Halfway greetings from FBCC Autumn 2019 Trainee Maria

Festive season is upon us and so is the halfway mark of my internship here at the chamber! When I started my internship, I was looking to build my network and challenge myself with the varying work tasks at the chamber. The internship has  exceeded my expectations –  I’ve learned a lot of new skills and developed as a professional.

Our internship started off with a bang with the Crayfish Party in September. Organising the event was an excellent introduction to the work as a trainee as the Crayfish Party is one of the biggest annual events that the chamber organises. Jade and I got to take ownership for all of the visual materials and event logistics involved in the event. To date, we’ve already organised around 10 events ranging from business seminars such as the Nordic Chambers’ Business Forum to social events such as Nordic Drinks. Taking responsibility of the full event life cycle has been rewarding and I’ve definitely developed a keen interest in event planning!

The internship has also proven to be extremely valuable for networking as I’ve got to meet people from diverse industries. It’s been immensely interesting to meet so many of our members and learn about their stories as well as potential and challenges in moving to the Finnish and UK market. It’s been a pleasure to notice that the Finnish ‘brand’ is attractive here in the UK – especially in terms of the Finnish sisu and innovation in fields like clean tech.

Luckily I still have a few months left here at the chamber and I’m excited to see what there is to come. Hopefully I get to meet more of our network in our upcoming events such as the Annual Christmas Lunch!