and upcoming autumn to all of you. I know we have some exciting times ahead!

If you would like to keep in touch, please connect with me on LinkedIn and feel free to leave a message.

Goodbye from FBCC Spring 2020 trainee Anna

Hi everyone!

My time as a Marketing and Events Coordinator at the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce is coming to an end. These five months flew past surprisingly quickly and now, new challenges await. I will continue my studies at Tampere University and continue to develop professionally. Before I go, I would like to reflect on my experiences at the chamber and share my thoughts.

My goals in the beginning of this traineeship were to learn more about marketing and to develop as a networker. Despite the current situation, restrictions, social distancing requirements and me travelling back to Finland, I believe, that I’ve met my goals and gained much more. I gained so much valuable experience in digital marketing and management of both live and online events. I learned bookkeeping and to use various software. Due to the restrictions on live events and remote working I got the chance to develop my independent working skills and to learn to adapt quickly to ever changing situations. Most importantly, however, I developed my communication skills and became more confident in networking and meeting new people during this traineeship.

This has truly been a life altering experience. Relocating to beautiful London and working in the dynamic and incredibly energetic environment gave me a new level of confidence in myself and my abilities.

Working in a small team presented me with the opportunity to gain a lot of knowledge in a short period of time. I was always certain, that I could count on our team for help, even when we were miles apart from each other, in quarantine and in different cities.

I would like to genuinely thank all members and friends of the FBCC for making my time in London but also online so exciting and unforgettable.  Hopefully we will meet again at FBCC’s events in the future, as I am planning to visit London as soon as everything will get back to normal!

I would like to warmly thank our general manager Emma and my amazing colleague Lotta for being part of this journey. My experience wouldn’t have been the same without both of you. Emma showed trust in our abilities right from the start, gave us individual responsibilities, offered her help in any situation and has been a great friend. My fellow trainee Lotta has been a fantastic co-worker. I am extremely happy to know her not just as a colleague, but also as a friend. In addition, I would like to thank our board members for their help and support.

Now it’s time to enjoy our summer vocation and welcome new trainees in the Autumn 2020! I am positive, that they will do a great job and have an amazing time.

I am sure we will meet again and, in the meantime, if you would like to keep in touch, please connect with me on LinkedIn!

FBCC Spring 2020 Trainee Anna’s Halfway Greetings

Greetings from Tampere, Finland! I’m Anna, one of the Marketing and Event coordinators for Spring 2020. Time has passed by so quickly and it’s time for my halfway post already.

Due to the situation with Covid-19 I had to return back to Finland and now continue working remotely from home. It was a difficult decision to leave London, since I had grown fond of the city and the international working environment. Despite that, I’m glad to be closer to my loved ones and friends.

My internship kicked off with the Nordic M&A Forum organised by the Swedish Chamber of Commerce, that the FBCC and other Nordic Chambers supported. I was glad to get right to it and to meet new people and other trainees during first days of my internship. In addition, as part of the FBCC team, I got to organise great events like the Linkedin – How to Reach the Business Decision Maker Online, Taking Your Communications to the Next Level Workshop and March Nordic Drinks. All the live events gave me a great opportunity to develop myself in all aspects of event organising. I am happy to have had a chance to network and create new connections at these events.

For me, the most interesting event we organised was the Focus on Sustainability: Building Sustainable Solutions- Working Towards a World That Lasts Forever event with Outokumpu at the Finnish Residence. The event focused on sustainability and using sustainable solutions in building process, and how stainless steel can solve many current issues in water distribution, architecture and infrastructure. 

The current global situation has made us change our daily working routines and adapt to the new ways of doing things. We had to evolve quickly in this fast-moving environment. I have learned a lot during this time, especially how to work as a team while practicing social distancing. We are moving forward, innovating our activities and adapting to this new situation. We have already organised fantastic webinars and hopefully soon we can get back to live events too.

I am thankful for all of my experiences at the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce so far and for all the people I got to meet and work with during my short stay in London. I look forward for the rest of my internship, meeting new people virtually and organising more excellent events.

Stay safe and healthy, see you soon at our upcoming events!

Anna | FBCC

FBCC Spring 2020 Trainee Lotta’s Halfway Greetings

Greetings from Finland. Due to the situation with coronavirus, I have traveled back home and continued working remotely from Helsinki. Although leaving London was a hard decision to make, it’s good to be close to my family and friends during these times. However, I look forward to returning to London sooner or later.

The first three months have gone past incredibly fast. The year kicked off with the Economic Update with Nordea. In addition, we organised some interesting workshops, such as the Linkedin – How to Reach the Business Decision Maker Online and the Taking Your Communications to the Next Level Workshops. We also organised the Focus on Sustainability: Building Sustainable Solutions- Working towards a World That Lasts Forever event with Outokumpu that brought together more than 80 people from the industry including key decision makers in infrastructure, architecture and politicsNot to mention the Nordic Drinks at Maggie’s Club and at the Finnish Institute.

As live events are not possible currently, we are in a unique situation. Although these times are hard, in my point of view, they also bring us possibilities to develop ourselves. For instance, at the FBCC, we have already organised our first ever webinars and are constantly planning new kinds of events that we can organise online.

