Today FleishmanHillard Brussels welcomes a Junior Achievement (JA) Leader-for-a-Day to its offices. Maltese JA Alumus Marcus Laffoucrière will spend the day shadowing FH Brussels Senior Vice President and Senior Partner James Stevens to learn about life in Brussels’ leading public affairs and communication consultancy.
The day will include the opportunity to shadow James as he undertakes his day-to day client consulting, management and external relations activities. It ends with a roundtable event and reception where hosts and JA alumni share their experience of the day together with representatives of the European Union institutions.
Leader-for-a-day Marcus Laffoucriere said “The programme allows me to learn the skills of leadership which are vital to succeed in today’s competitive world, as well as helping me make choices for my future career and begin to create a network relevant to my career projects.”
James Stevens said “Upon leaving the European Parliament I was drawn to consultancy as a career choice because of its entrepreneurial nature. As a JA Alumnus myself I know how their projects can open the eyes of young people to a world of career opportunities. I jumped at the opportunity to share both my daily working life and what I have learnt in my career so far with such a motivated young person.”
Leaders-for-a-Day provides young people who have completed entrepreneurship education programmes from across Europe with the opportunity to learn from a leader by shadowing him/her for one day. The goal is to enable young people to make better informed career choices, enlarge their network and improve their career opportunities. This experience inspires young people to be entrepreneurial and allows them to learn the essential skills that will make them valuable assets to any employer and will help them in the transition from education to the world of work.
JA Europe is Europe’s largest provider of education programmes for entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy, reaching 3.2 million students in 39 countries in 2014. It was founded in 2001 when Young Enterprise Europe and Junior Achievement International Europe merged. JA works with the education and business communities as well as governments to provide young people from primary school to university with experiences that build the skills and competences they will need to succeed in a global economy. JA’s activities have been endorsed as best practice by the European Commission. JA Europe is the European Regional Operating Centre for JA Worldwide®.