29 pupils aged 14-16 and 22 guests took part in Worktree’s first delivery of Career WorkOut in Sweden. Hosted by the English School Gothenburg, the sessions appeared to generate remarkable increases in students’ employability confidence. According to results from Before/After questionnaires:
- 28% increase in “I am confident making choices about my future work options”
- 30% increase in “I am confident talking to adults I don’t know”
- 6% increase in “I am committed to learning and want to achieve”.
“I learned to see the other side of things,” said one student. “I learned that if you ever screw up or realise you have chosen wrong, you will probably still succeed if you work and hard.”
Another student said: “Honestly I am just even surer that I should get a job in research.”
Another student said: “I loved this encounter, would have loved to have more time with the guests. Can we have this again?”
10 external guests attended, including a mechanical engineer, a music promoter, an accountant and a dentist. All strongly agreed they ‘enjoyed the session’ and ‘would be happy to do it again’. 4 out of 10 strongly agreed with the statement ‘I now feel more positive about my work’.
“I liked how much I felt I could help kids with their questions,” said one. “It was lovely to see they enthusiasm and curiosity.”
Another guest said: “I learned that I should actually change jobs!!”
“They are very inspired and happy about the experience,” said teacher David Hulten.
On 25th October, 24 students aged 13-14 took part in a full-day Engage Me workshop, including a Career WorkOut session with 11 work guests.
Student results from questions Before and After the workshop were:
- 14% increase in “I am confident making choices about my future work options”
- 54% increase in “I am confident talking to adults I don’t know”
- 13% increase in “I am committed to learning and want to achieve”.
One student wrote: “I liked all of the activities we did today and I learned that it is important to change job if you do not feel happy at your current one and that it is ok to not know what you want to be right now.”
Another student said: “I have learnt how to be more open. I learnt how to create questions based on what the person said.”
Another student said: “I’ve learnt how to cooperate with new people, and how tto act during an interview which was so fun!”
12 guests attended. All strongly agreed they ‘enjoyed the session’ and 8 out of 12 strongly agreed with the statement ‘I now feel more positive about my work’ (all agreed).
One of the guests wrote: “Many of the questions were brain opening for me. The kids were actually quite thoughtful and took the opportunity seriously.”
Another guest said: “I realised that I’ve actually worked hard in my life and achieved some great things!”
“These were incredibly powerful sessions for my students,” said Headteacher Andrew Potter. “Their self assessment showed a dramatic increase in their confidence in speaking to adults and their ability to present themselves. It gave them a new perspective on the world of work, the breadth of careers that are out there and the indirect route that many of us follow before finding our true vocation.
“For the guests, who were mostly parents of younger children in the school, the experience was also a thrill. Many had the opportunity to reflect on their own work and appreciate their own skills, experience and progress in a fresh light. We have already had offers of work experience placements in workplaces we have not reached before.”