On October 2nd and 3rd AmCham Hungary took part in the HVG Állásbörze-- one of Hungary’s largest career fairs, organized annually in the Papp László Budapest Sport Arena. Among the all-day workshops and over 200 exhibitions, AmCham promoted the interests of its members by holding panel discussions delving into the mystery behind the “Business Services Sector” (BSS).
The BSS is composed of multinational companies operating HR, marketing, sales, supply-chain, finance, and IT support from branches throughout the world. In Hungary there are over 110 regional and global business service centers employing almost 50,000 people. These centers include companies from nearly every industry that situate business services in branches according to geographic location or organizational functions. (https://bsshungary.com/)
At the career fair, five discussion panels of about five to six individuals each addressed a different theme regarding this sector; speakers included employees ranking from CEOs to interns, all sharing their personal perspectives and insights on life in the BSS. AmCham members jointly organized these BSS panels, and they continue to work together in promoting the sector with the strategic partner support of the Debrecen Business Service Centers and HOA.
The five panels focused on different aspects of the BSS, however, discussions were entirely spontaneous and were more oriented towards what the individuals speaking—working members of the BSS community—could offer. After all, the main aim of these discussions was to be both informative as well as personal so that young, interested, potential employees roaming the job fair could relate them and educate themselves.
The first discussion was titled “Uncovering the mystery of BSS! 5 things you didn’t know about the business services sector”. They spoke of what positions are available, the meaning of various abbreviations, and the biggest surprises they encountered in the sector.
The second panel highlighted self-development prospects available to those in BSS, “Taking advantage of opportunities in BSS!”. Furthering education courses were described along with the multitude of training programs within companies.
From left to right: Barbara Berentés (BT), Péter Csucska (Lexmark), Ákos Lengyel (Albemarle), Cintia Torma (NI), Noémi Szabó (Thermo Fisher Scientific), Anita Szabó (Eaton), Balázs Gál (Citi), Klaudia Cseh (BP)
The next panel, called “From the foosball table to the bean bag—what do we think is a good working environment?”, paid special attention to the features of an office (either tangible or not) that make work enjoyable. Speakers pointed out that modern offices exist in Hungary as well, equipped with all the comforts found in workspaces abroad—especially in the business services sector.
Another panel explored the possibilities of flexible employment agreements like working from home or part-time: “What’s important to you? Flexibility and home-office opportunities”. Moreover, they spoke of how BSS work is based on personal achievements—not the number of hours spent in front of a computer.
Moreover, they spoke of how BSS work is based on personal achievements—not the number of hours spent in front of a computer.
The last panel explored the multicultural environment BSS provides. Titled, “(Coloroful+inspiring+community)3 Work abroad from home!” the discussion focused on the slew of languages, cultures, and even scents of food in the kitchen that one will inevitably encounter in the BSS workplace.