Raising aspirations for business studies

Enhancing the school curriculum, networking, exploring business topics, supporting interest and raising aspirations for business studies are just some reasons for creating a business conference for secondary schools and this spring I was lucky enough to be part of one of the most inspiring events held by Futures and Plymouth Business School. In this year’s outstandingly successful business conference Dr Hilary Duckett, the director of Plymouth Business School, talked about the latest developments in leadership studies and took us a journey through over two centuries of leadership. She also talked about the Farm Shop Project in Kenya that aims to develop a sustainable farming network and support entrepreneurship with the ultimate goal of helping around 100,000 farming households out of poverty in Kenya’s Kiambu County and adjacent areas. The project is funded by Comic Relief and overseen by Plymouth University and Duchy College.

Alison Theaker from The Spark delivered a workshop about effective communication through which pupils developed various tools for improving their communication skills. The highlight of the day was when alumni and Managing Director of OhSoChimp, Jon Catney inspired us all and triggered lively discussion and intriguing questions with a talk on how to run and expand a business and overcome business obstacles that all entrepreneurs encounter at some point in their entrepreneurial journey.

The afternoon was buzzing with excitement and energy due to Dr Panagiotis Tziogkidis’s workshop about economics and market functions. The activity involved pupils in fictional trading, selling, reporting, negotiating and budgeting. Pupils were offered an insight into the economics of the world as well as into individual countries showing the complexity and implications of economic decisions in the world of business.

During the day pupils had a chance to learn about various business degrees, network with student ambassadors, learn about a placement year and university life in general.

In the Words of Debrah Harris from Lipson Co-Operative Academy  thank you all for the brilliant day we had at the University last week, my students enjoyed spending the day with you and the speakers; they took a lot away with them. It was both interesting and informative giving them a lot to think and talk about.


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