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  • A New Year a New Beginning I can’t believe it is that time again for me to write my latest blog and let you all know of the remarkable fresh start I had this year. For starters I officially made it half way through the Graduate Apprentice, which is scary as its feels like only yesterday when I first found out about this amazing opportunity! 2nd Placement: DBK LTD I joined DBK the first week of January and even though I was extremely excited, a part of me was slightly upset. I say this because IDEX, my previous placement, had begun to feel like family and it was unfortunate that I had to leave them so soon. But nevertheless I was super excited about the opportunity at DBK, where last year’s Graduate apprentice, Louise Bennett, secured a permanent placement. The world of construction and project management has been extraordinarily remarkable. It is more than what I could have […]

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  • Business Walks is an initiative organised by the Engage committee – the CSR arm of BPS Birmingham Future. The one-day event is designed to help pro-actively raise young people’s aspirations of the future workplace opportunities available to them in the city. On Wednesday 17 February 2016, the Engage committee took 12 students from the Young Persons Unit at the Queen Elizabeth and Birmingham Children’s Hospital to Ernst & Young, Irwin Mitchell and Browne Jacobson to learn about the various job roles available within each of the businesses. The students first visited Ernst & Young where they listened to an engaging presentation from the senior manager responsible for student recruitment programmes and learned of the various entry routes to working in finance. The students then moved onto Irwin Mitchell where a panel of trainee solicitors and a costs draughtsperson engaged the students in a discussion about the other career options available […]

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  • What was your first job? Clerical/Sales Assistant – selling gas fires and cookers. Did you ever imagine to be undertaking your current role, if not, what did you want to be doing? I studied Law at University and the majority of my work experience throughout was in the legal field, the plan was to be like Harvey Spectre from Suits. However, I was fortunate enough to land a graduate role in Financial Planning (which when I applied I knew very little about) and I have never looked back! Which parts of your role are the most and enjoyable and which parts are the most challenging? I use the skills picked up during my ‘legal’ years and adapt them to my current role. The profession I am in requires a good knowledge of Economic, Legislation and World affairs. There is of course a lot of information to consider when constructing Financial […]

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  • Run by BPS Birmingham Future’s Engage Committee, Dragons’ Den is a one day workshop aimed at equipping school children with valuable group and communication skills, as well as giving them an insight into entrepreneurship. Last month, as part of the Dragons’ Den programme, Shoosmiths’ Birmingham office kindly hosted 24 students from Sandwell Academy. The students were tasked with preparing a business plan for the launch of a new product, which they then had to present in front of the panel of Dragons at Shoosmiths. The panel – made up of various professions and industries – included Danielle Owens (Shoosmiths), Hannah Short (Shoosmiths), Adam Rathbone (KPMG), Natalie Merrix (Rewired PR), Eliza Hakes (Contracts Specialist, University of Warwick) and Charlotte Watkins (Events, Birmingham City University). Students presented their ideas on packaging, branding and advertising, before asking the panel of Dragons for investment. Following a serious grilling from the panel, a winning team was announced and the winners went home with an armful of […]

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  • BPS Birmingham, the membership organisation for the city’s business professional and financial services sector, has announced LoveBrum as its official charity partner. BPS Birmingham, which incorporates BPS Birmingham Leaders, BPS Birmingham Future and BPS Birmingham Aspire, will support LoveBrum by donating proceeds from its calendar of fundraising events, as well as providing the charity with volunteers through its members. This will include Future’s flagship event, Birmingham Young Professional of the Year (BYPY) Awards, which this year will take place at the International Convention Centre (ICC) on Thursday 12 May. Launched at the beginning of 2015, LoveBrum is a registered charity that shines a light on ‘hidden gem’ projects and causes across Birmingham. Aiming to help 12 projects per year, LoveBrum provides support to causes that may not receive the platform or funding that they deserve. Rebecca Simkiss, chair of BPS Birmingham and joint managing director of SimkissGuy Recruitment, said: “Through […]

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