5 tips for preparing your students for the workforce

Students are entering the beginning of adulthood and starting the next significant milestone in their life. At this time, preparing your students for the workforce is a vital process for their development.

The most effective ways to prepare students for the workforce can vary, as students may have different levels of understanding of the work world. Some students already have a casual job, and others have never worked before.

Thankfully, there are strategies that you can take to help cater to each and every student regardless of their experience. For example, you can help your students recognise their skills, coordinate mock interviews, review their writing skills, organise teamwork activities, and ensure that your students know the basic knowledge of the workforce. Continue reading to find out more!

1. Help students recognise their workforce skills

By helping your students recognise their skills, you are setting them up for success. If students can recognise skills they already have, they can add these skills to their resume. Recognising these skills will help students submit applications to jobs that suit their capabilities and interests. It is important that your students recognise how these skills can be utilised in workplace situations. 

2. Have students participate in mock interviews

Setting aside some time for mock interviews can go a long way for students preparing for the workforce. Mock interviews can provide a learning experience for senior students. Mock interviews teach students what is appropriate to wear to an interview, how they should speak during an interview, the standard of resumes and cover letters, and what they can expect from a real-life interview when that opportunity arises.

Our team at The Youth Partnership offer the mock interview experience as one of our services. If you are interested in organising mock interviews for your students or would like some more information, please send an email to kaylee@theyouthpartnership.com.au.

3. Review students writing skills 

Reviewing your students writing skills is an essential step to prepare them for the workforce. Sitting down with students to assist with their writing can be an essential first step. By reducing students anxiety around writing applications, students can begin to feel confident in their application. A well-written resume can increase their chances of landing a job interview. 

Providing examples of cover letters and resumes helps students understand the standard of writing that is expected. Ensure students understand the level of professionalism that is required in their written applications.

4. Encourage teamwork

One of the greatest skills students can have when entering the workforce is the ability to work in a team. Students need to understand how to communicate, compromise, and share credit. These skills can be valuable to help students contribute to the workplace. Developing teamwork skills can begin at school by organising team projects and assignments. Encourage teamwork by helping students identify that team members may have different skills that they can contribute to the project.

5. Ensure students have basic workforce knowledge

Finally, you may be surprised to discover how many students enter the workforce with little knowledge of basic workplace information such as superannuation, tax, and legislation. Some top-level employment knowledge is taught in subjects such as Business and Legal Studies. However, many students are not aware of their workplace responsibilities, rights, or what activities they need to complete in order to become workplace-ready.

For example, students need to understand what a tax file number is and how to apply for one. By holding career lessons and career workshops, students can learn the knowledge they need to prepare for the workforce. 

If you are looking for extra assistance, resources or tips to prepare your students for the workforce, contact us today.