My first month

We all know how nerve wracking a new job can be. Our new Sales & Events Planner, Nikki, chats through her experience…

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Your first day in a new job can be extremely stressful, especially trying to remember colleague’s names, what their job title is and most importantly where the nearest toilets are! It can also bring on those butterflies in your stomach, like starting a new school when you were younger and thinking “will they like you?” or “who will you sit with at lunch time?”. My first month at BMA House as a Sales and Events Planner was amazing and hands down my best experience of starting in a new company.

In previous jobs the first couple of weeks are usually spent at your desk reading a printed copy of the SLA or contract over 100 times as IT haven’t finished setting up your account or given you access to all the folders you need. This was not the case when I started at BMA House; they were ready and prepared for me and I was ready for them. I had got my priorities straight: I had decided my outfit three days before my start date, a simple black dress that I had worn during my interview, which train I was going to take and which bus stops right outside Tavistock Square (spoiler alert most of them from Waterloo). I was shown to my desk and then introduced to everyone before being whisked away for a tour of the venue and a sit down with my new manager Kat Winfield. What felt like a maze soon started to feel familiar, especially after my HR induction day and finding out where all the departments are located and what their role is at BMA House.

For the first two weeks starting my new job role I wasn’t let loose on answering emails or phones calls, but I was encouraged to browse through the events folders, read template answer emails and look at past proposals. I was also given mini projects, such as create my own folder which would be like my go-to bible full of information about the rooms, flow charts, costings; as well as create my own show round folder and going for walks to look at the spaces we offer. Whenever another colleague of mine had a site visit or an event, I was always asked to join and observe and if I felt comfortable and confident I could join in with talking to clients about the rich history of the venue or where they would have registration desk set up for delegates.

My first month at BMA House has been extremely positive. Everyone I have met has been friendly and welcoming, always happy to answer a question from the newbie. I already feel part of the team and I am looking forward to developing myself within this role and the company, I am excited to see what the future holds.

And to answer the question of “who will you sit with at lunch time?”: The first two weeks into my new role I always had someone with me at lunch so I wasn’t that sad lil’ new girl sitting alone in the canteen and it also provided me with some 1-on-1 time to get to know my fellow team members.

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Written by Nikki Brouwer

Contact us on 020 7874 7020 or email

BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP





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