Summer School 2019 took place on the 10th and 11th of July 2019. Over the two days, we covered a huge amount with the students who attended. Here’s a summary of the highlights:
SUMMER SCHOOL DAY ONE
On this day we covered the following:
- What does an Accountant Do?
- Routes into Accountancy
We then split the students up into teams of between five and seven and they worked through the challenges below.
We kicked off with an icebreaker. Many of the students didn’t know each other, so this was a great opportunity to put them into teams and set a challenge. Our Tutor, Ian, tasked them with building the tallest tower possible out of straws and sellotape. They could use the original plastic container but nothing else.
The teams quickly got to know each other and produced some interesting towers. Ian measured the winner but the main benefit of this exercise was that everyone got to know one another and felt more comfortable being in a team with people they’d only just met.
Feeling comfortable was vital for the next part of the day, as the teams really needed to work together. Ian and Emma, our Accountancy Lead, gave them a case study about a clothing company. The text gave an overview of the company, explained their current market and gave some suggestions about how they might expand the business to account for a fall in profits. The team set to work on coming up with their suggested direction for the company’s future. Each team presented back their rationale and three things really stood out.
- Each team had done a considerable amount of research in a short space of time, with only their mobile phones to aid them.
- All of the team’s knowledge of business was already at a great standard with lots of technical terms being used correctly.
- Everyone in each team took a turn at presenting which showed impressive confidence and teamwork.
A head for figures
So having analysed the company from a strategic perspective, the teams now turned their attention to the figures behind the company. They were given data that showed financial and KPI’s of the company over the past four years. This included profits, sales, assets and HR data such as staff turnover and satisfaction. We asked them to explain what conclusions they could draw from the data they’d been given. Again we were impressed by the conclusions each team had come up with.
SUMMER SCHOOL -DAY TWO
Summer School continued on Day Two and this day was all about the world of work and continued to explain the routes into accounting and financial roles. Alongside this, the team gave the students advice on how to look for a role and interview preparation. We also gave each student a short mock interview covering competency questions. We were delighted to be joined by Danielle Burdett, from Success Recruit, who gave the students her top tips for getting a C.V ’employer ready’. Danielle also joined us for the mock interviews to lend her experience of getting candidates ready to meet a potential employer.
Meet the Expert
Summer School closed with one of the most popular segments of the two days, the Q&A. We were delighted to be joined by three employers and two of our students. The students had prepared questions to ask the panel which covered a range of subjects from the very practical to some technical ones too. Many students were interested in whether they should go on to university or consider an apprenticeship. Others asked about the types of work the panel are involved in and how they became an Accountant. After the Q&A, the students got a chance to meet with the panel and ask any specific questions they had. We finished off the day with some feedback and here’s what some of the students had to say:
“The two days helped more than I could ever have imagined. It was 100% worth coming to. It showed me there was more to accounting than maths and helped me to realise where I want to go in the future with accounting and how to get there”
Dannii, Year 11
“After coming to this event, I now have a much better understanding of what accountancy is and what it involves, as well as the opportunities which can stem from the career. I also found the section focusing on C.V’s and interviews particularly helpful and interesting. I will definitely use what I’ve learned from this session to apply for jobs and apprenticeships”
Georgia, Year 12
“I now understand accountancy isn’t just numbers. There are so many different sections to it, all applicable to modern-day. These two days gave some of the best, clear and accurate career information out there.”
Jenn, Year 12
This short video gives a snapshot of the two days, in just over a minute.
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