Expert advice proves just the job for pupils

Coach and business consultant, Deborah Thompson from UXL Life Consultants in Washington and Careers specialist Peter Boyle from Bluebean Career Path Consultancy in Longhorsley
Coach and business consultant, Deborah Thompson from UXL Life Consultants in Washington and Careers specialist Peter Boyle from Bluebean Career Path Consultancy in Longhorsley

Two business experts have joined forces to try to give students a better chance of securing good jobs after they leave school.

Business consultant Deborah Thompson and careers specialist Peter Boyle are out to motivate youngsters and encourage them to maximise their potential.

Deborah, of UXL Life Consultants in Rickleton, Washington, and Peter, of Bluebean Career Path Consultancy in Longhorsley, have developed a new programme called Gear My Career to support students as they start preparing for life after education.

It focuses on developing their strengths and skills and urging them to move up a gear to improve their grades.

Parts of the programme have been delivered as taster session workshops at Farringdon Community Academy in Sunderland, and they will also be tried out at St Joseph’s RC School in Hebburn, South Tyneside.

Peter said: “ Students have been learning the most common skills and behaviours, and in just two sessions, they have identified key skills, talents and strengths and now have a better idea of who they are as a person and what qualities they would bring to a prospective employer.”

Deborah added: “What we’ve done with the students is help them discover their unique talents, understand their differences and unlock the powerful story within each individual.

“We are seeing great results and are confident that huge benefits will come from the programme.

“The feedback from teachers so far is that they are seeing a remarkable gearshift in attitude and we are making a real difference to students’ lives.”

Details about this strengths-based career programme, designed to unlock the potential in each young person, can be found at: http://www.gearmycareer.com

The programme will not only raise self-esteem and confidence but also engagement and attainment levels by steering students in the best career direction, using an approach that is both person-centred and strategic for each individual.

Additionally, it promises to give educators valuable insights about the talents of their students and an opportunity to adapt their teaching styles if necessary through the fundamental years of a student’s education.

Using the analogy of cogwheels working in sequence, the programme uses four key cogs of Talents, Strengths, Skills and Behaviours, to improve student performance as he or she progresses through their educational journey moving through modules known as “gears” towards a workable career progression path.

The full programme includes more cogs to help students in branding and selling themselves, formatting their CV, preparing for interviews and other tools to help them succeed in life.

Farringdon students were proud of their differences and demonstrated their unique talents through creative team building activities, which demonstrated their differences and learned how these can be converted into tangible transferable skills.