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Preparing Students for Work - Working As An Enterprise Advisor

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Our MD Lynne is also an Enterprise Adviser for the Careers and Enterprise Company. Here’s what she does in her role.

What is an Enterprise Adviser

Last year I was asked to work with the Careers and Enterprise Company as a volunteer Enterprise Adviser. Personnel Placements has supported local schools and Salisbury College with career based projects for a number of years and so I was really keen to expand on this and be part of a team that helps schools create their career strategy and connects them with businesses and organisations that can provide advice and guidance to students; support that they will find invaluable when making their career choices. 

Career Choices

Many young people leave education very unsure of the career path they want to take. Some follow the path they think they should, or the ones their parents think they should and in many cases these career choices do not make use of their core personal strengths and skills. They often leave with no idea of how and where to search for potential jobs or how to create a useful and relative CV, prepare for interviews and ensure the company they work for develops them to ensure they reach their potential. 

As an Enterprise Adviser I am working with Wiltshire College Salisbury on more meaningful career based workshops and career events. This year we have connected several local business with the Careers Advisor and run CV Writing workshops and group interview sessions, all based on real, commercial recruitment and selection practices. These have given the students the knowledge to think about and prepare themselves for life after college and help them to stand out in interview situations. 

Making a Difference

On Tuesday I joined my fellow Enterprise Advisers at a meeting held at County Hall in Trowbridge. We are all business leaders, committed to providing a valuable resource for schools and colleges to utilise, enhance and add value to their careers programmes. The group spans a variety of industry and business and is made up of people with a wealth of industry knowledge and ideas. We are all aiming to do our best to make careers events really engaging and informative; ensuring they give the students as much information about the world of work as possible and helping them to develop the skills they need to be successful in their chosen careers. 

Future Business Leaders

These young people are our future leaders, many will be employers themselves in years to come. It is so important that we give these young people the skills they need, enthuse them, nurture their entrepreneurial spirit and develop them into people who can lead and grow not just existing businesses and industry but create new businesses for the future. 

There is more information on how to become an Enterprise Adviser at www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/enterprise-adviser-network

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