Young person panel

'Breaking the Experience Loop' by Christopher

We are all familiar with the conundrum of “How do you get a job with no experience and how do you get experience with no job?”  It is a very contemporary refrain and regular, wistful conversation ender, when it comes to young people looking for work: a seemingly insurmountable loop, which could put paid to any ambitions to pursue your chosen career. 


'Young Persons’ Panel: Achievements and Objectives to date' by Henry

I’m Henry Carruthers, a member of the Norwich Foundation for Jobs: Young Persons’ Panel. I’m delighted to have been invited to speak to you all today. I want to give an overview of the Young Persons’ Panel’s objectives and achievements to date.


'Confidence Top-Up, Please!' by Christopher

I have read confidence is the oil that lubricates the cogs of the economy; without it, it can seize up - very true.  It is also very true that confidence is the key to finding work.  Without having confidence in your ability and what you have to offer, it is sadly unlikely to inspire confidence in a potential employer.  The lack of self-confidence can hold you back from applying to positions, where you don’t feel you have a chance, even if objectively you might.


'Joining the ‘real world’...' by Melissa

Throughout university the thought of having to enter the ‘real world’ of work was always at the back of my mind. But it wasn’t until my final year that the realisation sunk in, and my hunt for a work place to substitute the lecture hall began. 


'Apprenticeships are ACE' by Henry

During the midst of National Apprenticeship Week 2013, I was given the chance to do something slightly different. As a member of the NFJ: Young Persons’ Panel, I visited Action Community Enterprises (ACE), a Community Interest Company based in Rackheath. I had the opportunity to speak to ACE about the great work they’re doing, while receiving a personal glimpse at one of their Apprenticeship Taster Sessions. From the outset, I would like to extend my warmest thanks to ACE for having me.

'Aviva Jobs Fair & City College Open Day' by Henry

I’m afraid that I haven’t written a piece in a while, so I want to begin with a short word about what’s happened over the last few weeks. As I hope you’ve seen, after just one month since the launch of the Norwich Foundation for Jobs, one hundred positions have been committed to the initiative, and momentum’s snowballing. There’s a massive amount of energy and a huge number of ideas that we want to bring to fruition over the coming month.


Young Persons’ Panel Member, Posy, interviews Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North and Founder and Chair of the ‘Norwich For Jobs’ Campaign

Young Persons’ Panel Member, Posy, interviews Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North and Founder and Chair of the ‘Norwich For Jobs’ Campaign


Posy: Let me start by saying I read all the negative comments I could find about NFJ, because there is a lot of constructive criticism to be found there. I have no party loyalty; I simply want the initiative to succeed, so Iʼve used this opportunity to talk to Chloe about the potholes that people are worried about.

Posy: So, the one that lots of people are asking: why young people?

'Making the Most of Rejection this Valentine’s Day' by Henry

It finally arrived. This Monday I received written notification confirming that my current employment contract has entered its twilight phase. Come late April; unless I manage to secure a new position very quickly; I get the feeling that I’ll be unemployed again.


'Organising your free-time' by Posy

I finished editing a website at 9pm last night, and I could not be more grateful for my working day. The company needs more editors, so I’m telling my technical- and writing-savvy friends about it, and they are keen as custard for the opportunity. It may be the result of a horrible defecit, but we are a generation that employers will come to recognise as profusely thankful for any chance to get onto the career ladder.



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