Henry Nicholas consultants Poonam Thaker and Emma Whitting share their experience of partnering with the EY foundation at a local careers event for young people.
Henry Nicholas consultants, Poonam and Emma, were recently invited to speak at a local EY Foundation event to support 16 to 17 year-olds as they considered their first steps into the world of work. The EY Foundation – a UK charity set up by international professional services firm EY – supports young people (especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds) to find alternative routes into work. The July event, held at St. Brendan’s Sixth Form College in Brislington, South Bristol, saw local businesses come together to share their skills and advice with young people.
Poonam and Emma were thrilled to take part in the local event and provide targeted career and interview advice to the young people who attended.
“It was a real pleasure to speak to a group of 16 to 17 year-olds, many of whom were searching for their first-ever step on the career ladder or in further education. I talked to them about interview techniques and tips, from how to physically present themselves in interviews, to answering with examples and sharing their strengths and weaknesses.
We did some interview speed dating and it was really interesting to hear about their passions and what their career aspirations were after college. The session provided a great opportunity for them to practice their interview skills, and for many of them, it was the first time they had ever had to answer these types of questions. I hope the tips and advice we shared stay with them. I really believe that the ability to tell your story is a valuable skill in itself and something that will provide them with a strong foundation in their future careers.
I love volunteering and sharing my experiences, I hope to be part of another similar event soon.”
“I was speaking to young people from a 6th form college, in their first or second year, thinking about moving into the workplace or further education. We were the only recruiters at the event and I believe we had valuable advice to share about interview techniques and more general guidance on starting out on their career journey.
We facilitated some mock interviews and provided direct feedback which I hope was a useful learning experience for the young people who attended. It felt really good to use my expertise to help this next generation of candidates. I hope we gave them the confidence to reflect on what they want their career to look like and how they can start to build the skills to achieve these goals.”
At Henry Nicholas, we are committed to using our skills and expertise to make good things happen in our community. Thank you Emma and Poonam for your support, we can’t wait to hear about the next event!