Testimonial BLCC Traineeship Aug-Dec 2019

Gregoire van Strydonck & Robin Heemskerk

As a BLCC Trainee I have received a very wide range of tasks and responsibilities. I’ve had the chance to learn the do’s & dont’s of event management, built up a website, took care of administrative work, contacted & approached potential new members and sponsors and I have been creating a digital magazine for the Chamber. I also had the opportunity to attend numerous receptions & events myself, which were a perfect opportunities to network and expand our community.

Throughout my traineeship I realized that the communicative and networking aspect was of utmost importance. To back up the BLCC motto which goes as follows: “we serve, link and act” I spent most of my time “serving” the members of the Chamber, as the BLCC is a membership driven organisation. I did this by acting on their requests or by linking them with contacts from our community. The BLCC community being one if its most important assets, and on which I worked on a daily basis.

This Traineeship has given me a very practical and in-depth perspective on many different industries and Business practices. By being exposed to an extensive number of companies from different industries, and individuals ranging from Government officials to CEO’s of big multinationals; often individuals with very interesting backgrounds and fascinating experiences to share, from which I have learnt a lot.

Spending time in Hong Kong for a couple of months also triggered my interest in Asia and has definitely made me realize that this part of the world is like no other. The intensity, drive and work commitment I have noticed and that lives in Hong Kong, inspires and motivates me the push myself for the future.

Grégoire van Strydonck