Your future workforce is currently in education. Sharing your knowledge, experience and advice will inspire and inform their educational choices – helping them to develop the confidence to move into a role that is right for them – and be the right employee for you. Opportunities include helping with competitions (eg as a judge or team mentor), giving careers talk, participating in a careers fair, or providing one-to-one mentoring on a longer term basis.
Schools, colleges and universities value employers delivering a presentation about career paths in a particular industry or organisation, and/or sharing their personal career journey with students. The host institution will discuss with you the proposed content and timings of your talk, so that you can be confident it will be appropriate for the age and interests of students and any wider audience members (eg parents, carers and guardians).
Getting involved in careers events enables employers to increase young people’s understanding of their organisation or industry and inspire their future career choices. It can also be an opportunity to inform and influence parents, carers and guardians who can play a key role in young people’s career decisions. Careers events are usually targeted at students aged 14 and above, and you may be asked to act as an ambassador, contributing to school or college choices events, careers and/or recruitment fairs, a speed-networking event, or present a careers talk (see above).
Employers can provide invaluable advice and support on writing CVs, completing job applications and interviews. Activities you can take part in include offering CV feedback or workshops, practice interviews and Q&A sessions, all of which will help students to build their confidence, develop essential communication and presentation skills, and identify potential job vacancies.
Mentors provide a positive role model for young people. You work one-to-one with a student, typically aged 14 or above, to help build their confidence, develop their resilience, and support their aspirations. Some mentors also help students to develop particular subject knowledge and skills. You will build your relationship with a student through regular meetings over an extended period of time. In some cases the mentor-student work has a specific goal, such as preparing for an apprenticeship or job applications, or for higher level study at college or university.
Employers can help students to develop essential skills – such as teamwork, communication and problem solving – by getting involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. These activities include school clubs, and skills or entrepreneurial competitions at local, regional or national events. Your support could be in the form of setting challenges, running workshops, mentoring teams, and/or judging competitions.