On Thursday 19 April Future First and IGD, a research and training charity in grocery and distribution, bought 8 volunteers in to work with our Year 12 and 13 students. The volunteers were from a range of national businesses including retailers, manufacturers and the civil service; all with jobs linked to grocery and distribution. In the morning twenty-one Year 12 students took part in a workshop entitled ‘Hidden Job Market’ where they looked at the range of jobs available in the grocery and distribution sector, as well as learning how to introduce themselves and begin networking. They also spent time looking at examples of introductory e-mails and how to make a positive impression on-line.
In the afternoon a different group of twenty Year 12 and 13 students took part in ‘Building My Brand’. This again encouraged them to introduce themselves in a professional manner and to network. This session then involved all of the students having a mini mock interview with the volunteers, and receiving individual feedback.
Both workshops were engaging and fun and really improved the confidence of those involved. The volunteers had a huge range of backgrounds and had very different ways that they ended up in their current jobs. This was a very important message and made the students realise that there are many different routes into jobs. We look forward to working with Future First and IGD again in the future.
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