Having run our Bright Futures ‘Time for Change’ national event and annual awards many things have struck me, one of which was their great quality talent and the other how keen they were all to learn.
There is a huge amount of research and work being done in Higher Education about students, the issue of employability and the fact that students focus on building their Cv and job hunting at so many different times during their time at University – and this then creates the challenge of identifying who those individuals are, especially for employers, so that the scarce resource available can be used to the greatest effect .
Too often students are given the ’employability message’ at times when they are just not listening. And anyone who works with students, especially those undergraduates who fall into Generation Y, should know is that they will do what they want to do when they want to do it – they really won’t be told!
So who are listening? Bright Futures committees and members are undergraduates who have made a conscious decision to join Bright Futures, and come from the 1st, 2nd and final year. They know getting a degree is no longer enough, they want to develop their skills and what to network with employers to ensure they apply to & ultimately join the right company – Bright Futures gives them all this. Our Bright Futures Societies are not just ready to learn but want to learn. And judging by the comments from the corporates who attended our event I know who they will invest their time in developing.