Career WorkOut introduces students to work guests from different work backgrounds, so they can find out what it’s really like to do different jobs, in a one-hour speed-interview session. Click here to have a go at being a volunteer work guest.
How it works. You’ll join 7-8 other work guests to answer questions from small groups of 2-4 students in a carousel of 6-7 minute interviews, a bit like speed-dating! They’ll ask you open questions about your job, how you got it and what it’s like for you. When the time is up the students move to the next guest, and so on until the end of the session.
Who can do it. Guests can be anyone who has experience of work, including self-employment, even unemployment. Ideally they will have or have had the kinds of jobs to which the young people can reasonably aspire. A young person who has been working in a shop, or as a junior mechanic or trainee nurse for a year, is as important to this as a top manager, senior government employee or business owner.
What you need to do. Just turn up, relax and be yourself. You don’t need to prepare anything, just answer the questions as honestly as you can. There are no right or wrong answers. Career WorkOut is easy, informative, fast-paced and fun. See Tips for volunteers.
What’s in it for you. A break from your day-to-day. A chance to inspire young people and learn about what they think. These sessions give guests a chance to say what they do for work and why, find out more about young people today and network with guests from other local businesses. It’ll make your day!
What’s in it for a company. It can help recruit new staff as well as develop current staff, especially helping them think newly about their current role and focus. It can also raise the company’s profile in the local community.
To see what work guests from NHBC say about it, click this video. Click links here to read how Dawn from Barclays Bank, Jenny Howells from MK Hospital, Tom Merchant from Niftylift and Abigail Burdiak from Shoosmiths enjoyed it!
To find out about our vision for ‘Career WorkOut 50’, click here.
If you are interested in doing ‘WorkOut’ with primary school children, try Primary WorkOut.