STUDENTS NEED TO PLAY TO THEIR STRENGTHS FOR SUCCESS IN THE CLASSROOM – AND IN THE BRAVE, NEW WORKPLACE
We all recognise that the world of work is changing fast, and one of the most sought-after skills is being able to work flexibly with people from all sorts of different backgrounds. This month’s guest blog is by Victoria Bird of team performance specialists, Belbin who explains why team work matters so much.
If you child has been identified as having Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) helping your teen to get work experience or into full time work can sometimes feel like a bit of a challenge, but it needn’t be. We asked Katie Smith, Partnership and Innovation Manager of dyslexia recruitment specialists, Exceptional Individuals to share her thoughts on how to help your child.
Adam Bytheway is a mechanical technician at Chemoxy International, one of Europe’s leading chemical contract manufacturers. He was able to train and qualify for his role through an engineering apprenticeship with the company.
Here, he takes a look at why an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering could be a rewarding career choice for your child.
This month’s guest blogger is Jenny Karlsson from EngineeringUK who outlines what a career in engineering is all about and how to see if your teen is a budding engineer in the making.
Engineers are at the forefront of shaping the world we live in, helping to solve our biggest challenges. From dealing with cyber security and minimising the impact of natural disasters to developing sustainable energy, food, housing and products; engineers help pave the way to a better future for everyone.
This article, written by Laura Slingo from the UK’s leading independent job board CV-Library, has been written for you to share with your teenager so you can help them to understand what is expected of them in the working world and how their actions have consequences.
Sometimes we say things in the heat of the moment and regret our choice of words and phrasing. For teenagers, still learning the ways of the world, it can be easy to find oneself ruled by one’s emotions, and fly off the handle at a misunderstanding, burning bridges before they’ve even been built. Understanding what is expected of you in the world of work will help you to start your career the right way and enable you to avoid burning bridges with employers which could cause costly mistakes.
NEW TOOLKIT FOR SAVVY PARENT TO MAX THEIR TEENAGERS’ CAREER PROSPECTS
We are delighted to announce today that we have launched a new online resource to enable parents to transform their own teenagers’ academic and vocational career prospects. The ‘INSPiRED Teenager’ programme is an eight-part video-based career coaching toolkit complete with a set of accompanying eBooks. Developed by Carolyn Parry, the CDI’s Career Coach of the Year, the self-paced kit equips parents with all the resources they need.
Alice in Wonderland: Which way should I go?
Cat: That depends on where you are going.
Alice: I don’t know.
Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.
The same advice applies to your child’s career. Which is why students that don’t like to think about work and careers, that assume work will work itself out, often struggle to get the kind of job they want. And the world of work can be confusing. Did you know that 80% of employers don’t mind what students study? This means that your qualifications won’t always determine what job your child will end up doing.
Today’s young people have a world of opportunities before them, which is great, but also daunting. With so many options, it can be difficult to make sense of them and choose the most fitting, so we asked Dr Brooke Storer-Church, Senior Policy Advisor, Subjects and Skills at HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council For England) for advice.
In the first of two articles by Charles Hardy, Higher Education Partner at LinkedIn and LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com), he outlines why you should help your young person use LinkedIn (and it’s not just about finding jobs).
A personal statement is a brief, eye catching statement that explains your reasons for applying while highlighting your key skills.
It should be the very first item at the top of your CV and should show that you know about the job you are applying for and why you would be good at it.
You might find this approach useful in other situations too. For example, on an application form there might be a section called ‘Reasons for Applying’.
Always think about how you might tweak your statement when applying for new jobs.
It might seem a little daunting at first but with the help of some examples (see below) you will soon get the hang of it.
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