Alumni Profiles

Leah Canning


United Kingdom

Leah Canning joined our Alumni network in 2018

60-Second Interview

What three words would you use to describe your Company Programme experience?
Incredible, Life-changing and Exciting
In more detail, tell us about your journey
Being the Managing Director of the team was never straight forward. I had days where things didn’t go as planned so I had to think on my feet to resolve the issues but I also had days where I could have got abs from laughing so much!

There were stressful times especially when the area finals were just around the corner and the team faced setbacks due to the Beast from the East but with the resilience I gained from being part of the programme I managed to get the team ready for the area finals.

Due to being the Managing Director, I was able to gain so many skills from it such as time management as I had to make sure everything was sent away on time, confidence as I had to continuously speak to people about the company, resilience as things didn’t work out as I had planned and we had a few set-backs so I had to make sure I was being positive so my team remained in good spirits, public speaking skills as I was the one to lead the team into trade fairs in the Inverclyde community so they got the hang of how to attract people to the stand.

The product my team designed was personalised frames however these were stressful as we had to order different parts for many frames. This lead to a reduction in profits so we then had to continue marketing the products to gain more profit.
How do you feel the Company Programme helped you prepare for life after school?
I am currently still in school for my final year (S6), but I feel that the programme has helped me in so many ways. It has helped me develop so many skills like my time management, public speaking skills, communication skills, interview skills and business skills.

As mentioned about the public speaking skills, I was the winner of the Banter Award for the Inverclyde area at the Renfrewshire trade fair at Soar, Intu Braehead in December 2017. I was also the winner for the Best in Interview at the Renfrewshire area finals in March 2018.
What has your journey been like post-school?
As I’m still currently in school, my life outside of school has adapted in so many ways. I was 3rd Place in the Telos Partners essay writing competition from across the UK which was based on my young enterprise journey.

I am currently applying to study business management at University after being inspired through the company programme. I hope to go on and become a business studies teacher and who knows, maybe one day I will be a centre lead for young enterprise!
What advice would you give to anyone setting out on this journey?
My main advice would be to pick a job role that is suited to your skills and qualities. This will benefit your team massively and it will allow the team to have good morale as well as a good production. You will develop your skills and qualities further which will make you stand out against the crowd when apply for jobs or uni/college/modern apprenticeships.
Have fun and enjoy the experience! It is once in a lifetime opportunity so don’t waste any second. Make sure your having fun while working hard.
To all the Managing Directors out there, lead the team. Don’t be afraid to say what you think and make sure your making the correct decisions for your company.
And lastly, ask questions. If your unsure of anything ask your centre lead or business advisors. They have plenty of experience so they know what they are doing – trust them!

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