The School: St. Mary’s and St. John’s

St. Mary’s and St. John’s (known as SMSJ), based in Barnet, are in their fourth year of developing their students enterprise skills. Having already experiencing Lesson-time Projects and Challenge Days in their previous academic year, Year 7 students welcomed the opportunity to show-off their skills in the world of work.

The Business: UBS, London

UBS is a global financial services company, specializing in wealth management, asset management and investment banking. UBS, originally an abbreviation for the Union Bank of Switzerland, can trace its origins to the mid-19th Century. Today, they provide services for private, corporate and institutional clients in over 50 countries. The students were supported throughout the day by three helpful volunteers from different areas of the business including interest rate trading and selling.

The Challenge: Trading Triumphs

The pupils had a tough challenge: could they play the stock market and win? They needed to be Listening Carefully to the information provided and keep Aiming High in order to make their client as much money as possible. With just a few hours of trading time they needed to use all their Problem Solving skills in order to manage the risks involved in the stock market. As the pressure increased as the time ticked on and students were challenged to use skills such as Using Imagination and Leading in order to make sure their team made the best investments they could by the end of the day.

The Results:

As the stock exchange closed the pupils had one last task; they had to demonstrate their Sharing Ideas skills by presenting back to the other schools and the Brewin Dolphin staff. It was their opportunity to reflect on their investments but more importantly on how well they had worked as a team and supported one another throughout the day! They made it tough for the judges to decide who the winning team was as they all excelled at Aiming High

What they said:

  • “The students have walked away today with the belief that they can end up working somewhere like this one day. That is the whole point of why we are here.” – Teacher, SMSJ
  • “I was really impressed with the presentations and their ability to share their ideas in such creative ways.” – Volunteer, UBS
  • “We have really stayed positive today. Even when we lost some money from our investments, we encouraged each other, and in the end we were successful.” – Student, SMSJ

Thanks to UBS for such a great trip day, and to Year 7 from SMSJ for coming along.

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