With many young people struggling to find work, it’s wise to ask the question, ‘What are employers are looking for?’ As well as having good qualifications, it is skills and experiences that can make you a desirable employee. What skills are needed? How do I get real life experiences in the world of work?
In June, Year 10 students undertake a one week work experience placement. Work experience gives students the chance to learn new skills and improve those they already have. There is a lot of class preparation earlier in the year to develop employability skills and students are actively encouraged to find their own placements.
Students can start by:
•Thinking about the sort of person they are – what they like/dislike?
•Thinking about what they might look for in a job – working with people, animals, buildings, land, equipment or computers?
•Would they like to work in a shop, hospital, school, hairdressers, office, television or design studio, building site, garage, or maybe a laboratory?
•Trying to list any jobs that fit – what jobs match who you are with what they’d like in a job? This can be a good place to start.