Approximately a year ago, our student company started thanks to JA Company. At that time, all I had was knowledge. I didn’t know what to expect. I was just trying to participate as much as possible so that I could get at least some experience. We created a name and set our goals, then we had a first school meeting where we introduced our company and basically we went step by step and experienced every important moment in our company as a team. We became more creative, cooperative, representative. I saw that on my classmates, we really did better and better everyday and so my opinion about business completely changed. 

I realized that even if there was not always a successful day, even if we made a mistake it pushed us forward, never backwards.

Thanks to all the experience in company and other interesting JA events I realized that there is not such a thing as failure. There’s a thing named feedback, which will tell you if you do something wrong. This kind of feedback is motivation for me to fix the weaknesses and to improve myself everyday. For many people it may mean failure, but not for me anymore.

After we completed all the experience with student company, reviewed our abilities and got the ESP certificates, other awesome opportunity appeared. Leaders for a day. And I said to myself „When Opportunity Knocks on your door, take it and cherish it“. 

However, I must admit that at the beginning, I couldn’t imagine that there was a real possibility for me to get the opportunity. However, I tried and did everything to be as good as possible. I knew that there was a big chance that I wouldn‘t be successful and therefore I was so excited when I got the email with the subject: „Welcome to Leaders-for-a-Day in Brussels!“ At first, I couldn’t believe that. Then I realized that I’m going to be a part of really special event and I believe that it will be the next awesome experience thanks to JA Company. 

Now, when I have the chance to meet a leader of big and successful company I have many expectations. I’m very curious about many things that I’m going to experience on that day. One of them is definitely that I’m going to experience the normal working day of successful leader. I’m very excited and on the other hand I don’t know what to expect. The only thing that I’m sure about is that it will be very valuable experience for me. I will see all the necessary things that leader is been going through every day in world of business. I believe that I will have opportunity to see every important decision he must make everyday and every activity which is important in business. The next thing I’m curious about is what is he like in contact with people. How he motivates his employees and how he manages to lead the whole company. Other aspect that I’m curious about is time-management, how is he able to lead and to do all the important things realated to leadership. In my opinion, the most valuable thing I could get would be his advice, which would help me in my future steps. 

What else do I expect from this opportunity? I will meet new successful people from abroad as well. This event could give me the chance to see business in a different way. I will learn more about entrepreneurs and leaders, about team-work because there are also other activities for us and since I cooperated with JA before I know that it is going to be amazing. It will certainly further my knowledge about marketing, which is also my priority at school, as well as in future and I believe that working together with a successful leader for one day will be unforgettable experience.

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Hi everybody, my name is Davide Puleo, I’m an Italian  student and I live in Palermo.

In the lines below, I’ll share with you how I feel at the moment and what are my thoughts and my expectations before going to Brussels next Thursday, joining the activity “Leaders for a day”(L4D).

But first of all, let’s talk about me and my interests.

I’m presently attending the last year of the High School in Maths and Science section. I like learning foreign languages, in fact I’ve studied French, German and I went twice to England to improve my English. 

I love Music and going to the theatre, I’ve been playing the piano for four years, and when I’m tired or thoughtful, the first thing I do is turning on my Mp3 player and relax, letting my mind go away on the notes of the melodies.

By the way, I still can’t believe I am among the 40 selected students that will leave for Brussels. This opportunity could be determinant and decisive for my future, just for three simple reasons:

  • I’m going to spend an entire day in close contact with some of the most important figures in Marketing and Management in Europe
  • I’m going to meet peers from almost all Europe, who have my same ambitions  and same inspirations and objectives too
  • I’m going to face with a completely new experience, speaking another language, with unknown people

The opportunity of being involved in a work day simulation, shadowed by a European leader, is not for everyone. Certainly, I hope I’ll learn from my leader’s experience as much as possible, maybe how to move in the labour market and, above all, in which direction. This means that after this experience, I think I will have learnt how to build necessary skills for success in the marketplace, I will have expanded my knowledge and my network in this area and I will have improved my entrepreneurship and my economic/financial abilities.  

Furthermore, I hope I will be more informed before making my career, and before choosing the best course of study to reach my dream of being an international manager. 

Meeting new people who share the same interest is an excellent chance to establish relationships and partnerships for the future. Even though I’ll meet teenagers from countries far from Italy, such as Portugal, Estonia, Denmark or Belgium, the remoteness could evolve into a stimulus to help each other, compare our creative ideas and business projects, identify weaknesses and strengths, basing our opinions and decisions on a different point of view and rating method, just because we have different origins.

It should not be underestimated that I will have the possibility to visit an outstanding city like Brussels, being accommodated in an important hotel of the town, during the school year, while all my classmates are doing their homework without any break. I’m not very honest against them, but I actually think we sometimes need to take the train of the opportunities which runs rarely in front of us. My parents taught me that “we must be always ready”, and fortunately my readiness got me this beautiful occasion.

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My name is Arnaud, I am 17 years old and living in Brussels since 2000. My father is German and my mother is French, so I grew up in a European environment. I am currently studying at the French School for my Baccalaureate in the scientific section. Consequently, I would like to undertake a general engineering degree, to be able in a future time to manage projects in the field of sustainable development and energy.

