At only 16 Dan Miller set up his business Young Professionals to help better the careers and business advice delivered in schools. He secured the support and sponsorship from Barclays, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Turner & Townsend, Derby County FC, Rolls-Royce, 3AAA and a number of other big corporates. He wants to show other young students that they too can set up their own businesses if they put their mind to it; anything is possible no matter what age you are.
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Dan Miller is only 20 years old, however he successfully heads a recruitment enterprise business ‘Young Professionals’ worth over £1 million with an impressive list of 30 global brands including EY, IBM and Lloyds Bank. Starting a business at the age of 17 whilst studying for his A’ levels was a steep learning curve Dan admits, however he worked hard and is proud of his core product – a recruitment app that connects employers with teenagers who are unsold on the benefits of university.
His mission is to be the next LinkedIn, but for young students. He says. “There are recruitment apps for graduates but no one else has a very slick and sophisticated app dedicated to the school leaver market. “ Applicants are encouraged to upload video CVs onto their app profiles as Dan understands that recruitment is going digital. He believes that it’s much easier for employers to get an impression of a candidate through a one-minute video compared to a written CV.
Young Professionals also stages structured career events across the UK to introduce school and college leavers to a wealth of sectors and provide a full agenda of workshops, keynote presentations and networking. Dan has created a network of more than 2,500 schools and colleges, providing a marketing and communications outreach of at least 500,000 students.
Founded on an entrepreneurial scholarship, Young Professionals made £45,000 last year, plus a £50,000 investment. Like any entrepreneur, Dan wants more and is looking to scale up and grow his company and seeking an additional £250k of investment. He recently secured a partnership deal with a FTSE 100 company that enabled him to work from its HQ based on the Strand. At the same time, Young Professionals pledged to inspire and reach out to two million students by 2022. So far it has reached out to 560,000 with the help of the 30 brands it is working with. “
A young role model for entrepreneurship, Dan believes that the government should do more to support students in 6th form who want to go into business, he is also currently lobbying Government on changing a legislation with regards to business banking systems.
Dan regularly speaks at business and educational establishments events about the entrepreneurial mindset, innovation / change and building skill sets for the future, achieving goals, young people / generation Y. He has appeared on TV and the radio and is regularly featured in newspapers. During his speeches to students, Dan inspires them to think about alternate pathways to work, other than staying on for education. He tells the inspiring story of how he started his business and all the problems he overcame along the way. He discusses the successful elements of an ‘elevator pitch’ and how to network and relay confidence.
The Entrepreneurial Mindset
The 17 year old CEO – My Story
Confidence, Networking and Leadership
“Dan’s presentation was perfect for a Young Professionals Network Launch for our members between the ages of 18-35 years old. Dan is very inspiring and has an impressive story to tell. We received great positive feedback from his presentation, our members thought he was positive, engaging and entertaining.” Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment
“It was great to have Dan to communicate so effectively with our Year 12 students – they really connected with his passionate and committed message, encouraging them all that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to.” Vice Principal, The Nottingham Emmanuel School
“Young Professionals UK is forward thinking and led efficiently by Dan Miller. My students enjoy working with Dan and see him as an inspiring role model who they can aspire to be like. He has supported the development of Employability and Enterprise skills within my organisation, so that our learners are gaining opportunities that will no doubt put them ahead of others and allow them to develop their skills so that they feel confident to take their next steps.” Director of Learning, Bramcote College
“Dan is our youngest member of the Institute of Directors and is truly inspiring for one so young. His drive and determination shine through and will take him far in his journey through his working life. Dan was also a speaker at our Young Directors Convention recently and showed not only an aptitude for public speaking but captured the imagination of many in the audience.” Head of Business Development, Institute of Directors
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