Over the summer holidays 3 students from OSFC joined 19 other high flyers from across Manchester in the highly competitive Ernst & Young Smart Futures scheme. This 10 month scheme involves 3 weeks paid work experience, followed by a 10 month mentoring programme with an EY Foundation mentor.
After being introduced to the scheme by our Business and Law department, our students had their first taste of today’s competitive job market with Smart Futures’ application process and telephone interview. Our 3 successful students (Raheem Yousaf, Noor Irfan and Zaynah Anjam) began their 3 weeks work experience by visiting various businesses across Manchester to see how they run. Our students were then put to work with various apprenticeship and Dragons’ Den style tasks. For Raheem this was the highlight of his work experience as he was tasked to design an app for Rio 2016 and then pitch this to 4 dragons, including executives from the Manchester Evening News and Dom McGregor, co-founder of Social Chain. Raheem said “it was great experience delivering pitches and really improved my presentation skills; the first one was nerve-wracking but I got better and better over the week”.
During the final week of work experience our students were assigned to a department where they got involved in a project that the company were already working on. Noor gained valuable experience researching software available in the NHS and then presented this information to a software developer at the end of her placement. Noor said, “I found the work experience so informative, not only have I learnt so many new skills and gained confidence, but it has also changed my career plans as I now know all the options available to me on my path to becoming an accountant”. According to Zaynah, “this scheme definitely sets you apart, you get to meet and network with professionals within the Big Four accounting firms, and it’s a huge CV builder; I would definitely recommend it to new students at OSFC”. The scheme continues beyond work experience with regular meetings with an Ernst & Young mentor until May 2017; these mentors will provide support and advice for our lucky students as they begin making important decisions about Higher Education and their careers.
If you’re interested in studying within our Business and Law department and would like the chance to join the EY Smart Futures scheme, come and visit us at our Open Days on Saturday 15 October or Saturday 19 November.
To learn more about Business and Law A Level and BTEC courses at OSFC, or to apply now, please visit www.osfc.ac.uk/courses/business-and-law.