4 reasons why you shouldn’t miss International Business Week 2017
Learn more about opportunities in the international business sector at the International Business Week Career Showcase.
International Business Week, hosted by the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) October 15 – 21, 2017, is a staple on the local calendar.
As Barbados continues to confront major economic challenges, the international business sector holds a key role of improving Barbados’ prospects by leveraging successes in the outside world.
The international business sector employs Barbadians across a range of professional fields and if you have ever wondered whether there is a place for you, then you should not miss the opportunity to learn more during the many activities scheduled for International Business Week 2017.
A wide range of activities provide opportunities for career development and networking, community building and discovery of key developments to keep participants on the leading edge of this major economic sector.
Here are four events you won’t want to miss:
1. Public Discussion Forum (October 17) | Grande Salle, 7 p.m.
Come engage with professionals in stimulating and informed perspectives on the extremely timely theme of ‘Thriving in Crisis’, looking at how small and medium enterprises can thrive in difficult times.
Speakers include Mr Tom Hall, CEO of Williams Industries; Mr Khalil Bryan, Co-founder of Caribbean Transit Solutions (BeepCab and BeepBus); Ms Lisa Cummins, Executive Director of UWI Consulting; and Mr. Jeremy Stephen, Economist and Lecturer in Banking & Finance at The UWI.
Pro Tip: Dress for the occasion!
Don’t leave home without a jacket or a pair of comfortable, but professional shoes during International Business Week. That way, no matter how your day goes, you can quickly be ready for a long work day that might require you to go straight from work to professional events or to be on your feet for a long time.
As for the BIBA Charity Fun Walk/Run, make sure you register early so you can get your t-shirt and ensure your sneakers are a comfortable fit!
2. Careers Showcase (October 18) | Guild Lawn, UWI Cave Hill, 1 – 6 p.m.
Young people need every competitive edge they can get in this global economy. Successful career planning starts long before exam results are back. The Careers Showcase highlights the diverse professional opportunities offered with the sector from banking and law to media.
It is designed to prepare young people readying themselves to enter the workforce or pursue university or professional courses.
Pro Tip: Present a professional image!
Come prepared with copies of your updated CV! In addition, ensure your online presence is well-organised and up-to-date, including current contact details. Sometimes business cards are misplaced, but if you made a great impression people will usually still look you up online. So ensure your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn pages, as well as website, match up to the impression you gave at the event.
3. International Business Conference (October 19 – 20) | LESC, 8:30 a.m.
Come hear from expert presenters from the UK, USA and Barbados as they address the theme, ‘Prospering In The Technological Era: Innovate, Integrate, Motivate’.
Presenters include Mr. Sanjay Joshi, Head of Fixed Income, London & Capital, U.K.; Mr. Carlton Cummins, Co-Founder, Aceleron Ltd, U.K.; Mr. Niel Harper, Senior Manager, Next Generation Leaders Programmes, Internet Society, USA and Dr. DeLisle Worrell, Economic and Financial Consultant, Barbados.
Delve into some of these topics:
Artificial Intelligence: Is it Bad for Business?
The Future of Work: Technology and Humanity
Developed Market Debt is Rising — What are the Global Implications?
Successful Economic Adjustment in Small Economies: Four Recent Examples
Pro Tip: Have your ‘elevator pitch’ ready!
There will be plenty of networking opportunities during International Business Week. Make sure you are prepared to give anyone you interact with a quick summary of yourself, your professional activities and your game plan. Make sure you are listening intently to what others are saying as well – everyone you engage is a potential client, partner or mentor!
4. BIBA Charity Fun Walk/Run (October 21) | Pirate’s Cove, Bay Street, 3:30 p.m.
Join the hundreds who turn out annually for this heart-healthy event which involves a brisk 5- kilometre walk or run circuit, starting and ending at Pirate’s Cove, Bay Street, followed by a relaxing cool-down with old and new friends.
This year the Charity is focusing on raising funds for much-needed equipment for the Eunice Gibson Polyclinic and has so far donated two auto claves used to sterilise all of the medical equipment used at the polyclinic.
Pro Tip: Capitalise on the social setting!
The relaxed atmosphere of the BIBA Charity 5K Fun Walk/Run is a great environment to break the ice with others whom you may have not had a chance to meet during the preceding activities.
For the full list of activities for International Business Week 2017, visit: www.ibw.biba.bb