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Hurdles & Success Stories
Share your story, or someone else’s, about the hurdles you faced and/or the successes you achieved when you first entered the workforce, or made another big life transition. Find out more...
Skills & Training
Help us identify new types of ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ skills that today’s young people might need to succeed in the workplace, and the ways in which they’re being acquired. Find out more...
The Employer’s Perspective
As an employer what’s your perspective on supporting young people in their transition to work? Find out more...
What have we missed? Inspire us with insights, examples and stories which go beyond our other missions for this challenge. Find out more...
What are some great examples of how businesses, governments, educators and NGOs have collaborated to help young people into employment? Find out more...
Let's equip young people to be better storytellers.
How might we enable youth to better tell the story of their life so far?
So much of making the jump from education to employment is how you tell the story of your journey so far -- and how well you can get your prospective employer to see the story of you working with them in the future. Interviews, job performance, self-management, "managing up", and the self-awareness required for a satisfying work experience -- all require a good grasp of telling your life story.
How might we enable youth to be better storytellers?
I learned about Jonathan Harris' web tool, Cowbird, at the EyeO festival today. It's a storytelling platform -- a place for reflection -- a wikipedia for life experiences. You start with a photo, add sound and/or text, and tell your story. You can add metadata to the story to connect to larger narratives (and find commonalities with others who have posted similar experiences). I see it as a tool for reflective self-expression, and a platform for learning deeper empathy.
It'd help youth get experience with & openness to failure, self-discovery. And, most importantly: learning to tell your own story.
Contribution submitted by: Cory Kendrick
June 08, 2012,
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