I’ve Seen The Future – And It’s Wearing Boxers

The future of university education

University is changing In the old days, you'd go to university for 3 or 4 years. You'd live on ramen noodles (or Pot Noodles if you were at a British uni). You'd take all your washing home every few months for your Mom to take care of. And you'd come out the other side with a lot of debt and hopefully a degree to show for it. You'd then get a job that in many cases is only … [Read more...]

Previous Experience Required… But Not Desired

Acting like you work here doesn't go over well in most youth work settings

We've all seen it on a job description: 'Those with Previous Youth Work Experience Preferred' or 'Previous Experience with Youth Required.' Experience is becoming much more valuable to youth work employers, even for faith-based youth workers. Unless you're planning to start at the bottom - with volunteering, an internship, part-time position or an entry level position without … [Read more...]

The Mock Interview – Youth Work Session Plan Idea

Practice makes perfect.

So, you've helped your youth prepare their answers for a job interview and practiced dressing for success. Now, it's time to put it into practice by giving your youth the opportunity to have mock job interviews with real managers and executives. Contact local businesses in advance and ask whether they'd be willing to be part of your efforts to reduce youth unemployment. If … [Read more...]

Job Interview Attire – Youth Work Session Plan Ideas

Youth often think that looking 'cute' is enough- it's not in the world of the job interview!

We've recently provided some session plan ideas about preparing youth for the real world.  We even shared one idea on how to teach youth to be concise in an interview. Job skills during the interview are important. But so is making the right first impression, which is why it's important for youth to consider their job interview attire. As you know, the first impression … [Read more...]

Job Interview Techniques – Youth Work Session Plan Idea

Are your youth all a-twitter about their interview?

When preparing youth for the 'real world', one type of skill that cannot be overlooked is job-readiness. Not only resumés, CVs or on-the-job training, but job interview techniques and skills. How to dress, what questions might be asked and ideas to help youth stand out against many others competing for the same role. One important skill to master for job interviews is saying … [Read more...]

How To Equip Youth For The ‘Real World’

Give your youth the skills to navigate the rapids of life

Q: What kinds of sessions could I offer to help the youth in my programs be prepared for entering the 'real world'? A: This is such a great question. We often work on skills with youth that directly affect their current circumstances. But for some of the youth in our programs, the future is rushing towards them. Maybe they're finishing high school or secondary school or … [Read more...]