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Date Posted: 3 August 2015
Chloe - aged 17, EY Foundation Smart Futures student 2015
Chloe is 17 – she talks about the importance of paid business work experience for young people and what she got out of the EY Foundation’s Smart Futures programme …
I’m Chloe, I’m from Greenock, near Glasgow, and I want to be a businesswoman.
It’s hard to get part time work experience when you’re still at school - everyone wants you to have experience already. Luckily I heard about the EY Foundation Smart Futures* programme through my school – I study at Inverclyde Academy. It’s a ten month programme starting with three weeks paid business work experience in the summer.
I studied lots of different subjects last year [Fifth Year in Scotland/ Year 12 in England and Wales] as I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I hoped to find out more about business on the programme and I did that.
Because of Smart Futures I’m now picking business and accounting subjects this year, as I know I want a career in business.
I enjoyed the whole programme; I really can’t pick a favourite part. I met a good group of people and made new friends and we’ve been meeting up throughout the summer. I got to work in the student recruitment team at EY and also got to meet different businesses. I enjoyed the independence I had. I’ve learnt it’s good to question and to be confident in putting my ideas forward. I have also gained confidence in presenting and I was even able to complete a newsletter during my work experience - I’m really proud of that.
My Smart Futures mentor, Margaret, is supporting me throughout the next 10 months - I think it’s really important in the last year of school to have someone to talk to about all the decisions you have to make – there are so many.
In my opinion, it’s important for more businesses to give opportunities like this to young people as after all we’re the next generation, and one day we’ll be working to pay for them!