Professionals at being social

Taking the lead: Queenstown Young Professionals committee members Maura Harper, Megan Wallace, Hayley Metcalf, and Anne Marie Campbell

For those starting out in their careers, networking and building a good social circle is increasingly important. For 10 years, Queenstown Young Professionals have been helping resort workers do just that. Daisy Hudson reports.

Queenstown can be an isolating place.

With a large transient population, people coming and going constantly, a common complaint amongst newcomers is that it’s hard to meet people and make connections.

That was one of the reasons Joel Peasey decided to start Queenstown Young Professionals (QYP), which celebrates its 10th birthday this year.

“There wasn’t really anything for people my age then,” he says.

“People wanted a bit of professional development, a social scene. People were crying out for stuff.”

The group started with 150 members. It’s now grown to about 180, with more people joining every month.

A new committee came on board at the start of last year, focusing on three elements: education, social, and inspiration.

Committee member Hayley Metcalf says that’s to encourage different types of people to get along to events.

As well as end-of-month drinks and other social events, like last week’s wine bootcamp at Kinross, there’s educational events like seminars on boosting financial wellbeing, and inspiring guest speakers.

The culmination of the year is the annual ball on June 1, which will take on extra significance as it marks a decade of QYP.


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