Picture the scene. A warm and sunny Monday morning and a campus looking fantastic in the sunshine. Careers Network staff walking from the University Centre, past the gleaming Old Joe and setting up for the day at the Birmingham Business School. After last year’s highly successful Secrets to Success with Moonpig.com founder Nick Jenkins (who has incidentally now found fame as a BBC Dragon’s Den judge) it was time again to enjoy this popular Working Wonders event (#WorkingWonders).
At the stroke of 11am our first guests arrived into the atrium of the building, collected their welcome packs before being treated to some fantastic talks by local entrepreneurs. Vanita Parti talked about her secrets to success with her company “blinkbrowbar”, Daniel Bridgewater demonstrated his achievements and showed how a “normal” guy could achieve success, make a difference and meet Prince Charles. Aston alumnus Mike Bandar also returned to the University of Birmingham to talk about his success after creating different companies within the region. The attendees asked all the entrepreneurs some searching questions during the Q&A sessions before being treated to a networking lunch inside the atrium. It was a great chance to speak to the morning speakers as well as New Street Records who came in to showcase their achievements while studying at the University. After lunch, attendees were given the chance to attend an enterprise workshop (Careers Network) or learn how to ‘find your strengths’ by guest employer Ernst & Young. Ed Sainsbury also gave a talk about his project Adopt a Charity.