Entrepreneurial spirit: Why it’s important to make the most of every opportunity

Dan Miller, Young Professionals UK

Dan Miller, an award-winning teenage entrepreneur and a second year student at Pearson Business School; he started his company Young Professionals UK in 2015 whilst studying for his A Levels. To date, he has secured large sponsorship deals from a variety of international companies including PwC, Rolls-Royce, Barclays, Experian, IBM, ICAEW and many more.

His company now works with a network of over 300 schools and colleges nationally.  Dan secured a £50,000 investment from Rockstar Hubs International in 2017 and he’s also been mentored by Judy Naake, founder of the St Tropez tanning brand.

Dan frequently makes the most of the opportunities presented to him whilst studying at Pearson Business School, in particular holding events on the 10th floor at 80 Strand, Pearson Plc’s HQ. Young Professionals UK’s mission is to help connect young students with business professionals, to help them to secure the best chance of succeeding in the business world.

When asked why he set up his business, Dan said:

“I set this company up as I recognised that many schools and colleges were failing to highlight all the key opportunities out there for youngsters, other than a traditional university route. This is why I set the company up so that young people could learn directly from business professionals. Being a part of the Pearson brand whilst studying at Pearson Business School, has really helped me to develop my business acumen and enabled me to raise my profile as a business leader in my line of work. Having the facility to host events at 80 Strand allows me to really showcase what it is that we are trying to achieve as a brand, to our current and potential clients.”

In July 2017, Dan hosted an event at 80 Strand; the evening was in association with the Institute of Directors (IoD) where they entertained over 150 business leaders and entrepreneurs from across the City of London.  The night was all about showcasing the brand new launch of the Young Professionals UK App, which puts a powerful career tool into the hands of the UK’s young people, allowing them to connect directly with potential employers who need to tap into the country’s undiscovered talent base, “We are disrupting the old model of student and graduate recruitment, enabling people to upload their CV and video profile to the site and then manage the whole interview process in one place” said Dan.

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Rt Hon. Nigel Mills MP, member for Amber Valley, joined Dan at the London launch of his ground-breaking new platform and app. He said:

“I’m incredibly proud of the fact that a young Derby entrepreneur is helping to change the future of 16-24 year olds all over the UK for the better.”

“I have pledged to help more than two million 16-24 year olds connect with employers by 2020 to help solve the national careers crisis for people unsure about how to take that vital next step into work. We have already inspired over 20,000 young people and worked with over 30 multinational companies. With the launch of the Young Professionals UK app, we’re on track to achieve that vision.”
Dan Miller, Founder, Young Professionals UK.

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Notes for editors:

Pearson Business School
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We're transforming higher education. As a FTSE 100 company, immersed in industry, we do things differently. Industry engagement is at the core of everything that we do, and it’s what sets us apart.We offer all full-time degree students guaranteed internships*, so they gain experience during their studies. Our degree apprentices also get to work within a company throughout their studies, so they gain valuable experience, learning on the job. We help our students to build their own professional networks; they’re taught by well-connected industry experts, and they get to make contacts at industry workshops led by some of the world’s most reputable organisations.  We work with industry giants from Unilever, L’Oreal, and Sony Pictures, to WPP, Lloyds of London and IBM. Alongside their academic studies, it’s the experiences like these that help our students to develop the knowledge and skills they’ll need to succeed, as well as inspire them, so they have the drive and ambition to get ahead.

Our students are enterprising and entrepreneurial. They get to work with our in-house business incubator The Access Platform, and many have set up their own companies too, like Kickpush and Yaantu and even social enterprises like Once Upon a Doug.

Our alumni have gone on to work for brands such as Nestlé, Sainsbury’s, Microsoft, Dyson, Not on the High Street, the BBC, Snapchat, Wincanton and General Mills.

Industry engagement drives us; it’s not just what we do, it’s who we are. And it is what will take us, and our students, into the future.

*subject to academic performance