Equipping young people to thrive in the Workplace;

Equipping Young People to Thrive in the Workplace.

Research by professional bodies reveal that millennials, especially young school leavers are hardly work ready after leaving school. Evidence shows they need more support to advance and to thrive in the place of work.

It is now apparent that professional development workshops and activities need to be encouraged in educational institutions. This will ensure young people begin early to receive work skills training that adequately prepares them to advance and thrive in the workplace professionally and mentally.

A graduate study at The University of Law UK, (The challenges young people face advancing into the workplace and how to alleviate some of these challenges), revealed that although most young people may have the educational training and technological know-how to make a positive impact at work, they are far less prepared to thrive mentally and professionally at the place of work.

A recent study by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) – 2023, (Making young people a vital part of the work place), revealed that the needs of young people within the ages of 13-24, ‘were going unmet and increasing intergenerational inequalities were emerging. For this reason the transition to adulthood was already creating problems for many young people’. 

key findings from the research are as follows: 21% of employers did not hire from ages 21-25. Two in five did not hire from 18 – 21 age group. 68% did not hire from 16 – 17 age group.
 25% of employers have limited experience hiring disadvantaged young people. The study also revealed that employers feel young people are hindered by; Lack of work skills 42%, lack of experience 36% and lack of confidence 34%.

The studies also highlighted the fact that young people are among those most negatively affected by the recent pandemic, this stemmed from poor educational experiences which deepened their challenges to find and secure work. The result is that many are discouraged, uncertain about future prospects and anxious about their wellbeing.

It is now, more important than ever, to focus on supporting their transition and progression to the world of work. Support them to secure good quality work that will have a lasting positive impact on their future outcomes. 

Failing to do this, may risk our future generation being scared with lifetime economic and social burdens which will cost us all dearly in the future.

There is therefore, an urgent need to ensure that our young people have the opportunity for sustainable healthy working lives. This objectives must be met by policymakers, employers, educational institutions and the wider community. Also, these new policies must address the challenges employers face as they struggle to access the labour they need to function most effectively.

Useful recommendations to alleviate these challenges;

Studies reveal that these challenges need to be addressed effectively as millennials and Gen Z cohorts seem poised to shift the trajectory in the workplace. This will be positive if they receive the right support and training development. Some recommendations include;

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Benefits of Work;

Working is fundamental to our wellbeing and gives us a chance to use our gifts and skills to support ourselves and others, thereby fulfilling our potential and purpose; You can be working in a job for convenience or in your area of purpose.

There is a difference between doing a job (vocation);  and working in your area of purpose or passion;

Your area of purpose is usually something you care deeply about (passion), enough to make a notable difference. This passion keeps you motivated and driven against all odds. While a lot of jobs are often something people do just to earn a living or to make ends meet but not necessarily passionate about. However, working at a job can be your path to get to your area of passion. Therefore your job is still beneficial if you have a plan of direction.

Most importantly, one is always better off working any legitimate job than doing nothing.

In seeking to get into work, it is vital to identify what your core strengths are. Knowing this will help you plan your direction in work even when you have started in an area of vocation you are not necessarily passionate about – This ensures you are not stuck in this vocation and subsequently end up frustrated and unfulfilled.

The benefits of work;  
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How to Keep a Positive Attitude to Work;

A positive Attitude to work is vital to success in the workplace.

Keeping a positive attitude to work will make you enjoy your job, earn you a promotion and most importantly, keep you on track towards achieving your professional goals – The right attitude attracts new opportunities because more people are happy to work with you. As the proverbial statement goes;

‘Your attitude determines your altitude’


7 ways to keep a Positive Attitude at work;

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