What do teenagers think about when they think about careers? Some of them don’t think about it at all; many rely on what they see in the media: others will follow the advice of parents, relatives or teachers; and others have natural talents which they pursue regardless. It’s all a bit hit-or-miss really, which is why it is so important to make sure they are aware of the myriad possibilities open to them.
The latest report of the National Careers Council emphasises the core belief that young people need to be encouraged to broaden their horizons and raise their confidence. It stresses the importance of face-to-face guidance, meetings with role models and the development of soft skills – networking, emotional intelligence and confidence – to complement academic qualifications.
GOL’s programmes are the practical embodiment of these principles: they are all about encouraging the girls to get out of their streets. By introducing them to amazing role-models who will help them build the self-belief, we can open their minds to possibilities they didn’t know existed.
We know it works – we’ve seen the results. It’s not rocket science, so let’s get on with it. We’ll never run out of girls!