Last year, the JA Programmes enable me to create and launch a business project: as responsible for the technical department, we developed a foldable and renewable bottle to struggle against massive plastic pollution in oceans. To innovate and achieve our aim, I learned it is worth to work interdisciplinary within a group of students who share the same interest.

I particularly appreciate sport and music. First, I am involved in a Belgian championship called Rhéto Trophee which combines athletics, cycling and aquatic sports. Judo and swimming are both practiced sports too. Furthermore, as a saxophonist, I am part of a music band, which plays regularly at local festivals and events.

“Leaders for a Day provides young people […] with the opportunity to learn from a leader by shadowing him/her for one day.” With the following presentation, the initiative appealed to me by the fantastic experience offered by JA Europe to young European students. After I passed the Entrepreneurial Skills Pass (ESP) at the end of our company project, I was wholeheartedly convinced that both experiences created a certain interest and enthusiasm toward entrepreneurship subjects. Nonetheless, especially during the university application preparation, I felt something was missing in my curriculum: even if I gained experience during several summer placement or projects, there was a lack of personal confrontation with an experienced professional with the necessary time and space to meet and shadow him/her.

Furthermore, I feel a particular motivation to meet and follow a leader inside the enterprise’s structure and have an overview of the requirements for this workplace, which hopefully will help me to make several meaningful career choices. Thus, I consider the initiative creating a connection between education and the main business actors because it will certainly benefit both sides on the long term: students gain experience from leaders to guarantee a dynamic and sustainable future. In addition, I expect to meet a passionate and comprehensive leader, members and representatives of European organisations and maybe business partners, to build and expand my network.

Finally, I will have the opportunity to meet other young people from all across Europe who share a common interest in entrepreneurship and within this group, visit for example the European parliament, because there is a significant part of entrepreneurship related to communication, social relationships and team work.


At the moment I am a student at the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra. My field of study is International business with agrarian commodities, but I still remember the year when we started working in our students company as if it was yesterday...

We heard about it so many good thing and we were all very excited about it. We participated in Hyundai Skills for the Future competition. At first we didn't have a clue what our main product would be. In the last minute we had a great idea. There was no such thing that would help mothers with their children when they are driving. There are many car accidents because the children demand the mothers attention during driving so they needs to turn around. We wanted to create an application through which the mother could see her children in the back seat and the children could see their mother and it would calm them down. It was really hard to think through all the details. We later found a talented young man who created the application for us. All there was left was to promote our product. We got in touch with the local Hyundai car seller and he provided a car for us to shoot a commercial. We had the best time and we really learned how to work as a team. 

We were really excited when we went to the trade fair in Bratislava. We were full of expectations. We won the firs place in the category Hyundai Skills for the Future and five members of our team got the chance to go to the International trade fair in Frankfurt. I wasn't amongst the lucky students but we were all so happy when we found out that they won the first place. 

We gained many useful skills during this year, and of course some of us got the ESP certificate. I was very happy when I heard from JA Europe about the opportunity to go to Brussels. I didn't hesitate even for a moment and immediately applied for Leaders for a Day. I believe that this is a great chance for me to see how an ordinary day as a leader looks like. It will help me to discover which of my skills need improvement in order to become a leader myself. 

I started working as a financial consultant this summer. As I started studying at a university I have more free time so I can gain some practical skills. This experience will certainly help me improve myself in this area as well. Many students can´t find a job after they graduate, I want to avoid this by working in my free time. I don´t want to be lost in the World after school but know exactly what I am going to do and where I am going.

My hobbies are sports and wildlife photography. I go swimming two days a week and ride my bicycle other days. I had a knee injury and I have to do sports every day so it won't hurt. This changed the way I think in many ways. I was a bad swimmer at the beginning, but I couldn't give up, I had to push myself further and further to get to my goal, which was to live every day without any pain. 

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Growing up I understood that almost everyone needs a mentor in order to be successful no matter the field he/she is striving in. Leader for a Day offers several unique experiences, one of which is valued a lot - mentoring and sharing experiences. In this fast pacing world young people are intimidated by many factors and we as the next generation would benefit the most by connecting with people who have already been in the same field. 

I could not have been more excited and grateful for this wonderful opportunity for the other young people and me, chosen to meet Europe’s leaders in business and learn firsthand how to be one.

I believe that certain skills are required in order to succeed skills such as social, IT, presentation, negotiation and many more. The leaders are going to share some of their insight on how to manage yourself and other in order the business to excel in the right way. This amazing opportunity could only add to our experience, as eager to learn and open-minded young entrepreneurs. 

Picking the leaders brains for a day will certainly give us a better understanding of how business works in the real world. I am confident that the leaders are also keen on meeting the youth and future of Europe’s business.   

I hope that this unique event leaves a permanent mark in my mind and inspire me to reach out to my dreams and fulfill them. It is an incredible honor and privilege to be among the 40 young people chosen to participate in this event. I am eager and excited for the upcoming week.


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