Hi everyone! My name is Amanda and I am a Grade 9 student at Alexander Mackenzie High School. Today, I had the pleasure to attend the National High School Business Conference. Here are my thoughts highlighting what I learned about business.
From the conference, I have learned that there are so many interesting aspects of business that I previously did not know of. Good business and leadership skills take a lot of time to build. From the keynote speaker, I learned that it is important to take risks and keep moving forwards. It is important to find your passion, strengths, and weaknesses. Even if you believe it’s too late, commit to your passion. It is never too late to start. There are so many careers in life that a person may choose from. From the workshop speakers, I learned that a dollar today is worth more than a dollar in the future. A dollar in the future is also worth less than a dollar today. I learned that it is important to invest money earlier, as the more years money is invested, the more value it would have. In addition, there are several different types of assets, including cash (which doesn’t change when invested), fixed income, real estate, commodities, and stocks. To have a higher value, you must take higher risks. Anything has the possibility to gain or lose value, the future is uncertain. There are infinite possibilities. Something that I enjoyed about this conference is the ability to work as a team with my peers. I enjoyed getting to work as a team with my peers, and learning more about business. This conference provided me with several fun challenges to engage my learning. I was able to learn so much, and got to know my group members better through the time spent working together. The aspects I have learned today will greatly impact my personal development! I learned that it is good to be more open to trying new things and taking more risks. It is great to start investing, as it gains experience. A person should not worry about gaining or losing money, ‘just do it’! With stocks, I learned that you should not listen to others, just believe in yourself and do your own research.