To the young people receiving exam results today and over the next few weeks, the Get Hired team congratulates you on your achievements!
Although your experience may be different than expected, the COVID-19 pandemic doesn’t take away from the recognition you deserve for your hard work and learning.
If your results weren’t as you hoped, don’t lose confidence. The Prince’s Trust recognises that young people may feel excited, unsure or confused about what the future holds, particularly right now. We’re here to listen, help you explore your options and support your next step.
The COVID-19 pandemic does not define your achievements, but the experience of completing qualifications or education during lockdown has given you a unique advantage.
Today’s young people have had no choice but to learn important life skills over the past few months and these will be useful for your future employment prospects.
Here are four qualities that young people have built upon during lockdown:
- Resilience: Young people in 2020 are the most adaptable learners in recent times. Maybe your plans have changed and you have needed to re-think your direction? Or you may have had to think-outside-the-box or use your creative flare in order to keep up with a change in learning or socialising? Employers will be on the lookout for these qualities as flexibility will be central to the post-19 world.
- Commitment: By learning at home, young people will have shown dedication. You can also develop experience in timekeeping and communication through your ability to structure your own learning and communicate with others.
- Tech skills: Young people are highly-efficient at keeping up with changes in technology. Many people have had to adapt to working-from-home and new work procedures, and it’s likely that young people have been most effective in this change. The post-19 world will rely greatly on virtual communications and sales, and employers will need young minds with nimble tech skills.
- New hobbies: What hobbies or interests did you embrace during lockdown? Were you part of the cake-baking revolution or maybe you enjoyed reading? Employers will be interested to hear about what you did for leisure in lockdown.
It can be hard to recognise your own strengths, but don’t be afraid to use the hidden benefits of lockdown to your advantage.
As Barack Obama said when he spoke to young people in May 2020:
Nobody can tell you “no, you’re too young to understand” or “this is how it’s always been done.” Because with so much uncertainty, with everything suddenly up for grabs, this is your generation’s world to shape.
The Get Hired team are proud of young people, and believe that every young person should have the chance to gain confidence to make something of their lives.
If you are a young person looking for support to plan your future, please contact our dedicated and friendly team. We’re here to listen, help you explore your options and support you to plan your next step.