An Applying for Jobs encounter allows you to focus on the functional skills young people need to find a job in a supportive and insightful way by drawing on the business volunteers' real-world experience. The format is flexible and can include:
N.B. The educator determines the event format. The class size will have an impact on the format, if you are looking for intensive support please get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org so we can help with the booking process.
This encounter can help to improve students’ confidence and teach them valuable skills such as developing a CV or it can offer a safe space to practice interview techniques. It offers a real-life context which has a noticeable impact upon the attitude young people have towards the world of work, and their place within it. By demystifying some of the processes and terminology they can become empowered and can clearly identify how to express their own skills and learning in a context which will secure them employment.
The key to success is that the students have a chance to prepare ahead of time and understand this is a great learning opportunity to practice their skills and build their confidence and there is some follow up after the encounter.
‘If you’ve done it right you can then use that in later life, and feel like you’ve got the skills then that matter that you can take forward to any job that you want to apply for’- Pupil, West Hill School.
One pupil said they felt it would be ‘useful to learn more about how to write a CV specifically tailored towards a particular career instead of being more general’.
“In Year 10 (aged 14 and 15), before we started our first work placements, our whole year group was asked to do mock interviews and we went to…an external place, so we had interviews with adults…and we were given time, in coaching time to prepare for the mock interviews. We [were] asked questions that you’d be asked in an actual interview. It was good, because it gave you an insight in what an actual interview would be like.”
“I was able to experience certain fears and also areas for improvement … I’ve got an interview for a college coming up so the mock interview was a really good way of me knowing what to do, what not to do, how to approach it and how to overcome fears and certain emotions when I’m going into the interview.”
Here is one example per level of the areas of the "I can" framework that would typically be covered by engaging your young people in an employability event. Download the mapping document for more!
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