Introducing Career Minds
A new volunteering programme to prepare young people for the world of work.
We are passionate about the financial resilience of the nation. This includes making sure young people are ready for work, so they can be financially savvy as they enter adulthood. So, this autumn we launched Career Minds, a new volunteering programme that enables our colleagues to use their skills to help 14-16 year olds prepare for the world of work.
This follows the success of Money Minds, our financial education programme, which we’ve delivered to over 20,000 young people since launching in 2016.
Following feedback from colleagues and research with young people and schools, we developed a programme around two topics: interview skills and CV writing. All material has been co-created with The EBP (The Education Business Partnership) who has ensured the programme meets curriculum standards.
This is an interactive workshop helping young people understand the process of applying for jobs, as well as how to put together a great CV and write a cover letter that says 'pick me'. The session also brings to life jobs in differing job sectors and helps young people to understand the qualities needed for each and recognise those qualities and skills within themselves.
This is a session of practical activities and role play to help young people understand and prepare for real-life job interviews. They'll go away with a good knowledge of different types of interview, what to expect during an interview and also their own personal branding.
We’ve seen a positive response from the sessions we’ve held so far with one student saying
We learnt about different jobs and other peoples’ experiences and also some good tips
and another one added,
I learnt lots of things I didn’t know and skills I can use in the future.
It’s also about our colleagues seeing the rewards from these sessions as well. Business Change Manager, Nicola O’Hagan, said
I really enjoyed running the Career Minds session, I think it’s fantastic that we are investing time on this generation. The skills we are covering will be of real benefit to the students at various points in their lives. I really hope we made a difference.
We also offer work place visits, mentoring, assessment centres and industry days to help raise the aspirations of young students, increase their chances of employability and encourage them to achieve their dream role.