In the UK, young people have arguably borne the financial brunt of the Coronavirus pandemic. So much so, that in April 2021, payrolled employment for under 25s fell to a new record low. While the last two years have undoubtedly been a struggle for many people, young people are far more likely to be working in the two worst affected sectors: ‘accommodation and food’ and ‘arts, entertainment and recreation’. Add this to the fact that we are a generation of zero-hours workers, lifelong renters and student debtors, and we really are at a crisis point.
That’s where UpRising comes in. Co-founded in 2008 by Rushanara Ali MP, UpRising was set up to address systemic underrepresentation in positions of leadership. The majority of those with power and influence in Britain today come from a narrow range of backgrounds; we are working to change that, by empowering young people from working-class and ethnically diverse backgrounds to find pathways into leadership positions and employment.
What is ‘Stand Out’?
‘Stand Out’ is a free, online employability programme, starting in October. It consists of four weeks of daily workshops - with everything you need to help you find a job, develop your skills and make new friends - followed by up to a year of mentoring.
Why take part?
‘Stand Out’ has been carefully constructed with the aim of helping you to find your future. Here are just a few of the reasons you should think about applying:
1. Grow your networks
Job-hunting can be incredibly isolating; particularly in the aftermath of a global pandemic. Constant rejection is demoralising and it can start to feel like you’ll never find the job that’s right for you. ‘Stand Out’ will introduce you to over 100 other young people in the same position, as well as connecting you with industry experts who can give you insights and opportunities in a wide range of sectors you might not have even thought about before!
2. Get 1-1 support
I don’t know about you, but I was never really taught how to write a good cover letter. My university offered some career advice, but I never really felt like I knew what I was doing until very recently! UpRising’s amazing volunteers can offer you 1-1 tailored CV and Cover Letter support, as well as a mock interview with detailed feedback to help you to prepare for the real deal.
3. Meet your professional mentor
After your initial month of live sessions, you’ll be paired with a trained mentor by our partners, One Million Mentors (1MM). Talking to your mentor can help you to overcome any barriers you might be facing in areas such as work, education or social action.
4. Try coaching
Unlike mentoring, which offers specific advice and support, our volunteer coaches will help you to realise your full potential by connecting you with your inner voice. What are your values?; what inspires you?; who do you want to be in life? You and your coaching group will work together to find the answers and start making conscious decisions to achieve your goals.
5. Gain skills and confidence
Whether you need help landing your dream job, or you have no idea what you want to do yet, we will help you to discover and take your next steps. The UpRising staff will be there to support you at every stage.
‘Stand Out’ opens up a world of opportunity to its participants. Some have gone on to find employment directly from our careers events, while others have finally found the confidence to start marketing themselves and applying for roles in their chosen fields. Whatever the outcome, we are confident that you’ll both enjoy the programme and take a lot from it!