Virtual interactive sessions give young people the chance to hear from inspiring volunteers like you wherever they are in the UK. By sharing your career story remotely, you can reach students in need of motivation and inspiration, encouraging them to see the value in learning, challenge stereotypes, and believe in their future potential.
Teachers have told us that interactions with volunteers from the world of work can help young people who are feeling anxious, demotivated, and fearful of the future. Working closely with teachers and volunteers, we have developed virtual Career Chats which aim to mirror the learning experience of meeting volunteers from the world of work in schools and enable young people to ask them questions about their job and career in an engaging yet safe setting. So far, our volunteers have reached over 6000 children and young people virtually.
The sessions are bespoke, tailored to each school and available to their students exclusively. Running on webinar platforms, they are interactive, with quizzes and polls running to ensure a fun and effective learning experience. We know that safeguarding is priority for schools and volunteers, and we adhere to strict policies, providing guidance to students, volunteers and teachers.
Young people have said:
“I learnt how important school subjects such as Maths, English and Science are in order to follow your career choice”
“It showed me that you can be whatever you want to be. It also showed me that girls and boys can have the same job”
“I learnt that I already have skills that will help me in my career”
Teachers have said:
“The quality of the volunteers’ presentations was excellent – I have already had several students contact me to try and speak to them further!” – Katie Foster, Paulet High School and Sixth Form College
“[The best part was] the inspiring volunteers who were clearly passionate about their jobs and helping young people.” – Rachael Talbot, King Edward VI College
“I cannot begin to say how much we loved the session… The volunteers were incredibly inspiring and they had such an impact on the children.”
Teachers can invite volunteers to a range of virtual activities. Here are some examples of how it works:
Virtual Careers Chat with secondary school students
During the chat, you can talk for up to five minutes about your career journey and current role. After this, students have the opportunity to ask questions about your job via an online chat box which is monitored by session facilitators. The facilitator or teacher will then select a number of these questions to ask you. There are usually 3-4 volunteers speaking in each session.
Virtual Classroom Chat and What’s My Line with primary children
A Classroom Chat follows the same exact format as the Careers Chat detailed above, however we ask that volunteer tailor their language to suit primary age pupils.
In What’s My Line, children ask questions to guess volunteers’ jobs. After pupils guess your job title, you can use props to reveal what you do and talk about your work to give an insight into the role.
How do I get involved?
If you’re not yet signed up as a volunteer with Inspiring the Future, you can do so here.
If you’re interested in volunteering virtually, simply log into the Inspiring the Future portal, go to ‘update profile’, go to the ‘volunteering opportunities’ tab and scroll down to the bottom where it says ‘I am willing to take part in virtual events (for example using Zoom, Microsoft Teams or similar)’. Change the answer to yes and then save your changes at the bottom of the page. This means that teachers coordinating virtual activities will now see your profile in the list and be able to invite you to participate.
Watch our new video to find out how the sessions work:
We are excited for you to take part in virtual events. If you have any questions about participating or how it works, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.