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Blog: NYSE Euronext Masterclass

Development Intern Stephanie writes about our Financial Literacy Masterclass at NYSE Euronext

Stephanie Poppendoerfer blogs for Young Enterprise

Stephanie Poppendoerfer

Youth unemployment remains unacceptably high. Young people need to develop the attitudes and skills they need to succeed in the world of work and enterprise and to boost their employability.

In this context, enterprise education charity Young Enterprise ran a practical and activity based Masterclass in collaboration with NYSE Euronext, parent company of the New York Stock Exchange.

On the 29th of November 2013 students from four schools and colleges and 11 volunteers from NYSE Euronext came together in the NYSE Euronext office near Cannon Street to work together on life maps, job creation and brainstorming exercises and job interview skills.

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The volunteers gave an introduction to financial services, shared their career path and gave the students inspiration for their future. Alongside the volunteers, students were challenged to consider the various businesses and jobs which exist in UK‘s financial services sector. Through the ‘Speed Interviewing’ exercise students could test and improve their interview skills.

A student said: “It was a great experience. The life map made me start thinking about my future. The interview practice was very helpful – you never get the chance to do that otherwise.

“I learned that you have to be flexible and show that you are willing to learn. The Masterclass was a great opportunity to talk to people from the business world, and I would definitely do something like this again.”

Agnieszka Zywicka, a volunteer from NYSE Euronext, said: “It was a very good and positive experience. Everyone was very passionate and motivated. I’ve never worked with young adults before, so that was a great experience.

“We have all been in this situation in our lives, when you are young and don’t know what you want to do. So it was great to show themwhat to look out for.”

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Jason Cawley, another volunteer from NYSE Euronext, said: “It’s my second time to volunteer for a Young Enterprise programme. I really liked it the first time and was happy to have the chance to participate again.

“Young people are able to get a real-world example from volunteers. We can give these young people an idea and new perspectives and show them that they need to be comfortable with change.

“It’s great to see how they took interest, listened and learned from the volunteers. If every student takes home one thing he or she learned today, then it was successful and worth it. It is great to give those young people some ideas at this formative point in their lives. I would love to do it again.”