I was selected to participate on a trip to Cambridge University Press to experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to work with pupils from other schools and learn new skills that could be useful later in life. I was accompanied by three other students from Passmores: Laura Jephcott (Year 10), Brook Turnstill (Year 9) and Jack Tucker (Year 9). On arrival we were given tea and treats and then we listened to a presentation given by member's of Unilever Corporation and representatives of Cambridge University Press. We were then divided into groups made up of students from all schools and we were given a task to complete; my task was to design a logo for The Brighter Thinking Forum. The brief given was to create a logo that was a good representation of the ideas for brighter thinking. My group decided to brain storm the concept which gave us a good starting point and from this, we worked together to design the logo and create a PowerPoint presentation which we presented later in the day. We returned to our school groups and were then given another task to think of ways that we could publicise the idea of Brighter Thinking to a wider generation. We believe the best way forward is to encourage schools to attend presentations given by celebrities that would attract students to attend. This experience broadened my knowledge of how businesses operate and what it's like to be in the working environment, as well as making me realise how hard you have to work in a modern business operation. Throughout the day I was stretched to do things that were out of my comfort zone, which increased my self-confidence, improved my speaking skills, built my business mind and demonstrated the importance of team working. Overall the day was a complete success, which I thoroughly enjoyed and I feel as though I have matured in my outlook on business.
By Harry Burton