CGC is delighted to be working with F&C Investment Trust in helping to improve financial education. F&C IT is the world's oldest collective investment fund, established in 1868, with a passion to improve financial knowledge within the community, to make sure that as we move through our lives we understand our financial goals and how to achieve them. For those of who don't study finance, an investment trust is a vehicle that invests everyday people's money in stocks and shares. F&C IT was the first of its kind – the first vehicle that allowed ordinary people to "pool" their assets, thus giving them access to the stock exchange, which was previously the preserve of the wealthy. The Board are keen to combine their collective knowledge with our students' innovation and entrepreneurialism to help in improving the public's knowledge about the need to secure their financial future.
We believe this is a fantastic opportunity, not only for our students to join forces with one of the largest brands in financial services, but also for the winners to develop their own career goals. Not only will this competition offer some amazing cash and Apple prizes, but also give winners the chance to network with the F&C Board and attend a mock interview day with the HR team who interview globally on a daily basis.
The F&C Investment Trust Prize is asking CGC students of any faculty, to creatively answer one of three questions. We must iterate that the level of understanding is not what will be judged, but the creativity, explanation and thinking which would be understandable to a regular investor like you. We have three categories to choose from. Entries will be shortlisted by our review panel. Shortlisted submissions will be posted online for a public vote, so your friends and family can show their support and the judges will take into account the public vote when making their final decision. Our judging panel for the final vote comprises national journalists, senior members of the College and Board members from F&C Investment Trust.
"Investing" is not a particularly hot topic with young people, but with changing state aid and the unknown future, how do we better prepare people to start thinking about financial security from a young age? Why do we need to invest and when should we start thinking about it? In a nutshell, why does investing matter?
Financial futures: how do we prepare ourselves? In the past, generations have benefited from housing market growth to secure their nest egg. With the "property ladder" being an increasingly difficult challenge, how does this affect young people's ability to prepare for their future?
150 years ago, F&CIT invested in the Amazon, now it's amazon.com... what can we expect in 150 years' time? If you could only buy one thing now to invest for your future, what would it be?
Individual or groups (up to 8 individuals in a group)
Anyone with a City of Glasgow College Student ID
Submitted in any creative medium from vlog to essay, video to podcast
Should take no longer than 5 minutes to read/watch/listen to/consume
Presentation lunch and meet and greet with F&C Investment Trust Board which has a combined experience of over 100 years in Financial Services
Recognised and celebrated at the annual City of Glasgow College Student Excellence & Achievement Awards (May 2019)
Title of The F&C Investment Trust Prize Winner 2019
Team names on The F&C Investment Trust Prize plaque, holding permanent centre stage on the university walls long after graduation
Private mock interview day with BMO, offering guidance, mock interview questions and CV building tips
MacBook air or equivalent sharable prize
£10,000 for faculty to invest in research, innovation or development
Competition closes for judging shortlist
Shortlist announced and public voting opens
Judging panel vote on winner
You can enter in teams or as an individual, all entrants must have a valid student ID. To register your entry, please go compete the form above, and enter your details for the next steps.
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