What is your full name?My name is Sarah Louise Johnson.
What should I call you?You can call me Sarah.
Can I see your identification, please?Yes, of course, here’s my ID card.
Do you work or study?I work. I’m a supply chain manager for a multinational company.
How did you decide to do this job?
My current position was obtained through a recruitment consultant in the agency I was registered with. They informed me about the vacancy and asked me if I would like to apply for it and take part in the selection process.
What job would you like to do in the future?
Actually, I’m thinking of starting an MBA next year as part of this plan – to broaden my knowledge and experience. So when I’ve completed it I’ll probably consider looking at alternative careers for the future.
Do you like chocolates? Why? Why not?
Did you ever receive chocolates as a gift in your childhood?
Do you give chocolates as a gift to other people?
I usually get her some chocolates at least a couple of times a year, either for her birthday or another special event and sometimes just because I’ll be going to visit here and maybe haven’t seen her for a long time.
Why are chocolates important to people?
It’s difficult to explain why they’re important – I mean what would people do if there was no chocolate in the world? I guess we’d all learn to live without it pretty quickly. Personally, because I’m not a big fan of chocolates – they’re not really important to me, but I can understand if someone else loves them then enjoying chocolates would be something important for them.
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We started off by choosing a theme, and then worked on selecting the color scheme for the venue, dresses and everything else at the venue. I helped her choose her wedding dress and also the dresses for the bridesmaids, and arranged the various fitting sessions with the dressmaker.
The wedding was in an castle, a local historic site which is open to the public, which was a spectacular venue, and the wedding reception was in a local hotel later in the day.
There were also a host of other thing to organize, such as the catering for the event, music and the logistics. I had to plan for family members coming from other parts of the country, and some from other countries, so I had to arrange for a local hotel to accommodate some people and others stayed with family members here.
I also had to organize the photographer and videographer to capture the day’s events and special moments. This took quite a long time trying to select the best people for the job, but eventually I found a couple who were excellent. We had various meetings with them before the day of the wedding to discuss exactly what my sister wanted, and they did a super job on the day, and the video they produced of the wedding was just amazing!
The whole process was exhausting, and took several months to get everything organized for the big day. But, fortunately, everything went really well on the day and there were no problems – it was a super special day, one that we’ll all remember forever.
Overall, it was successful because on the day everything was just perfect – and there were no last minute problems to spoil my sister’s special day.
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What are some of the risks involved in organizing an event?
Other risks could be that vendors or suppliers don’t show up or don’t provide the service agreed. I suppose as well there’s always the risk that something unforeseen happens and spoils the event, such as an accident or a piece of equipment fails – I was at a party recently and the music just suddenly stopped and they couldn’t fix it, something had happened to the sound system – and to be honest it ruined what started off as a great party.
Why do some people seem to like taking more risks than others?
Do you think people take more risks now than in the past?
We make decisions and almost all decisions carry some degree of risk – you either make a good decision or a bad decision and sometimes the consequences can be serious. Even choosing a career, or a life partner, where to live, buying a car, buying a house, etc. all these things have some element of risk attached to them – and those risks were the same for our parents and probably our grandparents, so there are many risks that haven’t changed.
How important are organizational skills in running your own business?
When running a business it’s essential to be organized because if you’re not, you can end up losing money and your business could fail. There are various aspects to a business including marketing, finance, sales, production and it’s critical to stay on top of them all so that your business is a success.
What are the benefits and risks of owning your own business?
It might be a lot of hard work, in fact I think that most business owners probably work longer hours than employees do, but at the end of the day it’s their business, it’s their future, and their success or failure based on their own efforts.
As for the risks – there are plenty. You need to compete with other companies, provide quality products or services, and be able to finance your business until it grows sufficiently and becomes stable.
I think the important thing is that there are always risks, but the nature of the risk might change over time. For example, in the first couple of years of your own business the biggest risk might be the business failing because you don’t have a good enough cash flow or large enough customer base.
Years later the risk may be more from competitors and changes in the market or consumer trends which threaten your business. You constantly have to be assessing risks and evaluating their impact so that you can mitigate them. I don’t think it ever stops.
Even large multinational companies face risks all the time, but the nature of the risks is usually different from those a small business just starting up would face.