September is here again, and with that a new school year begins. For college leavers and graduates it is a reminder that they are part of a new world now, the world of work.
This can be an interesting time for young people as they gain work experience and begin to explore who they want to be professionally. But how many young people find this transition into work daunting and feel unprepared?
The Birmingham Post reported local MP Mr Bailey saying, “There is an issue around the employability of young people…even the brightest do not seem to be work-ready, and this has moved politicians, the education sector and business to realise that we have all got a responsibility here.”
How can young people be made more work-ready to better navigate this transition? The solutions lay in the knowledge that the world of work is changing and new approaches are needed.
Employers are no longer primarily concerned about qualifications. In fact, 89% of British firms regard attitudes to work and character as the most important factor when recruiting. This can include self-awareness, the ability to lead and get along with others and resilience in the face of difficulty.
These skills coincide with also being entrepreneurial skills. Thinking and behaving like an entrepreneur is not necessarily about having your own business, but rather a way of viewing and interacting with the world. This includes expanding personal emotional intelligence, self-belief and leadership skills alongside, creative thinking, opportunity recognition and risk-taking mindset.
These 21st century work readiness skills are necessary for young people to remain competitive and relevant in a technologically driven workplace. These skills will also help in the transition from student to employee by empowering young people to feel more confident in themselves and their ability to contribute in the workplace.
Luckily you do not have to be born an entrepreneur. These skills can be taught and developed in everyone, which is why Enploy is passionate about encouraging and growing an entrepreneurial mindset in all young people.