At Hexagon Geosystems, we take the opportunity to support our local communities wherever possible. Recently, we had the pleasure to host a group of students from Kantonsschule Heerbrugg at our Heerbrugg offices as part of an information and communication exchange. The Kantonsschule is comprised of students between approx. 14 and 19 years of age, which prepares students for university/college studies in Switzerland.
The English Forum event was attended by Prof. Patrick Strickler, who is responsible for the institution’s English department, the Kantonsschule students, and native English speakers working at our company. Our exchange with the students was based around the following:
- An opportunity for students to use their Business English skills to interact with business professionals in a commercial environment
- Present an overview of the Hexagon and Leica Geosystems businesses, our solutions and our people
- Share information on job profiles within our organisation and further studies they could undertake which would prepare them for a career with our company
- Roundtable discussions where students could find out more about:
- our employees’ use of English in the workplace, in their daily work routines,
- what it is like to live and work in Switzerland, having originated from a different country and culture, and
- what we enjoy about living in Switzerland and what we miss from our native homes.
Prof. Strickler indicated the students gained a lot from the experience, and gauging from the lively exchange we had during the event, we were very impressed with their Business English skills.
We would like to thank Monica Meni and Catherine Berner for their support in organising this initiative. I would also like to personally offer my appreciation to Craig Hill, Tony Clear and Monica Miller-Rodgers for volunteering their time to support this initiative, and for co-hosting this function with me. I think we all enjoyed the experience.