This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to hear real stories from real people.
These events can be structured to suit your particular needs and age of students and can include anything from career inspiration talks to Career Fairs.
They can be used to support your lessons in the classroom, to look at particular business sectors that curriculum subjects can lead to; or simply to inspire your students about a range of career options open to them. You choose the format that will work for your students.
They can be useful in guiding students in making informed decisions about subject choices.
You can even hold your very own TED Talk, where inspirational speakers talk about their Career journey and students can ask them questions.
What is the impact of a Career or Jobs Event?
These events allow students to hear from real-life role models who can demonstrate the relevance and connection of what is taught in the classroom. They bring the curriculum to life and allow students to gain an understanding of what different careers entail.
They are a popular way of engaging young people with the world of work as they allow a great deal to be achieved in one setting and, when taking place in school, can provide the opportunity for a relaxed one to one conversation between young people and potential employers. This aspect is particularly important in creating interest and building confidence in future pathways for young people.
We recommend there is Q&A session after the talks so that students can ask their own questions.
These meaningful encounters inspire students and have a positive impact on their future life chances.
This encounter will help and support you to meet the following Gatsby Benchmarks:
1. A stable careers programme
Our digital platform enables time-poor educators to create a structured careers programme quickly and simply. We provide educators with clear guidance on the types of events they can book and, using smart algorithms, make recommendations on which speakers and volunteers will have the most impact.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
With our advanced filtering system, we put control of the student-employer encounter firmly in the hands of the educator, ensuring they can select speakers who are best suited to inspire their students. Educators can filter by industry, gender, race, company revenue and growth.
4. Linking curriculum learning with careers
We encourage all educators to bring their subject to life with Student-Employer-Encounters. Our machine learning algorithms remember educator preferences, making it even easier for educators to filter local speakers based on their curriculum needs.
5. Encounters with employers and employees
Our service connects children and young people directly with business leaders from their local communities. Our digital platform recommends a varied programme of careers encounters including career talks, speed mentoring, enterprise activities and workplace visits, all of which can be booked instantly through our platform.
7. Encounters with further and higher education
We enable educators to connect with a wide range of employers and employees who can speak to young people about their career path. By providing a diverse perspective on how they have approached their careers, students will be able to understand the different academic and vocational routes that are available to them.
8. Personal guidance
Using our clever digital platform, Founders4Schools is able to take into consideration the individual needs of educators and students. This means we can guide them towards encounter types and potential speakers to ensure they have the greatest impact.
From our research we found that this encounter type is most appropriate for the development of young people from 11 and up. Older pupils approaching decisions about post-16 or post-18 education and training participate in sessions targeting specific career readiness skills.
Do read the full report to get more information and context on this!