icanbea… is a free careers inspiration tool focused on helping 12 to 25-year-olds in Norfolk and Suffolk and which helps deliver the New Anglia Youth Pledge objectives. It’s aimed directly at students and jobseekers, but it encourages teachers, careers leads, employment advisors and parents/guardians to introduce it to – and use it – with young people they wish to support into work or training.
The site provides tools such as Career Wizard and a database of Job Ideas to help those who haven’t yet picked a career path to investigate. It also provide resources such as virtual tours, employee case-study videos and tips and tools for things such as CV building and interview preparation, both through the website and in person through its charitable remit.
In September 2019, Lucie joined Morgan Sindall as an Apprentice Site Manager after attending the University Technical College Norfolk in Norwich. She dedicated her time off from college to secure a rotational work experience placement between a contractor and a design agency to help her career. But the office-based work and lack of variety didn’t suit her passion. Helen Clements, Community Investment Advisor at Morgan Sindall, worked closely with the college to get Lucie on board and she was able to spend five weeks with the company in a variety of roles on a large-scale construction project in Lowestoft.
“Being here really shows you what a job is like in the real world. Someone can talk to you about it, but you have no idea what you are interested in until you do it. I wanted to do construction, but it’s actually shown me how much I’m interested in the structural aspects. I feel like work experience helps you get a foot in the door with companies and gives you a better chance. Also, it’s an opportunity to show the company what you are like and the passion you have. Because of doing work experience, I already have an apprenticeship lined up, which means I can focus on my A-Levels, get the grades I need, and then transition to employment smoothly.”