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My expectation of a business trip was that it would be confined to a tight schedule, multiple workshops, opportunities to sightsee and, most importantly,opportunities to network. However, as a “newbie”of the Westminster Business Consultants (WBC), I had never actually experienced such a business trip before, and I was really excited and optimistic for what JADE Spring Meeting 2014 (JSM 2014) in Brussels had to offer.

I enjoyed the visit to Parliament, with many amazing speakers that motivated me. One guest speaker’s profound words in moved me, saying:

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

This phrase allowed me to reflect on what I have achieved so far and my regrets as well . I also began to ponder about what I would like to achieve for my future, and how I can contribute more to society.

I have met the most incredible people from all over the world, we have shared our professional knowledge, we made new friendships and we had an enjoyable time together. In my opinion, the most memorable event was the Gala Dinner, the atmosphere was indescribable, and it was electrifying to meet and converse with everyone.

Everything that I expected before going to Brussels was fulfilled. I enjoyed every moment of Brussels and being with all of my colleagues. One thing that I would change would be that all the junior enterprises in attendance would all stay at the same hotel, if it was possible to find a big enough hotel in the area!

I have developed both professionally and personally by attending this conference. I have enhanced my knowledge of entrepreneurial skills for career enhancement, how to pitch, how to expand to the international market and how to turn candidates into project managers within a few weeks. Personally, I have become a more confident individual, specifically at networking with prospective clients and colleagues.

Additionally, by having so many nationalities in this meeting, I have enhanced my understanding of cultural diversity. It was truly an honour to meet everyone and collaborate with them. The next meeting is this summer in Geneva and I expect the same level of enthusiasm and commitment that emanating from JSM 2014. Furthermore, we must always remember the JADE motto: “TOGETHER WE GROW”.

JADE Spring Meeting 2014

JADE Spring Meeting 2014

By: Jana Skinjova, Westminster Business Consultant