Careers Networking Event hailed a huge success !

Christ’s Hospital is one of the partner schools of the Company of Entrepreneurs. Established in 1552, the school is unique in its mission to challenge inequality through transformative education. Supporting over 650 disadvantaged young people through substantial bursaries, the school places a major focus on equipping its pupils for their careers.

Interaction with professionals from a range of career fields is central to ensuring Christ’s Hospital pupils have the insight they need to inform their career choices. One such interaction took place on 5th March 2021 – an online Careers Networking Evening for Year 12 pupils with professionals from 12 different career areas, including a group for Entrepreneurship.

The Company of Entrepreneurs was represented on the evening by David Mellor, who as the main contact with Christ’s Hospital has developed a deep understanding of the school’s mission and is who is regularly impressed by the entrepreneurial mind-set of the pupils. Joining David in the hot seat was Sam Bass, a young alumnus of Christ’s Hospital now living near Brisbane in Australia. Sam has rapidly become a serial entrepreneur, with his first venture being a team sports participation membership (SportUp) which has attracted over 6,000 members.

Following a brief insight into David and Sam’s entrepreneurial journey, the evening focused on the many business ventures that the pupils had established or were in the process of creating. From specialist hair products to production of apps and trading Lego, the range of the pupils’ enterprises was inspiring. With David and Sam’s business and mentoring experience on hand the session became highly interactive. Pupils explored the barriers they had faced in bringing products to market; how and when to engage a mentor; how to manage enterprises when other priorities such as exams demanded attention and many other topics. In each case the advice from David and Sam was both enormously encouraging and added further to the pupils’ motivation. This was particularly the case with one pupil who faced the challenge of telling their parent their decision to become an entrepreneur, when their parent had been encouraging them to follow a legal career for most of their life.

With welcome advice and many ideas for new directions in their businesses, the pupils left the networking event full of renewed enthusiasm. For JS the evening was an “extremely insightful session on how a career in entrepreneurship looks! Really inspiring and some top tips that I’ll definitely keep in mind.” For JS there were two main takeaways from the talk – 1) Don’t give your trust away too easily and, 2) Time management is essential – control the business, don’t let the business control you.

JB wrote, “Thank you for organising the Entrepreneurship event and allowing us to have such a special opportunity. I learnt it is always worth trying new things, as there are more options in life if you search for them. Also, it is important to control your emotions and make amendments where needed if your idea for business is not going well.”

Finally EM said, “I found the session extremely useful as it helped me to gain a clear idea of what entrepreneurship is all about. What I enjoyed most about the session was hearing and learning about the speakers’ own experiences in the world of entrepreneurship, as this helped me to understand the skills and mind-set needed to become a successful entrepreneur.”

Christ’s Hospital is extremely grateful for the continued support of the Company of Entrepreneurs, which is making such a difference for its pupils.

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