Careers talks are an opportunity for representatives from your business to share insights, careers guidance, lessons and tips to motivate and inspire students to make informed decisions about their future.

Career Talks

Introduction

An industry expert(s) or a key representative(s) from your organisation introduces themselves and engages with the students, outlining what it’s like to do what they do, where they work, and how they got there.

Question and answers

Students are encouraged to ask any questions they might have following the talk. As well as finding out more, this is also a chance for them to engage with people from the employer, taking their first steps in networking!

Group activity

Students break off into small groups and are given a task to complete, tackling a problem relevant to the employer, for example, or coming up with a concept. Representative(s) from the employer either sit in with each group (if there are enough individuals to do so) or ‘check in’ with each group during the activity, discussing what they’re doing and why, and addressing any issues they may be encountering.

Presentations

Each group feeds back to the wider group on what they’ve achieved, how they’ve overcome challenges and what else they would like to do given the time.

Networking

Students are able to talk more informally to representatives from the employer, and can ask any further questions. For those inspired to pursue a career in that business or industry, this is a great way to start building relationships, perhaps paving the way for work experience or a place on an apprenticeship or school leaver programme.

Top tips and tricks for speakers:

  1. Know your audience.
  2. Prepare and practice.
  3. Every talk should motivate a problem.
  4. Slides and text must not overwhelm the viewer.
  5. Images and diagrams and videos are often better than text - they help the audience to connect the dots and understand you.
  6. Every talk needs motivate to maintain the reader’s attention.
  7. Leave plenty of time for questions.
  8. Ask questions yourself. Get the audience involved, especially if they start to fidget.
  9. Keep it short, yes, but don’t lose the opportunity to really inspire them to do something amazing with their lives. Someone in that room will never forget your visit.
  10. Have fun!