BUSINESS ACE Pupil Programme

Aspirational, Creative and Engaged

Stage 1

Make sure you get involved in your House’s team in the Luckley House Friends Apprentice House competition. See your House Captain for details of this year’s competition.

Try out a virtual stock exchange – join the Luckley League on Bullbearings to see how you would do with an imaginary £100,000. Ask Ms Stephens for details of how to log in.
Visit the Bank of England Museum on Threadneedle Street in the City of London.

Start to read a newspaper on a regular basis – local, national and international stories as well as business pages. You could start a scrap book (real or virtual) of stories that interest you.

Read a biography or autobiography of a business and entrepreneur – there are lots of fascinating ones out there. You could try ‘The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the age of Amazon’ by Brad Stone, or ‘Screw it, let’s do it’ by Richard Branson.

Watch Steve Jobs inspirational speech to graduates at Stanford University on the pursuit of opportunities and dreams – and how to cope with setbacks (available on Youtube)

Watch Dragons’ Den – and see if you agree with the dragons’ comments regarding the aspiring entrepreneurs

Stage 2

Take part in the ‘Tenner Challenge’ – become an entrepreneur for a month, with a group of your friends, and raise some money for charity. Open to all years in the spring term.

Find yourself a work experience placement. If you want to find out more about a particular type of career then there is no substitute for having a go. Try asking Miss Caldwell for some tips on finding a placement.

Read Robert Peston’s blog on the BBC website. There are lots of other bloggers on the BBC news pages and you might find others whose approach you enjoy too.

Read a broadsheet newspaper on a daily basis

Read ‘Freakonomics’ by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. A highly readable book for non-economists and economists alike. Other good reads which are not too technical include ‘The Undercover Economist’ by Tim Harford of the Financial Times. Ask Ms Stephens if you would like to borrow a copy.

Listen to The Bottom Line with Evan Davis – a weekly Radio 4 programme which explores business and management issues

Watch TED talks online – there are hundreds of fascinating lectures on an amazing range of topics covering all subjects

Stage 3

Take part in the Young Enterprise programme – get a real-life experience of setting up and running a company for an academic year as part of the internationally-recognised Young Enterprise scheme.

Form a team competing in one of the many national competitions open to young people interested in careers in Economics, Business, Finance and Accounting and Marketing e.g. Bank of England 2% Challenge, BASE competition, CIMA Global Business Challenge, Reading University Stock Market challenge. Make sure that you express an interest in these competitions early as spaces are usually limited.

Enter the Royal Economic Society Annual essay writing competition. Check their website for inspiration and past essays and subjects.

Read The Economist and/or Time magazine for the latest views and opinions on current affairs. You can obtain a student subscription to The Economist through the Business Department at the beginning of the academic year.

Read a challenging book which will really make you think: ’23 Things they don’t tell you about Capitalism’ by Ha-Joon Chang; ‘Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure’ by Tim Harford; ‘Worldly Philosophers: Lives, Times and Ideas of Great Economic Thinkers’ by Robert Heilbroner. Ask Ms Stephens for other ideas.

Watch Newsnight on BBC2 – it’s on late at night so maybe better to watch it on the iPlayer!