On Friday 30th June, 12 more work guests poured into The Radcliffe School for its 18th one-hour Career WorkOut session this year. Worktree’s Career WorkOut sessions have reached more than 900 Radcliffe students aged 11-18 so far this year.
Friday’s session was with 45 Year 9 students (aged 13-14). In post-session evaluation questionnaires, all 12 guests agreed they had ‘enjoyed the session’ and ‘now feel more positive about my work’.
Andy Whitehead, of Isban, Santander’s IT arm, said: “Today reminded me of the uncertainty you feel when growing up. I loved doing this.”
“I loved seeing the students developing their thinking on wider issues like work-life balance,” said another volunteer on the day. “This was a very pleasant group to talk to. They were bright and asked searching questions. Very well done to them”.
Student outcomes from the session were impressive. Student questionnaires completed before and after the session showed average increases as follows: 18% increase in ‘I am confident talking to adults I don’t know’, 14% increase in ‘I am confident making choices about my work future’ and 8% increase in ‘I am motivated to learn and achieve’.
Worktree welcomes adults from all work backgrounds to be guests in one-hour Career WorkOut sessions. If you are a school parent or neighbour with any experience of the world of work, please contact Worktree at firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 07966 204109, or sign up directly at www.worktree.org/events.