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A wonderful gap year opportunity

Fri, Apr 29th, 2022
Worth School

Congratulations to one of our Year 13 students who has secured a much sought-after place on the IBM Future Work Scheme.

Starting the process in November last year, Jack Hulford-Funnell went through multiple stages of assessments before being awarded this gap year opportunity as a Junior Project Manager with IBM. From thousands of applications, IBM offers an estimated 200 places for the year so this is a tremendous accomplishment.

Following an initial application, Jack undertook a telephone interview, cognitive test, presentation, Zoom interview, an afternoon of virtual group assessments and then multiple interviews for the business pod that was interested in hiring him.

Jack said: “Having the experience of working in such a large prestigious multi-national company will be fantastic. It will give me an opportunity to develop e skills that I can use post university and put on my CV to help me secure future roles.

“Ultimately I am hoping to become an investment banker.

“Investment banking is such a competitive environment to get into post university. You have got to do everything in your power to stand out and this is something that will help me differentiate myself from all the other candidates.”

Jack is studying Maths, Economics and Politics at A Level and is looking to study Business at Exeter or Manchester university after his year with IBM. He says he has enjoyed his time at Worth, which has been great for giving him the skills to move onto the next stage of life.

This achievement highlights the post school opportunities and different career paths available to students. Jack said: “I would encourage others to consider multiple opportunities and not just look at going straight to university after A Levels.”

Well done Jack.