Life SkillsBy Lisa Edwards | September 4, 2013
‘Life Skills’ is a national community event sponsored by Barclays and designed to provide young people with the skills that they need for life.
At a recent event at a Coventry secondary school, I was fortunate to be part of three CV writing workshops, for youngsters aged 13-14. We were advising them on the things employers look for, giving hints and tips on improving their CVs. We even asked them what they would look for, if they were employers.
It was a great event, really interactive – and many of the pupils already knew which career they wanted to pursue. Some hoped to be doctors, some accountants and others MI analysts – they were very switched on and it was really encouraging to discover some were doing voluntary work to improve their prospects. I wasn’t expecting the pupils to have decided on a career path and to be acting on their ambitions already!
Reporting back to us after the event, the teachers told us they too had learnt from the workshops, so it’s obvious how beneficial ‘Life Skills’ can be.
As far as I am aware, schools no longer have dedicated career advisors, so there is clearly a need to support young people and Barclays can help. ‘Life Skills’ gives us the opportunity to put something back into the communities in which we trade.