Should schools teach students about recruitment?
My career in recruitment taught me a lot of things, the one that stood out the most is that there is a lot of people who don't understand or feel comfortable with recruitment processes.
With the job market being so competitive, knowing how to job search and interview effectively will help you uncover opportunities that may not be advertised yet, write applications that stand out from the crowd and interview with confidence.
These skills will greatly improve your chances at being hired.
This can be taught in high school with continued learning throughout further education. Schools could work with parents and caregivers to ensure that students graduate school with an understanding of recruitment processes and how to plan for their careers (and identify career pathways).
Even if every senior students go on to further education, the reality is that the majority of them will need to work during this time.
Learning how to search for work and interview in high school will improve confidence levels and encourage the younger generation to find work and build networks that will benefit their future career goals.
Looking for work and interviewing is part of life. Everyone has done it and will do it in the future. It is a skill that needs to be taught to our students, just like schools teach other basic life skills such as cooking.
One school I spoke who spends half an hour a week in the 4th term with their senior students teaching this area and they have seen amazing results in their students.
Committing a small amount of time each week can help our younger generation leave school with a plan of how they want to start building their career and an understanding of how to do it.
Sure, some will decide to change career paths from what they decide on in school, that's ok though. Learning how to plan for your career, how to work towards your career goals, find opportunities and interview effectively are all skills that can be used in any career path.