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How employers can engage school students
MyKindaFuture tutor, Tash Moore delivers sessions to engage school students with the reality of working life. Here she shares some of her experiences that are helping employers to better connect in the classroom.
It’s not uncommon for a young person to feel distance between themselves and the world of work. Although someone may understand the semantics of a job role, it’s impossible to know what it’s like to actually be in that role: what they do, what their working environment looks like, who they work with, what a typical day or week may entail, and so forth.
What sector do you think students don’t understand and why?
To be honest, most sectors! If you’ve spent your entire education inside a classroom, you cannot ever truly understand what it’s like in the real working world.
What is the best employer experience that you have delivered to engage school students?
For the last six years I’ve felt privileged to work with the international law firm, Allen & Overy. Its Smart Start initiative is about to enter its eleventh year and the impact it has had on young people from disadvantaged backgrounds is truly inspiring.
What is the most challenging session that you have run?
Working on the Army campaign was interesting because the students would always ask challenging comments about combat. The most commonly asked question was, ‘have you ever killed anyone?’ However, the aim of this campaign was to show students the scope of roles available (over 70!), particularly those relating to STEM careers.
What is the best example of a brand coming to life?
Deloitte created a fantastic resource called ‘Open the Curiosity Box’. It’s a puzzle that can be completed by utilising Deloitte’s core values. It also requires teamwork, and it’s fun to complete. Their branding is outstanding and this resource was simple in concept, and highly effective in practice.
How do you build a relationship with teachers?
Teachers trust our level of expertise and they’re always grateful for opportunities that enable their students to engage with employers. As tutors, it’s about giving them a clear brief as to what the event entails, managing their expectations, facilitating networking opportunities between teachers and employers and delivering the best possible experience for their students.
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