I am very grateful for the events I got to experience and the great people I got to meet before I left London, such as FBCC members, other trainees in London and of course my colleagues Emma and Anna. In addition, I have already developed my professional skills. For instance, I have learnt about social media marketing and event management. I have also developed my networking skills. I look forward to developing my skills even further and meeting new people and building my network online.

I look forward to seeing what the second half of my internship holds for me. Stay safe and healthy!

New Trainee at the FBCC

The FBCC welcomes a new addition to the team for the Spring 2020 period. Please welcome Anna!

Anna joined our team last Wednesday. She is studying languages and translation in Tampere University specializing in judicial interpretation and her working languages are Russian and Finnish. Anna has always enjoyed an international environment and is highly excited for the opportunity to work for the Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce in London. Anna has a passion for organising and coordinating events and has administrated and coordinated variety of social events for unique quiz concept in Tampere and Finnish music festivals all around Finland.

Anna wants to learn more about Finnish businesses in UK, marketing and networking. She is excited to meet all the friends and members of the Chamber!

GOODBYE FROM FBCC AUTUMN 2019 TRAINEE Jade

My time at the FBCC has come to an end and I thought I’d like to share some of my thoughts with all of you. I cannot believe how fast these past six months have gone by and it is already time for me to leave. However, I’ve decided to stay in London and continue working on my bachelor’s thesis and the search of my dream job.

My goals in the beginning were to learn more about marketing and event organizing, and to build my own business network. Honestly, I feel like I’ve achieved so much more than that. This traineeship has truly been life changing. I’ve not just acquired a broad experience from various responsibilities, but I’ve also found more direction to my future career.

Working as a part of a small team has probably been one of the greatest benefits, as it has enabled me to learn so much in such a short time frame. For instance, I’ve gained valuable experience from digital marketing, event organizing and bookkeeping and learnt how to use various software. However, what I find the most valuable, has been the opportunity to build my own business network throughout the Finnish-British and Nordic business communities.

I’d like to express my warmest thanks to everyone, members and friends, who have been part of my journey here, it has been an absolute pleasure to work together with you and I hope I’ll continue seeing you in the FBCC events in the future as well.

For 2020, I am more than excited to see where the FBCC will go, and I’m sure the team will continue doing exciting things and delivering high-quality events for the FBCC membership with the new trainees starting after me.

Finally, I’d like to thank my manager Emma and my previous colleague Maria. My experience of moving to London, starting a new job and adapting to the life here would not have been the same without you. I’m so happy that we’ve not only worked closely together, but also become lifelong friends. I hope we’ll stay in touch and celebrate each other’s birthdays in the future too!

If you’d like to keep in touch, please connect with me on LinkedIn and feel free to leave a message.

It is not a goodbye, it is see you soon!

New Trainee at the FBCC

The FBCC welcomes a new addition to the team for the Spring 2020 period. Please welcome Lotta!

Lotta just finished her Bachelor’s degree in International Business from Aalto University School of Business. Before coming to London, she completed her exchange period in Glasgow, Scotland. During her semester in Scotland, Lotta noticed possibilities for Finnish companies to enter to the UK market and thus her goal is to learn more about Finnish companies’ international growth. She is looking forward to developing her networking skills and learning more about event management. Lotta is very excited to attend all the upcoming events and work for the FBCC!

 

Goodbye from FBCC Autumn 2019 trainee Maria

Sadly, my traineeship at the FBCC is coming to an end and I’ll be heading back to Helsinki to work on my master’s thesis and will continue working within the B2B events field. Before I go, I’d like to reflect a little bit on my experience here at the chamber.

The six months at the chamber passed incredibly fast, yet I learned a lot in that short period. Firstly, I gained practical experience from digital marketing, bookkeeping, event production and many different software during this period. This skill set will prepare me for any role within marketing, events and project management. Secondly and perhaps even more importantly, the traineeship has improved my soft skills. As the trainees represent the chamber in a variety of events, I’ve gotten to develop my confidence in speaking to different kinds of people. Also, working in a small team of three enables you to take ownership of your own projects but also to think like a start-up; each team member does a little bit of everything and if you run into a problem – Google and your colleagues will help! I would recommend this traineeship to anyone who wants to develop their skills extremely fast whilst having a blast.

I’d like to sincerely thank all the members and friends of the FBCC for these months and for making my experience in London so unforgettable. It’s these invaluable contacts that make the chamber so fantastic – in today’s digital world these face-to-face contacts and the meaningful relationships we form are vital. I believe that the chamber can continue bringing significant value to its members especially through this aspect.

Finally, I’d like to express my gratitude to our lovely general manager Emma and my fantastic colleague Jade. Emma trusts the trainees’ vision and is always willing to help and give you more responsibility in aspects you want to develop in. My fellow trainee Jade always made me laugh and really uplifted our team with her optimism.

Now it is time to welcome our new trainees for Spring 2020 and I know they will do an excellent job. I’m sure I will be back in London sooner or later – meanwhile, let’s stay connected in LinkedIn!

Finnish-British Chamber of Commerce

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