The event was organised by education charity Education and Employers to connect Year 11 and Sixth Form students with experienced professionals via a ‘speed dating’ model.
Students were given the opportunity to quiz professionals about their early career experiences, and to hear their advice for young people taking their first steps into the world of work.
Students heard from Employment Minister Esther Mc Vey at the event, and it was encouraging to have ministerial support for the initiative.
Events like this are a great way for employers to engage directly with students and support the careers guidance available in schools.
It’s so important for young people to be given opportunities to talk to working adults in all kinds of careers, because by going through the process of asking and answering questions, students are prompted to reflect on what they want out of work in the future.
We know that too many young people are leaving education without enough information about the career paths available to them, and at the same time we’re seeing skills shortages across the economy.
In the long term that’s bad news for business and for individuals.
In our manifesto for jobs, we’ve outlined key recommendations for the next government aimed at ensuring we build the best jobs market in the world.
Making sure that we prepare young people for the jobs of the future is central to this; we’re calling for careers advice to incorporate and use the expertise of employers and recruiters, so that young people are made aware of the skills that businesses are looking for.Recruiters have an important part to play in this as they are so well briefed on the realities of the jobs market, and it’s been so encouraging to see so many businesses in our industry sign up to our Youth Employment charter and commit to helping the next generation succeed.We’re encouraging more of our members to talk to us about they can get involved in the campaign and have just launched a new tool with Work Tree to specifically support this development.Our events offer a fresh alternative to speed dating and matchmaking.We don't find anything romantic about whistles, name-tags or over-the-top party trimmings typically found at singles events so we have done away with them.Creating an atmosphere that is at once casual and comfortable. For those that prefer the same simplified experience in matchmaking we offer our 'Date Nights' free of contracts or commitments.