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Students “Discover” potential career options through interactive board games

Wed, 26 Feb 2020 16:19:00 GMT
The games required players to make decisions as if they were in a real working scenario
The games required players to make decisions as if they were in a real working scenario

A group of GCU students took part in a finance and risk interactive simulation this week - giving them a unique taste of life working within the sector.

First year Finance, Investment and Risk students had the opportunity to play “Discover Fortune” and “Discover Risk” - two interactive board games which require the players to make decisions as if they were in a real working scenario.

Discover Fortunes gave students the task of assessing a client’s life situation and producing a financial plan for them. Students watched videos of clients speaking about their situations and the task involved coming up with ways to advise them in relation to financial planning.

First year Finance, Investment and Risk student Michael Struthers described the event as being “a big eye opener” in relation to his career aspirations.

He said; “It's really opened our eyes to different aspects of what we could go into in relation to insurance and different opportunities.

The games that they gave to us to play gave us a real life taster of what professionals need to do to make decisions. Being here today has given me another option and opened my eyes to the different areas I could go into once I graduate.”

Vivine Cameron (Education Partnerships Manager at the Chartered Insurance Institute) explained how important it is to introduce career options to students at an early stage.

She said “From our perspective, we work closely with industry professionals and we have noticed that there is a real deficit of entry level people coming into the area of insurance.

Coming to events like these and introducing the whole broad spectrum of opportunities to really great talent that you have here at GCU is really important in giving them that platform to explore and decide what they might do.”

To find out more about the Chartered Insurance Institute, click here

By Rachael McAlonan
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