Career capable Christmas crackers
Recently some of us here got together to make Christmas crackers to share at our team’s Christmas lunch. Inside, we put a joke, a hand-made party hat, a lollipop, a party popper and of course, one of those little explosive devices you pull that goes bang. Very simple. Together we ended up making something that looked pretty good (if I may say so myself).
Giving is not just for the warm furry feelings, though. As a business owner or employer, sharing your wisdom and experience, or giving young people a hand-up, even in a low-key way makes plain, good business sense. We want people to be career capable.
A veritable Christmas cracker of career development goodies, that has just popped open is A Career Capable Auckland – realising our potential. It’s the joint effort of Careers New Zealand, Fuji Xerox, Business New Zealand and the Employers and Manufacturers Association. Any employer or educator thinking about how best to develop peoples’ skills in a rapidly developing and changing labour market can grasp hold of this one.
I’m a team leader in Wellington and I am still excited about taking the actions suggested here and doing something with them. On pages 65 – 71 are hints for action like:
• Get familiar with NCEA requirements
• Check and build literacy and numeracy skills
• Become social media savvy
• Provide mentoring in the workplace
• Encourage people taking responsibility for their own development
But Career Capable Auckland doesn’t just leave you with a list of noble ideals. It gives you real tips on *how* to put them into action.
Stories are a hundred times more interesting than lists though. There are amazing individuals and groups to be discovered by just looking at the snapshots in this document. A common thread is that most of the amazing change agents and leaders featured in these stories have been have been inspired and egged along by their own helpers and heroes.
Giving back is not just for the warm furry feelings, though. As a business owner or employer, sharing your wisdom and experience, or giving young people a hand-up, even in a low-key way, makes good business sense. We all want people to be career capable. So even if you are feeling like a skeptical, tired old Grinch at this time of year, remember the ultimate lasting gift of giving back to your employees will be economic and social success for all sectors of society, and knowing that you played a part in it.
Watch out for some of those stories in the New Year.