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Team Work Challenge students impress business professionals

A team of students from across Arts, Languages and Cultures impressed a panel of business professionals at the recent Team Work Challenge event, winning a prize for their ideas on launching a new cake business in Didsbury.

The Team Work Challenge event, which ran on 27 and 28 October 2014, attracted 42 students from across the School, to take part in a two-day business game where teams had to develop a promotional campaign for a fictional organisation and pitch their ideas to a panel of professionals. The most popular case studies were promoting a new art gallery exhibition and launching a new cake business, with other teams working on a new Manchester 'What's on' guide, a charity to help young people into work, and other challenges.

During the event teams had input from professionals in marketing, PR, finance and sales to help them develop their campaign. Many were alumni who were impressed with the calibre of ideas put forward by students. 

The event, delivered by the Careers Service in partnership with the School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, was designed to help students get a CV boost by developing a range of skills from team work and time management to commercial awareness by solving real challenges which organisations face.

Feedback from the day

It was pleasing to see how far some of the students had come in their awareness of making tough business decisions, in only two days. They were given a completely unfamiliar challenge and had to not only come up with viable ideas but also consider how they would work in the real world.

Chris Walker / a Manchester alumnus with many years' experience as a sales manager

Students fed back how useful the event had been, with comments including:

  • "I learnt how to deal with a large workload in a small amount of time and to keep calm under pressure."
  • "I discovered that I’m more confident in expressing my ideas than I thought."
  • "It's a really nice programme and I got something valuable from it. Thank you."

All students had the event added to their Higher Education Achievement Record, and the winning team were awarded a prize of Amazon gift vouchers by the School.

The winning team, who worked on a new cake business idea, were:

  • Catlin Bradshaw (English Literature)
  • Georgina Kaye (Classics)
  • Grace McPherson (History with Spanish
  • Kei Wun Siu (Modern Language with Business and Management)
  • Sam Wells (Italian and Spanish)

Future careers service events

For details of future events, please contact Scott Foley at the Careers Service, at