“I am disappointed but I am not discouraged” – Tennessee Williams
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Enthusiasm – noun – "A strong feeling of excitement and interest in something and a desire to become involved in it".
Enthusiasm is contagious; it spreads to the people around you. It spreads to the people you work and do business with. Regardless of your particular industry or sector, work is all about people and (I don't know about you) but I want to work with people that inspire, motivate and challenge me.
WARNING: This blog post is designed to be a slightly tongue-in-cheek, reality check… but it has a serious point to make.
I am going to be completely honest; I did not leave school to become an Employability Skills Coach… or a Careers Adviser… or an Accounts Clerk… or most of the other roles I have accepted. My sixteen / seventeen year old self had plenty of ideas and, like a lot of my peers, I had parents that wanted to be actively involved in that decision-making process. But I wasn’t exactly keen to listen to my parents at that stage; I wanted to make my own way and make my own decisions. But, those decisions were uninformed.
Over the last couple of weeks I have been speaking to colleagues who are gearing up for another year of work experience placements for our students. Personally, I have often met students who reference their lack of experience as a barrier to employment. I have also met with candidates that cannot see the benefit in giving up their time for a work experience placement – or, volunteering – for reasons such as the student feels they should be paid, it’s a waste of time, I already have a part-time job, etc., etc.