Volunteer speakers love it, knowing they are really making a difference to young lives,
Half an hour is all it takes to inspire a young person to aim higher. ‘Half-an-Hour Day’ - on Wednesday 14 October - is the UK’s official national awareness day, drawing attention to the 30-minute, career speaking opportunities with community not-for-profit Growing Ambitions www.growingambitions.org.
People from the workplace in all kinds of organisations and businesses UK-wide, are invited to sign up for a one-off commitment; giving up ONE half hour of their time ONCE. The aim is to help young people in their regions to receive wider careers information. People can sign up any time, and then they wait for an invitation at any time in the future. They can opt out and in again at will.
“Career speaking really gives Corporate Social Responsibility legs, in every community. So many young people have no idea what career opportunities are really out there. It’s hard to make GCSE choices, for example, without a steer on where such choices can take you and poor early choices can limit you later on. Hearing from people actually doing the jobs and being able to ask questions is invaluable. "Volunteer speakers love it, knowing they are really making a difference to young lives,” says Sally Davis, MD of Growing Ambitions.
“You never stop needing to learn and develop, and the ability to present is a skill that that needs lots of practice so opportunities to speak to a variety of audiences, like students, who can sometimes been your harshest critics, should be snapped up, says Victoria Hills, Transport Relationships & Governance Manager at the Greater London Authority, a volunteer career speaker.”
When she was asked by students why she was volunteering, Victoria said, “In the future I may have to speak to even more important people in a convincing and authoritative manner and therefore I could do with all the practice I could get…practicing the ability to literally think on your feet and give meaningful and thoughtful answers to tricky questions when you have no idea what you are going to be asked, is not something you get much opportunity to practice in your day to day work life. If you are thinking about doing something like this, then I can truly recommend it."
HOW TO REGISTER AS A VOLUNTEER
Simply follow these 3 simple steps below and then wait to be contacted by a careers adviser or teacher near you. Remember, signing up is once only. That’s all we ask. Then you can opt out in a few mouse clicks, and no questions asked.
1 Go to www.growingambitions.org
2 Click ‘Offer to Speak’, then click ‘Register’ and complete the screen in a few minutes. Then quickly verify your email address.
3 Next, log in at ‘Workplace login’ on the home page; click ‘Offer Slot’ and indicate your availability.
That’s it. Now when a school, college or university near you wants you to speak, you will be contacted by email to fix a suitable date and time.
To opt out:
Log in to your Speaker Account at any time and ‘untick’ your availability box(es) to make you ‘invisible’.
Make Wednesday 14th October the day you volunteer to change a young life.
Growing Ambitions is a community non-profit organisation serving every community UK-wide. Employers engaging in employee volunteering with the initiative include Microsoft UK, the Financial Services Skills Council, Institute of Sport and Recreation Managementand many more.
Visit www.growingambitions.org for more information alternatively contact Sally Davis, MD Growing Ambitions on tel. 023 9266 1600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Growing Ambitions was set-up by social entrepreneur Sally Davis BSc(Hons) MICG AIRP AREC AIEBE FRSA as a way of helping teenagers like her own son to get careers information.
Growing Ambitions is an award-winning online matchmaking service linking enthusiastic speakers from the workplace with careers education teachers, careers advisers to benefit their young people.
Speakers come from over 1,000 career types including the professions; commerce; finance; science; manufacturing; trades; academia; sport; leisure; the armed forces and more.
Many movers and shakers from education, business and politics are quoted on the Growing Ambitions ‘What people say’ page’.
Many partners are listed in the Growing Ambitions Partners Directory
Careers advisers need Speakers for students at Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and on up to the end of university.
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