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SMF students take a break from revision and think about their careers ahead

Research has shown that meaningful career guidance and preparation is an important step to increasing social mobility. Setting achievable goals and identifying practical steps towards these goals, alongside meeting employers and employees, is considered good career guidance practice.

Following on from SMF’s Easter events, sixth form students from London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds got an insight into their preferred career by attending one of three Futures Days this May half term. Architecture students were able to observe the London School of Architecture’s Design Think Tank Symposium presentations, where current undergraduate architecture students presented their ideas for different design briefs to experts within the industry. This was a fantastic opportunity for SMF students to find out the key questions that are asked within this industry from the experts!

In Manchester, SMF’s Accountancy, Banking & Finance and Business students from Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds attended the first Futures Day in these sectors, and got the chance to participate in a careers carousel with professionals from Grant Thornton. In the afternoon, students learned about the long history of Barclays from its foundation in 1690 up to the vast range of operations it conducts today.

I enjoyed the morning session at Grant Thornton. It was very informative, the employees that networked with us were very kind and helpful when giving us details about their experiences at the firm, available programmes and other opportunities at the business.”

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Students grill Grant Thornton employees


In London, Banking & Finance students tested their negotiation skills during a trading game at M&G where they created a strategy for making a bakery product. Students were tested on their ability to successfully acquire raw materials and stay financially secure in an ever-changing economic environment.



Elsewhere, it was the turn of our London students to spend a day developing their communication and interpersonal skills by attending SMF’s ‘Making an Impression’ workshop. Building on their experiences of networking at the programme launch events in February, students were given tips on body language and the psychological effect of ‘faking it ‘til they make it’ as confidence-boosting techniques for exams, interviews and networking.

I obtained useful and beneficial knowledge on how to engage in a professional conversation with new people, how to leave a conversation without it being awkward and most importantly how to communicate effectively during a phone conversation. I became more aware of how body language can affect the way others see you.

As the summer arrives, we’re gearing-up for an exciting period at the SMF, with summer residential placements, internships and more university trips to come, supporting students from across the UK.

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