This is a tough time for those school leavers (or close to leaving school) in Year 10, 11 and 12 grappling with ‘what am I going to do after graduation?’.
For those parents whose own employment is not secure, it’s not easy to reassure and prepare their school leavers for interviews and career decisions when the world is in such flux.
As you know, it’s difficult to solve a problem if you don’t know what the issues are. So… we flat out asked our teenage school leavers.
What are you most worried out after graduation?
Here’s what we found out.
School Leavers Biggest Concerns About Going Into The Big Wide World
- I have planned to go to university, what if I select the wrong degree, that will put be way behind everyone else in my career if I change midstream.
- What if my first choice becomes redundant as careers have changed so much during 2019, how do I know there will still be a career path?
- Apprenticeships are going to be more popular than ever, what if I cannot get one?
- What is the best apprenticeship to choose to ensure I have a job in the future?
3. Full Time – Entry Level Jobs
- I have no idea what expect during a job interview?
- How do I sell myselfand stand out from all the other applicants?
- How do I show an employer what I am capable of it I have never had a job?
What You Can Do To Help Teenagers Moving from School to Work
It’s a good idea to work with what we know is happening with employment trends right now.
Look closely at what we call ‘future proofed’ industries/careers to waylay fears around job security and degree selection.
Here are some that have shown to be Future Proof Industries:
- Data driven careers
- The tech industry, digital and e-commerce
- Education and Learning
- Artificial Intelligence
- Essential Services such as Food Preparation and Packaging, Healthcare and Power, Gas and Telco’s
- Emergency Services
- Local and Federal Government
- Trade Services, Construction etc
- Accounting and Finance
But why select one path? Adding a Micro Credential to your degree course provides you with more options. To quote a famous billionaire “create multiple streams of income”.
We also know that school leavers in 2019 – 2020 will most likely have only one career path. They could have around 17 jobs and 5 different careers. So setting them up now for diversity in training and qualifications is a proactive step.
Apprenticeships will be really popular. These have always been highly sought after by school leavers, so start connecting and building relationships with those employers now. Volunteer as a weekend labourer or go and seek a mentor from within the industry. Creating that personal relationship will give you a leg up when the time comes to select an apprentice.
Nobody likes to ‘sell themselves’. It makes you feel like a complete Muppet and in an interview, just adds stress. I don’t advocate it. I do however advocate heading into any interview fully prepared, with the facts and proof of your ability. Knowing who you are and being able to talk about yourself is key to having the confidence to perform.
A great place to start pulling that information together is by completing some personality profiles. If you complete a few of them, you will see trends emerge around who you are and what motivates you, knowing that is a powerful tool when heading into any interview.
A few Personality Profile Surveys you might like to try are:
- FREE: 16 Personalities: www.16personalities.com
- FREE: www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp#questionnaire
- FREE: Emotional Intelligence Quiz: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/quizzes/ei_quiz
- FREE: Empathy Quotient: https://psychology-tools.com/test/empathy-quotient
My aim with this article is to reassure you as parents, that there are things you can do to waylay the fears of your school leavers.
Now, you might be thinking, it’s tough to give that advice to your own child, cos you are just ‘mum’. I 100% agree, it is tough and you are not alone. We know first hand that our kids won’t take that advice from us either and we interview experts!
But hang in there, persevere and your school leavers will flourish in the big world.
What advice would you give to school leavers? Tell us in the comments below.