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World Youth Skills Day

World Youth Skills Day is celebrated on the 15th of July, first organised by The Permanent Missions of Portugal and Sri Lanka, together with UNESCO, ILO and the Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoys on Youth. The day was set up to highlight, on a global level, the importance of youth skills development and achieve better socio-economic conditions for today’s youth, including the challenges of unemployment and underemployment. Young people are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than adults, and are continuously exposed to lower quality jobs, greater labour market inequalities and more insecure school-to-work transitions. World Youth Skills Day hopes to eventually overcome this obstacle and continue to raise awareness on these issues.

It is important for youths to gain skills as it is significant for achieving economic growth and personal success. Employers have high expectations when they are recruiting, so it is crucial that youths have the skills required to get their desired job. Subsequently, having these skills written on your CV is vital, as it will impress employers and ensure the CV is memorable. If young people acquire these essential skills, it will lead to a sustainable way of living. This is especially important for women, as they are more likely to be unemployed and under-paid.

Carrying out my work experience at the HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt Group has provided many useful benefits that I can take away with me. I have gained knowledge on Marketing, being introduced to skills and processes that only occur in the workplace and the ability to communicate within a professional environment. These skills along with my drive to gain work experience, will feature on my CV and show future employers that I am motivated to develop myself in preparation for the working world. I would recommend that every student gain work experience in a professional setting before leaving the educational system, to not only expose themselves to the skills required for later life but to provide a clarity on what career path they may wish to pursue. My time at the HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt Group has proved extremely useful, giving me the chance to explore a potential future career avenue and I look forward to the opportunities I may now receive in the future, from having this experience on my CV.

Teagan Rodwell

Work Experience Student with the HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt Group Marketing Team