One area I’m devoted to is ensuring young people pursue their interests or what they are most passionate about. Having been young once, I remember a time when I had no idea what my strengths were and thinking about my future was irrelevant. At the time, there was no career related support nor advice available to students. This meant that the choice for ones A-Level subjects was guided by GSCEs and other previous grades; which then influenced the university degree to be among those subject areas. For example, if you studied the sciences, it made sense that you would pursue a career in health sciences etc.

The world has since changed, with organisations like The Student Development Co. CIC (The SDC) who make the journey for young people a lot easier. The SDC is a non-profit organisation which aims to provide career related support and advice to 16-24 year olds who are currently or have recently finished studying. They aim to:

  • Support 16 to 24 year olds who are preparing for their careers after their studies.
  • Develop young people’s employability skills to help reduce youth unemployment.
  • Create opportunities for young people to be inspired to achieve their full potential.

The SDC, established in 2014, was borne out of Claudine Adeyemi’s passion for supporting young people, especially those from less privileged backgrounds, who were struggling to develop successful professional careers. Claudine was featured in the Financial Times and she emphasised the importance for organisations to be diverse in allowing opportunities to people from socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Open to 16-18 year-olds, this programme engages young people to look into career paths and industries that are available to them.

The SDC consists of the Skills and Insights Programme, which aims to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to explore their career options across various industries, whilst preparing them for life in a working environment. Open to 16-18 year olds, this programme engages young people to look into career paths and industries that are available to them. In addition to this, there is Career Ear, a new revolutionary mobile app which provides a platform for young people to ask professionals career-related questions. This helps young people get an insider’s perspective of a particular career field and the overall industry. Career Ear is free to download on any Apple or Android product so all professionals and students are encouraged to download it.

Please forward this information to individuals who could benefit from this great initiative and to those who would be willing to pass on their expert knowledge to our future generations.

Please feel free to send your comments and/or questions on this topic or any other non-complex HR matter to

May God bless the works of your hands. MT

About the Author

Yolanda Norah Chavi holds a BA Human Resources Management; BA Hons Industrial & Organisational Psychology; MSc Business Psychology & CIPD Level 7 Award in Employment Law.

She is also a volunteer HR Practitioner for Majestic Group Holdings, an Arts, Media and Entertainment services provider; Training Consultant for Flying High Leadership Consultancy; Sub-Editor of the Zim-Abroad Magazine and more recently, an HR columnist for MoniqueToday Magazine

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