Online work encounters and experiences that take place between students and employers are happening to a greater extent than ever before due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while face-to-face contact is not possible.
Across the country, Careers Leaders and employers have responded creatively, adapting their careers programmes to the new environment so that young people can be inspired and prepared for the world of work. The current focus on digital solutions has prompted questions about which online activities count as a meaningful encounter with employers (Gatsby Benchmark 5) and workplace experiences (Gatsby Benchmark 6).
The Careers & Enterprise Company and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation have been listening carefully to the experiences of schools, colleges and others in the careers community during this period and have used this early learning to provide initial guidance which can be found here.
How to think differently…
- Contact your Enterprise Coordinator to discuss the unknowns, the barriers and your ideas
- Reach out to your Careers Leader network and share solutions
- What advice can your Enterprise Adviser offer. They will have the most up-to-date business perspective
Most importantly, focus on your students. What do they want, need and deserve?
THOUGHTS FROM SIR JOHN HOLMAN, AUTHOR OF THE GATSBY BENCHMARKS
In this article, Sir John lays out the critical importance of continuing encounters with employers and workplace experiences.
“Between them, these Benchmarks give young people a 360-degree view of the world of work and equip them to make their own decisions about future courses of study and training. They provide breadth of knowledge, by exposing students to a range of different employment and education settings, challenging common stereotypes along the way.”