Nervously I walked into 65 London Wall not knowing what to expect from my one week of work experience. However now, three days in, I do. It’s been fantastic.
The very first day I was with Rosa (Programme Manager), who was running a workshop with a group of year ten students from Hampstead School in the incredible PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) Westminster offices. The view from the 9th floor in their luxurious building was a beautiful reprieve from otherwise grumpy London commuters.
The balcony stood overlooking the Thames and the London Eye. Standing tall and dominating the background was the Shard, Tower 42, 30 St Mary Axe (the Gherkin) and The Leadenhall Building (the cheese grater). I oooh and awed and went a little crazy with my phone camera. But still the pictures I took don’t do it justice.
There Rosa explained, in detail, about the four main sectors in the City which are banking, accounting, corporate law and insurance. She then split the group of students and me in four teams, to compete in an Apprentice style challenge, in which we had to create an advertisement for a job.
I spent Tuesday morning with Graham (Recruitment & Alumni Manager) in the beautiful Guildhall, which is situated right in the centre of the City of London, for a careers fair hosted by Inspire. Here I was surrounded by the very established city folk and motivated Year 12 students, where I learnt confidence, determination and dedication are three fundamental qualities needed to be successful, in any field of work. Personally, I consider this event extremely beneficial as it pushed me too leave my comfort zone and talk to people who I did not know and “network”.
I also learnt more about the amazing opportunities The Brokerage offers to students and under graduates and I would advise anyone looking for work experience, but doesn’t have connections to call upon to register with them. They really do provide the pathway.