Swivel Careers works with schools across Years 9 to 13 to deliver interactive and informative group workshops, designed to help students understand the working world and how to prepare for it.
Most young people are unaware of the huge range of career paths they can choose from. Designed to open their minds to the breadth of careers available and broaden their aspirations, this workshop showcases careers, explores how the future of employment is likely to look, and covers the skills young people need to succeed in the workforce. Students leave inspired about where their future may take them.
The future will continue to bring constant change in technology and business, so a love of learning is a necessary soft skill that will see young people cope – and thrive – in their careers. This fun, activity-based workshop helps students find more ways to enjoy learning. They will brainstorm ideas and have the chance to compete against each other using different learning styles.
Looking up a potential employee online is a standard part of the recruitment process. Despite being warned about their social media activity by parents and teachers, the majority of students take little heed. We open their eyes to the realities of their actions on social media and how it can affect their future job applications.
Young people already have an online brand and what future employers see online can make or break an application. Once students understand how their digital imprint affects their employability – and see what employers can see – we guide them through how to set up a LinkedIn profile to shape a more professional online brand and increase their chance of landing their ideal job.
In this behind-the-scenes look at the world of recruitment, students discover the reality of how employers treat CVs and why. Full of tips and tricks for writing a CV and cover letter that gets cut-through with recruiters, students learn the dos and don'ts of what to put in and how to tailor their CV to the job they’re applying for. Students create personal statements and a list of the key skills they’re developing under the guidance of a real recruiter.
This workshop provides an upfront and honest insight for students on what to expect when they go for their first interview. It covers how to research and prepare for an interview so you are ahead of your competition, how to appropriately present yourself and how to make the best impression. This workshop can either include the Speed Interviewing session detailed below or delve into tough questions to hone students’ interview skills along with constructive feedback from recruiters. This workshop helps students build the confidence to nail their interviews.
Just like ‘speed-dating’ but with job interviews, this high energy session is run by real recruitment consultants and is fun and fast. Students answer a range of interview questions in a timed environment and receive constructive feedback on their presentation and answers.
Employers often tell us they struggle to find graduates with the 'right attitude'. In turn, young people report that experiencing workplace culture is like entering a foreign country, with unfamiliar and invisible practices, language and rules. This workshop builds students’ understanding and familiarity with employer expectations around respectful workplace relationships, communication and behaviour. Using real-life scenarios, we get students to consider what's okay, what's not and why, so they start to understand where the line is, what to do if they are impacted by poor behaviour, and what the potential consequences are if the line is crossed.
Conscientious, resilient workers are highly desirable to employers, yet many students struggle to manage their time and workloads. This workshop tackles how to prepare for working life, as workloads continue to increase and there are no teachers or parents to push them into getting their work done. We look at how to recognise and manage stress, including how to avoid becoming overwhelmed when preparing for and sitting exams. We also cover what it means to manage your time, how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and the importance of these skills when they are in employment.
Many young employees struggle with prioritising workloads and lack the confidence to say no to their colleagues or bosses. Using relevant work, school and home scenarios, they will have the opportunity to practice prioritising what's important over time wasters, and learn how to say 'no' constructively.
Resilience, initiative, problem-solving, determination, tenacity... strengths like these are in high demand from employers. Many young people let anxiety and a fear of failure stop them from trying, or give up too easily. This workshop normalises the day-to-day feelings of anxiety, nerves and fear. In a supportive environment they learn that they’re not alone in their feelings and gain confidence to push through their fears and succeed.
The main difference between Swivel Careers and previous careers sessions was that the Swivel session was based on real-world recruitment techniques, and dealt with how careers and recruitment will actually work in the future… The 'speed interviewing' session was a personal favourite, giving me a chance to test out the skills I'd learnt, in front of real-world recruiters. Swivel is the best preparation a school can give its students for the job market.
I know now I can achieve anything I want to and Swivel Careers taught me that I am just great being who I am.
This program saved my boys a lot of anguish an disappointment at times when they themselves have felt uncertain and somewhat lost at the prospect of grown up life after college.
The speed interviewing session was a personal favourite giving me the chance to test out the skills I had learned on real-world recruiters.