Career WorkOut introduces young people aged 11-18 to work guests from a range of work backgrounds in a series of brief encounters.
This helps schools to achieve the Gatsby Benchmark 5, ‘Encounters with employers and employees’, which all secondary schools are expected to deliver (UK Government Careers Strategy, December 2017).
The aim is to develop young people’s career awareness, aspirations and speaking and listening skills. We want volunteer workers simply to Be Our Guest and answer questions honestly. Guests report afterwards that they enjoyed the activity and felt valued by the students (see Outcomes).
How it works
A group of guests from different work backgrounds sit in a circle facing outwards, each faced by 2-4 learners. At the facilitator’s instruction, students begin asking their first work guest open questions about his or her personal experience of work. After 6-8 minutes, the facilitator stops the conversations and asks the students to move to the next guest in the circle and begin again. They continue until they have met 7-8 guests within an hour.
WorkOut is fast paced, easy and fun, as well as informative and helpful for both young people and adults.