Starting Work

Starting work is a big step toward adulthood. It involves becoming responsible to an employer, and for most young people, involves unprecedented levels of responsibility, reliability and commitment. Employers today are clear that many young people, even graduates, arrive at work unprepared for the tasks, contexts and challenges of the working environment. Whilst often young people have a set of digital skills which their parents may lack, they are immature in many of the basic duties, disciplines and everyday-expectations involved in working life.

Young adults who show impulsive and lacking self-discipline behaviours may need help to focus and direct their energy toward the constraints and routines of work. They may need parents to help them anticipate the expectations of employers for reliability, consistency and organisation.

Young adults who are self-assured may need help to be open to the feedback they receive from their employers. Willingness to learn, to serve, to adapt and to collaborate are key skills which these young adults may need to develop if their working career is to start well.

Young adults who are self-doubting may need help to push themselves for more ambitious opportunities in work. They may need help to showcase their skills at interviews, to take opportunities for leadership and not to allow others to push in front of them metaphorically.

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  • The articles on this page support children with patterns of behaviour which are known to  be particularly associated with problems when starting work.


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