In this uncertain climate, students have many pressure – academic, personal and social – and although teachers and schools do their best alongside parents to prepare young people for their futures and the world of work, we think businesses and organisations are best placed to share the opportunities and requirements of the future workplace.

A report by the Careers and Enterprise Company ‘Moments of Choice’ found that young people find career choices hard – they face a ‘high cognitive burden’ when weighing up options and often fall back on simple heuristics from parents and family. This advice is often out of date or simply wrong.

The Moments of Choice report suggests that encounters with the world of work are more often cited as sources of career inspiration and interest.

Hooked yet? Here’s some more research from the World Economic Forum:

The World Economic Forum* believe these are the top skills young people will need to succeed in the workplace of the future:

  1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  2. Collaboration and Leading by Influence
  3. Agility and Adaptability
  4. Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
  5. Good Oral and Written Communication
  6. Accessing and Analysing Information
  7. Curiosity and Imagination.

Schools and colleges DO support these areas of development but we think they need some outside support – after all if businesses want work-ready students then businesses should help. Right?

Whilst 66% of employers think that Work Experience is critical or significant when hiring staff, only 38% of employers actually offer it! (From Moments Of Choice report from the Careers & Enterprise Company 2017).

“Young adults who recalled greater levels of contact with employers while at school…earned an average of 18% more than their peers” Dr Anthony Mann (Education and Employers’ Task Force)

Business in the Community (BITC) research carried out into with leaders found that 63% of those surveyed thought that factoring in social and environmental issues into commercial decisions is crucial in Responsible Leadership.

Along the way, your staff benefit also, and when staff benefit through delivering and supporting their local communities through CSR, the organisations benefits too.

 

 * Dr Tony Wagner, Harvard Change Leadership Group.