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Employability For School Leavers

In today's rapidly changing job market, employability has become a crucial concern for young school leavers. At Kellett we are focusing on Employability as a core theme within the Postive Edu...
22 Mar 2024
Written by Ashleigh Vilk
Hong Kong SAR
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Employability for School Leavers

Written by Ashleigh Vilk, Higher Education Careers Guidance Counsellor.

In today's rapidly changing job market, employability has become a crucial concern for young school leavers. That is why we are focusing on Employability as a core theme for the Future Literacy branch of the Positively Kellett curriculum. Employability refers to the skills, knowledge, and attributes that make individuals desirable to employers. It encompasses both hard skills (technical abilities) and soft skills (communication, teamwork, adaptability, etc.). With the rise of AI and technological advancements, the job landscape is rapidly evolving, making it essential for school leavers to develop a strong foundation of employability skills.

Importance of Career Planning in a Disrupted Workforce: In a disrupted workforce, where traditional job roles are being transformed or even replaced by automation and AI, career planning plays a vital role in helping school leavers navigate their professional journey. Here are some of the reasons why:

Future-Proofing: Career planning enables school leavers to stay ahead of the curve by identifying emerging job trends and acquiring the necessary skills to adapt to changing demands. It empowers them to make informed decisions about their education and training, ensuring their relevance in the job market of the future.

Goal Setting: Career planning allows individuals to set clear goals and objectives. By defining their career aspirations, school leavers can focus their efforts on acquiring the relevant qualifications and experiences needed to achieve those goals. This helps them stay motivated and driven throughout their educational and professional journey.

Skill Development: A well-thought-out career plan helps school leavers identify the skills and competencies required for their desired career paths. They can then proactively seek opportunities, such as internships, part-time jobs, or specialized training programs, to develop and enhance those skills. This increases their employability and makes them more attractive to potential employers

Networking: Career planning involves building a professional network. School leavers can connect with industry professionals, mentors, and alumni who can provide valuable insights, guidance, and potential job opportunities. Networking opens doors to the ‘hidden job market’ and enhances their chances of finding suitable employment.

Adaptability and Resilience: In a disrupted workforce, adaptability and resilience are key attributes for success. Career planning helps school leavers cultivate these qualities by encouraging them to explore different career options, take calculated risks, and embrace continuous learning. This mindset equips them to navigate uncertainties and bounce back from setbacks.

Overall, in a disrupted workforce, school leavers must recognise the importance of employability and career planning. By developing relevant skills, setting goals, and staying adaptable, they can position themselves for success in an ever-changing job market. Career planning is a lifelong process that requires continuous evaluation, adjustment, and growth.

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