Behind the scenes of a CEO’s life

Following on from the great success of our volunteer day last November which was organised in partnership with jINC, Turner & Townsend Amsterdam recently participated in the charity’s latest initiative: “Tomorrow’s CEO” (Baas van morgen).

Together with around 100 other companies, including Philips, TomTom and Albert Heijn, we offered children the opportunity to go behind the scenes and get a sense of what a typical day is like for a  CEO. This initiative aims to familiarise children from socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods with the job market and to provide a basic understanding of what it takes to work for a global company.

Marvin Vos, Real Estate Director at Turner & Townsend Netherlands, was shadowed by 11-year olds Jihane and Sigmund from the primary school ’het Samenspel’ in Southeast  Amsterdam, with whom he shared example situations of his work day. Hands on experience prompted questions from the children such as: ‘How do you prepare for a meeting with one of your suppliers?’ ‘What happens if a client calls you with some last minute budget changes?’ ‘What is a team building event?’

Jihane and Sigmund handled all the challenges with great passion and came up with some fantastic ideas to solve typical daily challenges. Towards the end of their visit, they were rewarded with a trip up to the 32nd floor of the Rembrandt tower to take in the fantastic view of Amsterdam and the surrounding area.

The ‘baas van morgen’ experience ended with a ‘press conference’ meeting with the other participating companies at the KPMG office in Amsterdam. The children got the chance to share their impressions of the morning and were able to give feedback to their CEO’s.

Jihane said that she particularly liked being in our office and she felt that people really wanted to talk to her and explain what they do also, sitting behind a director’s desk was a cool experience.

Marvin Vos commented: “It is important for us as a company to support our local community as best as we can. The professional way jINC organised this initiative enabled us to share our enthusiasm for our company and what we do on a daily basis with young people.”

jINC is a charity in the Netherlands that believes everyone should have equal opportunities when entering the labour market. They inspire children and young people from socio-economically disadvantaged neighbourhoods to develop life and career aspirations through gaining a better understanding of the world of work.