June 06, 2012, 05:28PM
The Challenge991 followers
How can we equip young people with the skills, information and opportunities to succeed in the world of work?
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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...
Mission #1 Hurdles & Success Stories Find out more...
Interview your heroesAsk your heroes for career advice, and you never know where it'll lead.
I graduated from university about 2 years ago, in the midst of the recession. Job prospects weren't great, but one thing helped me get a good job.
For a year before graduation my friend William Channer and I ran a podcast where we interviewed our heroes in the world of entrepreneurship, marketing and design. People are receptive to being interviewed, no matter how famous they are, because they want to give back to the community.
From the podcast William got a mentor and lots of advice about breaking into the advertising industry, and I got a job at a fast growing London startup.
Starting a podcast or just reaching out to your heroes via email is very easy to do, and it really worked for us.
"If you ask someone for help, they give you advice. Ask for advice, and they'll give you help." So be sure to ask for lots of advice!