A Graduate’s View: The Longer Term Impact

Pihu Suri is a former participant in the School Enterprise Challenge who was part of her school’s business team for 4 years before completing her secondary education and going on to study Psychology at university.

We caught up with her to find out what kind of impact being part of the school business team had on her!

 

Hi Pihu, please tell us a little bit about your experience in the school business

My friends and I were part of my school’s business team called ‘Udaan’ which creates and sells a range of decorative items. When I joined I was mainly involved in production but quickly I found I had a talent for organising my teammates. I quickly started to rise through the ranks and within a couple of years I was promoted to Director of the business!

Udaan is the school business at Kulachi Hansraj Model School in India. They have been taking part in the School Enterprise Challenge since 2014 and have grown their school business to involve more than 50 students each year. You can read all about how they’ve done it on their wonderful blog:  http://khmsudaan.blogspot.com/

In 2016 I was chosen as the runner-up in the School Enterprise Challenge’s ‘Enterprising Student’ Award. It was an honour to have my efforts recognised on the global stage!

Pihu Suri - A SEC graduate (2)

Since graduating from secondary school Pihu (centre) still regularly returns to inspire the current business team

Looking back, it wasn’t easy running the school business but I learned so much. Every time I come back to school I am overwhelmed to see it still operating and new students benefiting from it.

 

How do you think you benefited from being part of a school business?

The biggest impact it had was on my confidence. When I first joined I was shy but it allowed me grow as a person, come out of my shell and develop skills in leadership and in management.

WATCH: Pihu back in 2016 explaining how she and her peers operate their business and how you can do it at your school too! https://youtu.be/y1H6e8jyq4U

Balancing being part of the business team with my academic studies was a challenge but I learned how to do it and this is something which has come in very useful at university. I’m ahead of my peers in that sense.

 

Why do you think school businesses are important?

I think the best thing about school businesses is that they allow students with different talents to come together and use their skills for good. It changed our perspective on the world and helped us gain human values. It also taught us that the world is full of competition and how to embrace that.

 

What would you say to another young person who has just heard about the School Enterprise Challenge?

Try it. It’s worth taking the chance and giving it a go – you’re bound to learn something! Because I chose to continue with my studies I am not involved in business yet but the skills I learned in the business still come in handy every day. Being part of the business team is one of the best decisions I made!


Our team would like to thank Pihu and the teachers at Kulachi Hansraj Model School in India for their continued involvement in the School Enterprise Challenge and their dedication to helping us spread the word to schools around the world.

Do YOU have a story to share with us? We love hearing from School Enterprise Challenge participants, current and old. If you’d like to tell us about your experience being part of the school business simply send us an email to info@schoolenterprisechallenge.org or a WhatsApp message to +44 7722 481 841.

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