An introduction to your role and responsibilities

The objectives of a Business Adviser (BA) are to help develop the potential of the young people they work with and to help them run a successful student company, reflect and learn from the experience.

Your role as a Developer
Research shows that career success is not just about what you know (employability skills) but also who you know. The opportunity to connect and interact with potential employers is crucial for young people as it provides them with an opportunity to learn about the realities of the world of work. By taking on the role of a Developer, both Business Advisers (BAs) and Centre Leads (CLs) can support young people in a number of different ways including being an Expert, a Navigator, an Inspirer, a Connector and a Champion. Your role as a Business Adviser is crucial in preparing young people for the future world of work and successful futures.

How your role aligns with the Young Enterprise values as follows:

One Team

You will help to inspire and champion strong teamwork amongst the young people as well as working collaboratively with the Centre Lead (CL) to maximise the young people’s experience.

Unlocking Potential

You will play a key role as a Developer in identifying and unlocking the potential of the young people, by acting as an inspirer, expert, navigator, connector and champion.

Creating Great Impact

You will have a memorable impact on the young people and be a key part of their development and path to career success. You will support the young people to understand their strengths and areas for development which will give them an advantage for success in the world of work.

Enterprising and Resilient

As a champion, you will provide young people support to achieve their goals through mentoring. You will help them to embrace change, be innovative and respond effectively to the challenges they encounter.

Fulfilling your role

Over the course of the Programme, a BA can expect to fulfill their role as a Developer in a variety of ways:

> As an expert
> As a navigator
> As an inspirer
> As a connector
> As a champion

Helping with early meetings

You may need to implement more structure and process in the first few student company meetings but should look to ensure that the young people feel strong ownership of their student company and are taking charge thereafter.

Choosing when to let a discussion run and when (and how) to intervene is a matter of careful judgement and getting this right is the essence of being a good adviser. Sensitivity to individuals and the dynamics of the group are also important attributes. The Centre Lead may be able to provide valuable context here.