Ever wondered what being a Business Adviser really means? We hear from Morag Malloy, one of our Business Advisers at Gleniffer High School in Paisley. Morag is the owner of Fission Creative ('Fission Creative specialises in brand and visual communications for the digital age.')
This is the second year I’ve acted as business adviser for Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) in Renfrewshire schools and I’m starting to appreciate why those involved with YES become so committed and involved, and come back as volunteers year after year.As a Business Adviser I provide practical professional advice and gentle steerage to one of the school-based Enterprise teams competing in the area. I work with the team from early on in the academic year until after the Area Board Finals in March, on hand to offer guidance, professional insights, information from Young Enterprise and, on occasion, to boost motivation or confidence – as required. I meet the team once a week at a SQ for any queries that come up. I also liaise with the Link Teacher from the school.For the young people involved it’s often the first time they have had to think in practical terms about the aspects of running a business – from deciding on a product or service, market research and promotion, to the all-important balancing of the books and, we hope, ultimately reporting a tidy profit. Along the way, activities such as making online purchases or telephone calls to suppliers can be new experiences for them. So successfully encountering or negotiating each one represents a mini-milestone in the development of a team member. It can be great to witness the growth in a young person’s confidence as they go on the Young Enterprise journey.As a business adviser, what makes this experience personally rewarding and also professionally challenging is the fact that – just like SQ" target="_blank" alt="https://yes.org.uk">SQ.This means that the only routine factor involved is the fixed regular commitment – necessary because it fits with school curricula and timetables, of course. Other than that, the experience as a business adviser can be as varied, challenging and personally enriching as every new business encounter ever can be. And the way I see it, that’s a win-win for everyone involved.
A huge thanks to Morag for writing this blog for us. Do you have a YES story or experience to share? We'd love to hear from Business Advisers, Link Teachers and alumni from all of our Young Enterprise Scotland programmes. Email shona.morrison%40yes.org.uk to get in touch.
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