Raising Aspirations for the future Workforce

 
Raising Aspirations for the future Workforce: The value of volunteering Since 2012 I have been invited to deliver a presentations and co-ordinate careers sessions for Inspiring the Future a national organisation which seeks to make a difference to raising aspirations and helping people to make informed choices about jobs and careers.

Added on 22 October 2013 by Ayiesha Russell

Raising Aspirations for the future Workforce

Raising Aspirations for the future Workforce: The value of volunteering

Since 2012 I have been invited to deliver a presentations and co-ordinate careers sessions for Inspiring the Future a national organisation which seeks to make a difference to raising aspirations and helping people to make informed choices about jobs and careers. It is supported by the Governments 2011 White Paper on Opening Doors and Breaking barriers for young people. Working alongside professionals from an array of fields ranging from Interior design to Management Consulting and with over 150 students in total I have shared insights on a career in research the education routes to work in executive education CV and Interview skills.

As part of the most recent event at Preston Manor School in Wembley called “Women Can’t What!?” over 100 students interviewed myself and the other volunteers to find out about our career paths and challenges and use the information to produce their own career resources in the form of posters on each profession. While developing careers knowledge the students who participated in this event concurrently developed their interpersonal communication prioritisation negotiation and team-working skills. Recent Ashridge Generation Y research suggests that developing work skills such as these are important for graduates starting in the workplace.

Both groups of students were curious about working in a Business School and in particular how psychological knowledge is used to help people learn. I was delighted that my group of students received an award for the group which displayed the best teamwork:

Inspiring the Future

Additionally recent research by Fiona dent and Viki Holton on Women’s Careers proved to be an invaluable resource for their Careers Co-ordinator and helped to identify ways that the students could prepare for their future now.

Being able to contribute to the success of the next generation of working professionals was an enriching experience. Inspire The Future needs more volunteers to provide learning opportunities for young people at a critical stage in their career development. I would highly recommend this experience to others and look forward to participating in future events.

What is Inspiring the Future?

Inspiring the Future is a free service which will see tens of thousands of people from all sectors and professions go into local state schools and colleges to talk about their jobs careers and the education routes they took.

‘Career insight’ talks

By giving short informal ‘Career insights’ and talking with young people in a school or college volunteers can make a real difference to their perceptions of what jobs and careers exist. It can also help them get a realistic view on the different routes into careers and their requirements.

Who can volunteer?

Everyone from CEOs to apprentices can volunteer for Inspiring the Future. Recent graduates school leavers and people in the early stages of their career can be inspirational to teenagers – being close in age they are easy to relate to; while senior staff have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share.

Inspiring the Future is easy

Volunteering for Inspiring the Future is free easy effective and fun. Volunteers and education providers are connected securely online and volunteering can take place near home or work as employees specify the geographic locations that suit them. Criminal Records Bureau checks are NOT needed for ‘Career Insight’ talks.

Benefits for employers

Large employers with branches and offices benefit from Inspiring the Future being a coordinated national volunteering programme but with local knowledge. Inspiring the Future can help embed a culture of continuous personal development across your workforce increase staff engagement and address long-term recruitment needs.

Employers receive free reports upon request on their employees’ interaction with the site through dedicated registration links. All employee details are secure and personal details of your employees are not accessible by schools and colleges.

Why should your staff volunteer in a school or college?

  • Getting young people interested in your job profession or sector can help develop the talent pool and ensure a skilled workforce in the future.
  • To help young people make informed choices. Going into schools and colleges can help dispel myths about jobs and professions and importantly ensure that young people have a realistic view of the world of work and the routes into it.
  • Practice communication and presentation skills in a different environment. Young people are a receptive enthusiastic and inquisitive audience; they often ask unexpected questions.
  • As an effective means of supporting corporate social responsibility and long-term recruitment objectives. As a gateway to working with state schools and colleges across the country.

Visit the website: http://www.inspiringthefuture.org/