Business School pilots new-style, intensive ‘Work Readiness Bootcamp’ for students and alumni

18 November 2019

Hertfordshire Business School’s employability support campaign, ‘It’s Your Journey: Make it Work, Make it Yours’ is piloting several new initiatives this year to support and develop employability of HBS students and recent graduates.

In early November, two intensive ‘work readiness’ workshops were trialled, under the lead of Professor Mick Brookes, Global Work and Employment, and Ena Richardson from Siya Sebenza (which translates as We’re Working), a not-for-profit organisation based in South Africa which is responsible for the roll-out of an innovative Work 4 A Living programme. Ena’s unique and different approach has revolutionised the lives of countless young people, helping them into employment and/or finding fulfilling careers. This robust programme aims to challenge attitudes, change the outlook of participants, and transform their life chances.

The Work 4 A Living programme was adapted into two ‘short and sharp’ boot camp style programmes and customised to suit students and graduates looking for professional level work. The Student Success workshop was aimed at current students approaching the job market for the first time, and the Alumni Bootcamp centred on Class of 2019 graduates, who are unemployed or not yet in graduate-level work.

Ena’s energetic and focused approach challenges participants to deeply consider how they think, and encourages them to break habits of thinking and behaviour cycles. Being strategic, striving for excellence and developing ‘character’ were dominant and repeated themes within the programme. Interestingly, Ena's teaching also looks at personal finance planning, self-management, wealth generation, personal impact and legacy creation.


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