Empowering our future generation: National Careers Week

Birmingham’s Deputy Leader Councillor Sharon Thompson highlights the career-focused week and the importance of getting involved.

National Careers Week (NCW) is a great opportunity to raise awareness and empower people of all ages to explore and embrace diverse career opportunities. The dedicated week focuses on providing tools and resources required to help inform decisions about professional futures.  

NCW allows Birmingham, and other cities to promote awareness about various industries, professions, and vocational paths. Plus brings employers, and job seekers together and share knowledge, opportunities and experiences in all different professions.  

I believe it’s an excellent opportunity to network with peers and our city’s employers, creating a space for mentoring, collaboration, and exchanging of ideas – a key influence is helping you to progress through your ladder.  

Having mentors and a support network around you can make a huge difference however, we are all aware of how tough the job market is currently with many available roles receiving hundreds of applications, the NCW and Birmingham’s dedicated week – provided by Birmingham Careers Service – supports development for future professionals providing impartial careers guidance, workshops and resources to enhance both technical and soft skills. Ensuring our young people are well-equipped and supported for the challenges in the modern workplace.   

Here in Birmingham, National Career’s Week is providing a fantastic platform for Birmingham Careers Service to help young people, aged between 16-19 years old (extended to age 25 for those with SEND/additional needs) who might be concerned about the next step in their careers. The week has lots of activities and ways to get involved, plus a lot of online resources.  

I hugely encourage everyone to explore National Careers Week. There’s a very useful toolkit, list of events and other resources you can get involved with here: https://www.birminghamcareersservice.co.uk/ncw/  

Please use the toolkit to check eligibility for different events in advance. 

 

Post published on 4 March 2024

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