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21 day jobs challenge: school leavers urged to sign up

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With GCSEs and A-Level results approaching, a new jobs challenge is being launched tomorrow to help young people compete in the jobs market.

With GCSEs and A-Level results approaching, a new jobs challenge is being launched tomorrow to help young people compete in the jobs market.

Last summer, college and university leavers swelled the numbers on Jobseekers Allowance, as over 560,000 18-24 year olds signed on. This year the jobs market remains competitive but young jobseekers can get ahead of the crowd by following the 21 Day Challenge on The Student Room website.

Figures from the fields of sport, fashion and psychology share their expertise in a series of daily tips. The advice ranges from writing a CV to setting up your own business and runs for 21 days - the time it takes to form a good habit.

Football freestyler and skills academy coach, Billy Wingrove is supporting the Challenge:

Looking for a job is a bit like training for a new sport or joining the gym.  You need to get into a daily routine for it to become habit.  You also need to keep motivated by setting yourself challenges and seize new opportunities - that’s what I did.

I always wanted to be a professional footballer but due to my small size and frame it didn’t work out so I started focusing on my football tricks.  And now I’m one of the world’s best freestylers and run my own skills academy.” 

Jamie O’Connell from The Student Room said:

We see a lot of our users asking for help with things like writing CVs and where to find jobs; by doing something each day, they will be taking small achievable steps to their ultimate goal of getting a job.

We know that it takes around 21 days for an activity to become a habit so school leavers can follow these tips to get it right from the start.

The Government is also setting up 50,000 new apprenticeships and creating the Work Programme, which will give young people flexible support to get them into work.

People can take part in the Challenge by following and contributing to the daily discussion tips posted on The Student Room website, from 19 August. The website address is www.thestudentroom.co.uk/21daychallenge

Notes to Editors:

  1. The Student Room (TSR) is the world’s largest and fastest growing student community, with over 500,000 members and more than 25,000,000 posts on the forum. www.thestudentroom.co.uk/**
  2. Billy Wingrove is a football freestyler and skills academy coach:  http://billywingrove.com