Sir Winfried Bischoff winners talk big business in the big apple

Ryan Thorne and Megan Harrington, students from Holyrood Secondary School in Glasgow and Cardiff and the Vale College, have returned from an all-expenses paid trip to New York, after winning a national award for their outstanding development on the Career Ready programme.

The Sir Winfried Bischoff award, given by national charity Career Ready, is given to just two students in the UK who have made the most progress towards their career during the two year programme. Ryan and Megan were selected as the winners from more than 2,000 students on the programme.

Megan said: “It was my first time in New York and I loved every moment. Getting to hear from S&P Global employees about the steps they had taken in life to get to be where they wanted to was an eye-opening experience.

“I also got to visit the US branch of Freshfields, where I interned last summer in London. I am so pleased I got to see the New York branch and make contacts there as well.”

Megan and Ryan visited some the charity’s biggest supporters, including Freshfields, while in New York, including Citi, S&P Global and Morgan Stanley.

Ryan said: “I’ve just returned from a fantastic trip to New York and I was privileged to have met with many senior members from some of the biggest companies in America, and indeed, the world.

“I had the chance to seek top class advice from professionals about their career path and was given some excellent advice.”

Louise Logan, Career Ready Regional Manager for the North West, accompanied Ryan and Megan on the trip. She said: “Visiting large businesses in New York was a fantastic opportunity for Ryan and Megan to get a flavor of how global businesses operate and open their eyes to future career possibilities. We are extremely grateful to all our supporters who opened their doors to us in New York.”