Personal advancement workshop has been held for SPIEF volunteers

Mars experts, representatives of Roscongress foundation and St. Petersburg State University talked to the students about the possibilities of personal and professional growth.

On May 26, a seminar for volunteers that will help organizers of St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) took place in the Institute of Earth sciences of St. Petersburg State University. More than 100 people took part in the event. In total, about 1000 volunteers will be engaged at the SPIEF.

The seminar became part of the cooperative program of Roscongress and Mars company that became a sponsor of the volunteer program of the forum this year. Elena Pakhomova, Senior Manager for personnel and organizational development of Wrigley, has noted that volunteer programs are part of the company’s philosophy. For many years, Mars has been implementing programs of aid to animal shelters, support of local communities and the improvement of oral care knowledge. Besides, thanks to the owned leadership programs, Mars knows how to develop real leaders and is willing to share this knowledge with the volunteers of the forum. “Volunteers as an audience have been chosen not randomly – these are the most active students that are willing to work at the largest Russian economic forum, learn something new, learn how to work in a team instead of just having fun. Our task is not just to inspire the students before the beginning of the forum, but also to give them knowledge that they will be able to use for career building after the forum itself will be over”, she noted.

Elena Pakhomova also noted that in the future Mars will be happy to continue cooperation with SPIEF volunteers the best of which will be able to complete an internship in the company next year. Apart from Elena Pakhomova, the seminar spokespersons were Olga Denisova, manager for strategic planning and productivity enhancement of Mars, Pavel Bragin, company’s production manager, Ekaterina Sagadieva, Head of SPIEF volunteers, and Oleg Zavorotny, Director of the Volunteers’ Center of St. Petersburg State University.

In their speeches they noted that in order to build a new career, it is necessary to develop such qualities as self-criticism and capacity for self-study, curiosity and spacious mind, ability to find a way out even from the most complicated situations, empathy, love towards risk and thirst for experiments, result-orientedness. Through personal examples they explained how these qualities can be developed.