Youth Career Expo 2019

“I feel so inspired to now take opportunities as they come, even if at first it may feel overwhelming the panellist were honest about their stories and I am happy they shared such invaluable advice, Thank you!” 

2019 Youth Career Expo Attendee.

 

This year our Youth Career Expo took place on Wednesday 6 November, where together with Havas KX in King’s Cross we welcomed youth from all over Camden and Islington. Over 100 young people aged 16-24 had the opportunity to meet local businesses including Google, Ted Baker, Eurostar and more. With 22 businesses taking part as well as attendees ranging from local schools and colleges to youth centres and clubs such as C4WS, Maria Fidelis School, Regents High, and more, the evening was the perfect environment for striking up connections, networking, discussing future opportunities, skills and training as well as learning in workshops and hearing from experts from a variety of fields in our panel discussion. 

This year’s panel discussion, focusing on the topic of non-linear routes into careers and reflecting and reacting to changes happening in recruitment, was chaired by our Next Generation Co-ordinator, Wizdom Layne from Tileyard Impact. Beginning with a powerful and memorable spoken word rap and interactive presentation opening up discussion, a panel of 5 professionals who were at different stages in their careers, provided the audience with guidance regarding career progression, direct advice, and an overall positive message of persevering, not giving up and following your passion.

The Q&A panellists were:

  • Maya Tudor – Google
  • Khalid Osman – Havas Media
  • Pip Stone – Eurostar
  • Anthea Henry – Camden Council
  • Savannah Simmons – Tileyard Studios

To help give direct and practical advice, workshops were led by businesses where young people had the opportunity to build their CV’s with The Guardian, work towards the perfect LinkedIn profile with Havas, hear about recruitment agencies from KX Recruit, find out about careers in construction and engineering from Lendlease. learn about what is required to become successful in finding their ideal job and what qualifications are needed to apply and what makes them as individuals stand out when applying.

As part of this year’s Youth Career Expo, Urban Partners ran the Gatsby Business Challenge finals where students from Regents High and Maria Fidelis School presented their five-point business plan to save the high street. Based on the Gatsby Benchmark Careers Framework, this challenge saw students working together over previous months to tackle the task creatively and logically, and we are very proud of everyone who participated. The participants presented their final plans to Ted Baker, Springer Nature and Eurostar, who announced that Regents High School were this year’s winners!

The annual Youth Career Expo aims to achieve constructive community engagement and support youth within the area as part of Urban Partners’ Next Generation strategy. Thank you to everyone who attended, and we can’t wait to welcome even more people to our 2020 Youth Career Expo.