We can all recollect back in our childhood, when grandma would say “What do you want to be when you grow up?”  The answers I’m sure are varied.  Some want to become a doctor, or lawyer.  Or perhaps a Police officer or Firefighter.  Whilst others (perhaps a more “female” role) as teacher or hairdresser.  It’s surprising how society and consumerism put’s these roles to a specific gender.  It may be that it is culturally or religious led.

But to me, it doesn’t matter what my daughters want to be or which career path they choose.  As long as they are happy and healthy, both physically and mentally.  Most 15 – 18 year olds may not have the opportunity to sit their GCSE or A-level exams due to the pandemic.  So much pressure is put on children from primary school age to work hard towards their SAT’s, and the pressure only increases with age. 

Me – first, I wanted to be a Cabin Crew member.  It may have been my first trip abroad with my mum to North Cyprus, seeing the glamourous and well-groomed female cabin crew staff.  I also remember wanting to be a beautician – my father advised against it.  Instead – he suggested going into banking or finance much to my horror.  Well, I had to stamp my teenage foot down on that idea, as to me, it seemed so boring!

Now there is so much on offer for school & university leavers.  They can get a taster of the profession with work experience.  Apprenticeship’s are becoming more widely acceptable including Graduate Programmes.

This week is National Careers Week, here are my top 5 tips your business.

  1. Contact your local high school or college – see if you can get involved with training programmes or perhaps deliver a presentation/lecture on your business’s industry.
  2. Par-take in the school/college/university Careers Day or Careers Fair
  3. Offer advice with CV writing and mock interviews.
  4. Offer work experience.
  5. Register for and employ an apprentice.

Afterall, you may inspire a young person’s future career choice.  They are our future and even if we don’t have children, nieces or nephews, even if we are a sole trader, we need to pass down our knowledge and skills – particularly those of a dying trade, and mentor young people into the world of work. 

“Failure doesn’t define you, it only makes you stronger and more determined to succeed.” Quote by Oya Emir-Wilson

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