Visits to Local Businesses
GMW is a great opportunity to connect with the customers and workforce of tomorrow.
Student groups can visit local businesses, their branches or head office to learn about how different departments work, the kind of jobs employees do and which skills are needed. These visits are a great opportunity for youth to learn lessons about creating livelihoods, such as entrepreneurship tips and what it takes to be a good employer and/or employee.
PayPal opened their Amsterdam office to 30 students from the Hermann Wesselink College for a full day of trainings and sessions led by the PayPal team. The aim was to inspire, enable, include and educate today’s youth. These 30 students had a great opportunity to learn about the company, payments, tech and of course the roles and careers of employees. The students were welcomed by PayPal’s Country Manager. After that the students joined for three rounds on different subjects. Inspirational and personal sessions about study and career choices. Tech sessions about online and international payment flows. General sessions about the history and development of money. And last but not least an office tour, knowledge game, ping-pong and fun. This interactive visit gave students the opportunity to gain valuable insights into how the company works, and how different roles and functions work together within PayPal.
During GMW2016 and 2015, the Burberry Amsterdam team welcomed more than 25 students from a local school to their store. The event started off with a quiz about various celebrities’ first jobs to inspire young people and show them that every successful career starts somewhere. Then students were asked to form six groups. Each group had to visit six stops throughout the four floor store. In each stop there were dedicated members of the Burberry team who enthusiastically introduced their work, told a personal story of their career path and answered all the questions the youngsters had. Each stop students learned about different store sections and functions e.g 1) stockroom inventory management, 2) makeup and beauty overview, 3) menswear with knowledge of textile materials, 4) womenswear with an example of their signature product, 5) visual merchandising, and 6) technology. This engaging and interactive approach by the Burberry Amsterdam team made it very exciting and fun for the students!. It gave them an opportunity to learn about a global brand and gain a better understanding of the world of work.
More than 20 students from the Berlage Lyceum visited Tommy Hilfiger’s global head office in Amsterdam. Students were given a unique opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, receive real-life work experience and be inspired to dream big. The event was a collaboration between TommyCares and Child & Youth Finance International. The Director of TommyCares shared insights into his own choices regarding his education and career followed by the story of Tommy Hilfiger’s first entrepreneurial venture. Inspiring Dutch celebrity youth entrepreneur, Jip (18), enthusiastically shared how he started his first charity “Jips Goede Doelen” at age 9 followed by his second profitable venture Brandsfit (formerly JM SportsCompany). Students had a chance to interact with the speakers and ask questions.