How school leavers can become career ready, boost self-esteem and enjoy a better job
Posted on 26th February 2018
Just before Christmas last year, I wrote about Career Ready, a brilliant charity that exists to help schoolchildren across the UK who are uncertain of what the world of work offers and how best to make the best of all their talents. In particular, Career Ready works with kids whose family background is such that they don’t really have any experience of professional careers and who might previously have been expected just to settle for “a job” rather than exploring the world of work fully and seeking to realise their full potential.
As a relatively new non-exec with Career Ready in Scotland, I have learned so much about their work and how valuable it is for many children on the cusp of adulthood and the world of work. Their two-year programme connects these youngsters to mentors in the business world so that on leaving school they are more confident and knowledgeable about their future career destiny and can make more informed choices.
We have now produced a major report on our progress in 2017 and it’s very encouraging. To give you a flavour, look at these quotes from teenagers all over Scotland:
“The inspiring people I met during my Career Ready journey, including my mentor from Scottish Gas, gave me motivation and showed me what I could achieve if I pushed myself. Career Ready has opened the door to opportunities I never thought would be possible.”
“This has honestly been one of the most beneficial experiences of my life. Before my internship I had no idea what to expect from the world of work but my mentor, Andrew, from Diageo, helped me so much.”
There are lots more of these, plus comments from employers and mentors as well as all the important facts and figures that show just how much effort (and money) is being put into the project. Please do take a couple of minutes (it really won’t take you long) to download and read the report at this link.
Nikola Kelly, MD, Be-IT
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