Year 13 student Conor Judge enjoyed the Young Enterprise module of the IEC programme that he has changed his career plans and is now planning to study business at university. He took part in the Company Programme run by Young Enterprise and did so well that he was also one of only 30 people nationally to be nominated for the Journey award. He was named finalist for the East Midlands region and presented with a certificate.
Conor, who headed up Team Icon, said: ‘The journey award is for the student who has progressed the most throughout the entire year, who has put in the most work or who has the most motivation to be successful for their company and who has taken big steps in their skills, knowledge and experience. It was a really big shock to be nominated and I had to produce a video explaining what I had accomplished through the programme. I started off as marketing director for the team and took the opportunity to step up to managing director. I thought this is probably the only time I will get to do this, let’s try it. I experienced as much as I could and met some great people. Since I did Young Enterprise it has completely opened the door for me to the experience and the opportunities that are out there. I think it would be really nice if I could have my own business as I really did enjoy it, despite all the hard work. It would be a great challenge to take on and I am now planning to study business at university because I enjoyed the Company Programme so much.’
Mr Robin Neighbour from Young Enterprise said: ‘The Journey award is a nationwide award and in the whole of the UK there were 30 applicants out of 25,000 on the scheme so it is quite prestigious. Someone dropped out of Conor’s team so he stepped up to the mark, became the managing director and really got things moving. He was quite concerned about doing the area finals at Tresham College but he was absolutely fantastic, like he had presented all his life. The Journey award is for the student who has progressed, either in the company or in their own personal way. If you get one student like that then that makes the whole year for me because it is fantastic. All credit to him and I hope he goes far, he deserves to.’