Today, Paul Bluett, Prospects Operations Manager in Leicestershire, shares an open letter to all those who have finished their GCSEs this summer – including his son Michael – on how to make the most of their summer.
Paul knows all about helping young people to raise their aspirations and achieve their goals. He is part of the team working on behalf of Leicestershire County Council to reduce the number of young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET) and the team have helped the figures fall to a record low in Leicestershire.
Note to my younger self - GCSEs achieved!
SO, you’ve earned a breather; 2 to 3 years of graft to get you through your GCSEs! You may feel you have done all you can do, time to pop your feet up watch some Youtube, catch up on Breaking Bad, maybe meet up with your friends, certainly get up late and definitely NO RESPONSIBILITIES… Enjoy!
Fair enough, I can't argue with that. But, just how much Youtube ‘enjoyment’ can you handle before it becomes boring?
Suppose you want to get a job and maybe earn some money, an apprenticeship or get on to a course which is competitive,– you’re going to get interviewed and you are going to have to have an opinion and you are going to have to be interesting!
The question you have got to ask yourself is this:
What aspects of chilling with your friends, watching Youtube and having No Responsibilities; will be of use in an interview, on an application or to an employer?
It doesn’t matter what you do in the Summer, what matters is that you recognise the need for it to help you look good, better than the rest… interesting! Have Fun: Do some voluntary work at a playgroup or somewhere else, go swimming, walk the neighbours dog, go away on summer camp, get part time or full time work doing anything, campaign for or against something important to you, read up on the issues of today, read a book… Make it something fun: choose something you enjoy, choose something that scares you (just a bit), choose something that challenges you, choose something you’ll remember; whatever it is, just make sure you have things to say or share which are not about you, but about the world around you!
Be more interesting
Be more engaging
The #mysummer campaign is run by Prospects, the education, employment and skills company, which gives young people awaiting their exam results advice on how to use their summer break to improve their employability and skills.