2. Use their experience of work, including work experience and part time jobs, to extend their understanding of work.
Clearly, the extent to which we can cover this depends on the age of students and their previous work experiences. However, through brainstorming, we discuss the students’ observations about how expectations can differ depending on sector and role. We also look at how over time working practices have evolved.
3. Learn about the way business enterprises operate, working roles and conditions, and rights and responsibilities in the work place.
As part of the session, students interview the consultants, questioning them about the implications of their role. Following a group discussion about rights and responsibilities at work, the students are asked to reflect on the different organizational behavior that they might expect in their desired role.
4. Develop awareness of the extent and diversity of local and national employment opportunities.
As part of the initial plenary, the consultants give an up-to-date synopsis of ‘today’s marketplace’, which is later complimented by a session focusing on key resources for job seekers.
5. Relate their own abilities, attributes and achievements to career intentions and make informed choices based on an understanding of the alternatives.
The underlying theme of the entire session relates to the individual portfolio and aspirations of each student. Each student has the opportunity to discuss and seek advice from the consultants about a professional field that is of interest to them and they are encouraged to consider the nature of the role and the specific skills that it might require.
6. Undertake tasks and activities set in work contexts.
Although the session may take place in school, the unique approach of our consultants and the nature of the activities ensure that the programme’s feel is ‘external’ and professional. The interviews are conducted as they would be in real life and the resources used come directly from existing businesses.
7. Learn from contact with personnel from different employment sectors.