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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.