What have you missed the most up to now?
My commute between Lübeck and Hamburg: on the way there, I had the feeling that I had something to accomplish and, on the way home, that I had accomplished something. Commuting is great and divides the day into work and free time. At the moment, I replace my commute with a jog or working out, so I have some structure.
Do you feel like you’re missing out on part of your training?
I thought at the beginning, “OK, now I’ll learn the basics.” But now I’m starting to worry more that, at some point, I will lack the practical experience. It’s high time that I oversee real events and not just enter booth registrations into the computer system that, a few weeks later, just have to be deleted anyway.
Did you have any second thoughts about your career choice?
My friends often ask me if I feel like the concept of a trade fair is still viable, with everything having gone digital. To be honest, I don’t even understand the question! It’s most easily understood using the example of a soccer game: it’s a totally different experience to watch a game on TV versus live in the stadium. The difference is even more extreme for trade fairs.
You can find a video on training under coronavirus conditions here.
The video is only available in German.
Highest Honor for Training at HMC
With its induction into the Hall of Fame of the best training companies in the city, Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH was honored – at the end of 2020, a year dominated by the pandemic and lockdowns – with an outstanding award for its high-quality training for decades. At the end of the year, it was named one of Hamburg’s best training business in 2021. HMC had already received this distinction in 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2019, which ensured its induction into the Hall of Fame with its fifth title.
“Hamburgs beste Ausbildungsbetriebe” – “Hamburg’s best training companies,” a competition that is based on an academic study – was developed by HR expert Professor Werner Sarges, who surveys, among others, the trainees of the participating companies as well as the employees of those companies responsible for trainees. So the high level of satisfaction of entry-level employees of HMC with their training also contributed to the high marks.