Are you work ready?


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Is our education system leaving young people unprepared for the modern world?

The CBI annual education and skills survey reports that most employers (45%) ranked aptitude and readiness for work as the most important factor they consider when recruiting school and college leavers. Additionally, 60% employers also said they rate broader skills such as resilience, communication, and problem solving among their top 3 priorities when recruiting. This is alongside the importance of high levels of literacy, numeracy, and a rigorous academic foundation.

While 45% businesses rank work readiness as the most important factor they look for when recruiting, 44% employers feel that young people leaving school, college or university are not ‘work ready’.

These findings are echoed by young people themselves, with almost 1 in 4 young people not feeling adequately prepared by their education for the world of work.

So, what do businesses mean by young people being ‘work ready’?

It is more important than ever to be having this conversation. The world of work is rapidly changing which means school, society and business need to work together to make sure our education system can keep up and careers coaches have a crucial role to play.

What can your young people do and how can careers coaches help?

Highly qualified and experienced careers coaches work with young people to identify and develop their ‘soft skills’ – these are the skills that appear time and again on job descriptions. Knowledge that you have these skills as we all know, builds confidence. In turn, the ability to questions at interview effectively, presenting evidence trough examples is key to success.

Learning an easy, effective and memorable framework like STAR will ensure you convey the strongest answers.


Self-awareness is key but remember it goes beyond knowing your skill set. Read through this list and make a note of your answers.

  • Where are you now?
  • Where do you want to be?
  • How are you going to get there?
  • How resilient are you?
  • Are you ready for change?
  • Are you motivated?
  • Do you know what the opportunities are?
  • What does the future job market look like and what where do I find labour market information?
  • Do you know what barriers you face and how you’ll overcome them?
  • If you have a disability do you where to go for the best help and support?
  • Have you got all the skills you need?
  • If you need extra training do you know where to find it?
  • Have you had work experience and what were your reflections? What did you enjoy and why? What didn’t you enjoy and why?
  • Have you thought about your priorities, your values and vision, your personal qualities and the type of work environment that you’re looking for?
  • Do you have a plan in place to reach your next step?


If you can confidently answer these questions you are well on the way to being work ready.

I’ve heard too many times that people have bad careers advice or the careers provision in school was rubbish or non-existent. There are lots of people working really hard to change this. There are plenty of fantastic careers coaches out there, ready to inspire and help.


Talking to a careers coach can make a difference and remember it’s an ongoing process.

We have clients who come back time and again to check ideas, decisions, work out how to move forwards.

Together we can make great things happen…get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.