'The Shell Business Game', organised by Careers Adviser DJP, was held on successive Sundays in January in the New Pavilion and featured the entire Shell Yeargroup in action, learning about teamwork and Business Skills.
A full Report by Alexander Scott, K Social Shell, is below:
On Sunday 17th January, half the Shell Year participated in the Shell Business Game. We were split up into our Social teams of about seven people. The games started
at 10:30am and for the first couple of hours, up until lunch, we were told about useful things to have on our CV and to have an
interest in a wide range of activities and to develop skills (for example, learning
how to play an instrument to a high level shows significant levels of effort
We were also told that we really needed to get stuck into life and
make the most of every opportunity that there is, as there are now around a hundred people applying for a highly-paid
office job, of which only seven or eight will receive an interview. We were
then issued with a list of ten people applying for a job in an outdoor educational school. We had to decide who was going to get an interview; this was not necessarily about their A level results. This
was a really useful exercise as it really put us in the feet of a head hunter and it also demonstrated that a CV is much more
than just a list of exam results!
After that, we received a very short paragraph about other things to
take into account when deciding whether to give the person an interview. This really drilled into us how important it is that
everything you post on social networks is always out there even when you delete
it; after reading these small pieces of
information the list of candidates really re–shuffled.
Just before lunch, we
were each given a role in our business, where we had to design a product and evaluate
how we were going to get it onto the shelves and how we
were going to sell it. We also had to create an advert about it, which was
probably the best part of our product, thanks to a particular
member of the team’s brilliant skills on Imovie. Our product was a
special smoothie maker which told the user all the nutritional values of the
smoothie including a sugar counter. The fruit that went into it was also part
of the product and was the “2nd rate” fruit that is always picked out or is chucked in the waste, just because of its appearance; but after all, it doesn’t matter what the fruit looks like that goes into a smoothie. As part of the company the fruit would be available in small brown paper bags in supermarkets
across the UK.
We all were given a large role to play and I was given the role of
sales director. This was a fantastic exercise, as we were really encouraged to work as team and to
listen to each other’s ideas; it also gave a taster of what the business
world is really like. After a few hours developing our idea, we were asked to pitch our idea. A couple of us had to give a short speech about our product
and the idea behind it. We then showed the advert
we had made about our project. Each of the ten teams pitched their idea, some being more futuristic than others.
After everyone had finished presenting their ideas, all the plans
were judged by the Business teacher, Jonathan. He gave a number of different prizes including one for the best
business plan, the best advert and an overall prize for the best product idea and advert, which K social won.
It was a fantastic day
and was definitely worth giving up Sunday for. I learned a huge amount about
the business world and the key factors that make up a successful business. I also
had a really strong message about good aspects for a CV. I am sure this will
help in the future.
Report by Alexander Scott, Shell