National Careers Service support for blind or partially sighted young people
Prospects' National Careers Service London team attended the Next Steps Careers Event on 30 May in Euston. The day was held by the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), to provide information and advice for blind or partially sighted young adults interested in higher education or employment.
Exhibitors included National Apprenticeships Information and Guidance, the Prince’s Trust and a theatre forum from Extant, Britain’s only professional performing arts company of visually impaired people. Other organisations were on hand to offer information on practical assistance; attendees were able to meet guide dogs and trainers, and take part in assistive technology demonstrations.
National Careers Service London Advisers, John Dempster and Trudy Nieto, spoke to attendees about potential career options and discussed methods of overcoming barriers. London team member Matthew Rose encouraged customers to use the free advice available from the National Careers Service over the telephone and in the local area. Demonstrations of the service website were offered, to explain the benefits of helpful tools including job profiles and the Skills Health Check.
In addition, John took part in the Career Discovery, an exciting opportunity for pairs of young people to spend five minutes ‘speed interviewing’ professionals from exhibiting companies; this provided them with a practical understanding of a variety of careers.
The day proved successful in developing stronger links with the RNIB. John commented: “Today we’ve met blind and partially sighted people with the drive and motivation to succeed. They are inspirational and won’t let anything stand in the way of their dreams and goals. The National Careers Service in London intends to support them and promote this approach.”