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City work experience helps prepare business students get career ready

City work experience helps prepare business students get career ready

Students from Blackpool Sixth’s business and finance courses have been finding out about potential career opportunities with a visit to top accountancy firm KPMG in Manchester.

The students met employees across different divisions of the business and found out about potential career choices as part of the college’s Career Ready strand.

Leah Pendlebury, 17, who is studying double BTEC business and finance, said: “We met different employees who had started from different areas, one employee hadn’t achieved any GCSEs but worked their way up and another person had gone to university to study history and started at the firm.

“We then took part in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style task in groups thinking of a new idea to get technology in a business, followed by a presentation for the winners.”

Sarah Whittaker, business and finance tutor, said: “The Career Ready group is really to encourage students to make future connections with employers and widen their horizons of possible job opportunities and university courses across the UK.”

“It gives us lots of opportunity to visit lots of businesses and experience the working world,” said Leah. “We got to see how there are different areas to work in and at KPMG we saw how every day can be different, meeting clients and no day is ever the same.”

Leah has been inspired to consider working in finance and take an apprenticeship route into work.