Throughout the first half of this term students from across London have come in their droves, ties straightened and shirts tucked in to experience the first round of Working in the City workshops run by The Brokerage. Students aged 14-19 were invited to come and experience working life in the city and have a sneak preview into what they can expect from roles in the future.
In this, the first of a two part workshop, students were taken to see the inner workings of some of the biggest banks, consultancies and law firms in the world including the Bank of England, HSBC, Clifford Chance, UBS, and Broadgate Estates. Walking round the impressive business venues was described as ‘an incredible once in a lifetime experience’ and really set the tone for some excellent workshops. Students took part in a presentation providing an insight into the industries and businesses that operate within The City of London. Many eyes were opened to the hundreds of roles that are available in the city, not just front office jobs but also the back office roles which keep businesses together.
After some time spent practicing the perfect handshake and armed with a barrage of questions, students were given the opportunity to network with volunteers who worked in the host company. Volunteers were fountains of knowledge and together formed a wealth of experience of different roles and areas of business including; human resources, IT, hospitality, maintenance, front office and senior management. Through their discussions the students learnt about the entry routes into the City, gathered information on the qualifications they may need for different roles and obtained practical advice on how to succeed in interviews and presentations. Volunteers were open about their personal experiences and happy to share their knowledge which made it easy for the students to relate to and visualise themselves in similar positions.
Across the workshops so far, 81% of students expressed that they were now interested in having a City career in the future, one student from The Charter School commented ‘the volunteers were nice and reassuring, talking to them made the choice of what I’m going to do when I’m older, even broader’ .
The students weren’t the only ones to enjoy the experiences, after their grilling from the students the volunteers found that the workshops were ‘really beneficial as it’s always nice to get feedback from youngsters and you learn a lot by being questioned’.
Students will return in the next half of the term to complete part two of the Working in the City workshops where they will explore the skills and attributes employers are looking for in prospective employees and take part in our infamous trading game!
You can find out more about workshops delivered by the Brokerage in the School Team Annual Review.