Help young people get an insight into your career story

This week, 5-10 March 2018 is National Careers Week (NCW 2018) and National Apprenticeship Week (NAW 2018). Both promote the importance and need for innovative ways to connect young people to the multi-faceted world of work. And the bottom line is that schools and colleges need help from people like you in the workplace to make this challenge a reality.

On Thursday 1 March 2018 KPMG UK kindly hosted a ‘Borough Breakfast’ for Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) enterprise advisors. CIPD in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise Company and the Mayors Fund for London have a growing number of professionals who commit their time to supporting a school or college to develop a careers strategy. Like many of my fellow enterprise advisors I braved the snow and severe transport disruptions to get to Canary Wharf and hear an enlightening talk from fellow enterprise advisor, Clare MacDonald. As the Deputy Director for Careers and Basic Skills at the Department of Education, Clare discussed elements of the government’s new schools and colleges careers strategy published December 2017.

The central point of discussion was the need to introduce careers advice from an early age and establish sustainable links with local labour markets. This is reinforced by the current strong rhetoric on skills gaps;

‘acute shortage of skilled workers’,‘struggling to fill key vacancies ‘, ‘income inequality’ and ‘social mobility’.

It seems a formidable task and every contribution could help ease the load and make a real difference.

The value of workplace encounters through what I have termed ‘collaborative careers conversation’ will go a long way to connecting, mentoring and inspiring our next generation. It may stimulate entrepreneurism, investment in skills and it may offer alternative pathways to those young people seeking something diverse or unique. The outcome of your discretionary effort will have merit for at least one individual.

So, I ask you and your networks to consider having at least one, ‘collaborative careers conversation’ with a local or connected school during 2018. It could be as informal as sharing your career story, a company presentation or any platform that can offer a lens into the world of potential careers to a young mind.

Today, through my network I have signed up two people to come along and share their career story with a local school in Hillingdon, UK.

If you want to help young people get an insight into your career story, contact me.

Neena Speding
Chartered MCIPD, BSc (Hons) HRM, PGCE
Emotional Intelligence Thought Leader & Collaborator
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