Powerlist Foundation and Deloitte Leadership Programme standards are rising

The Powerlist Foundation and Deloitte Leadership Programme (PFDLP) received 135 applications for only 60 places which means that over half the applicants will not attend the event running from 12-14 July. That’s not to say that they are not exemplary students, just that the popularity and gravitas that the PFDLP now generates makes it a magnet for ambitious and ultra-savvy millennials who meet the programme’s criteria.

A short list of 80 applicants were interviewed by Veronica Martin, CEO of the Powerlist Foundation and Toyin Julius, Global HR Policy Manager at SThree, meaning 20 were disappointed. Having sat in on a few interviews last month, I was immensely impressed with the quality of the interviewees.

Besides high academic achievement, they all showed admirable input in the voluntary sector and also used their experience in employment stints to develop crucial social and life skills. Millennials are increasingly aware of the usefulness of having an entrepreneurial streak because the job market for them is so competitive and insecure.

The advances in technology mean that even a modest enterprise can grow exponentially through promotion online and on social media and one candidate in particular I observed at the interviews, stood out for doing just that with a successful T-shirt business.  He started with three others, all putting in only £500 each and they grew the business quickly. He has put the business on hold to concentrate on studies.
Another candidate intends to become a surgeon having been inspired by the American neuro-surgeon Ben Carson. The candidate has started blogging on medical issues and eventually wants to be a professor. While working as a receptionist at an optician he was able to tell a Ghanaian in her own language that she had the onset of glaucoma. He also enjoys coding and wants to create a medical app. In every aspect of his life he is showing incredible enthusiasm and maturity for a 21-year-old.

With candidates of this calibre, the PFDLP will produce exceptional high-achievers in the future. Some of the early PFDLP alumni are already succeeding greatly and many more look set to emulate them.