This year, IP Inclusive Week has morphed into Careers in Ideas Week. Our Careers in Ideas team are planning activities and events to mark the occasion, and we’ll be encouraging all of our supporters to help raise awareness of IP-related careers with talks, open days, work experience opportunities and other outreach projects. And of course, we’d like them to take our Careers in Ideas resources with them, including some new materials for 2020.
In the preceding weeks, we’ll be posting additional information and resources to help you make the most of these opportunities. We hope to include blog posts with people’s experiences of outreach work and its impact; new resources (eg lesson plans, case studies and workshop tasks); and databases of schools and universities to help us co-ordinate the sector’s outreach efforts.
We’ll also run features on relevant charities, especially those who support under-represented groups such as BAME students, disabled people and women in STEM, or who focus on social mobility and access to the professions. These charities will help us make sure that Careers in Ideas Week does the right things, in the right way, with the people who need it most.
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Increasing the diversity of our intake is something the entire IP sector can help with – and all of us will benefit from. Here are some specific things that you and your team could do for Careers in Ideas Week.
Start building a relationship that can be part of your corporate fabric in the medium-to-longer term. Ask them what you can do to help and how your team members can get involved.
Organise a “taster” session, for example, or an online open day. By all means use this as part of your own recruitment drive, but please take the Careers in Ideas resources with you. And ideally, invite participants chosen by the featured charities.
The Careers in Ideas website has an “opportunities” section, where students and their advisors can read about pre-recruitment opportunities such as open days and internships. If Careers in Ideas Week increases our site traffic (as we hope it will), make sure your organisation’s there to be seen. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org about listing your events.
Careers in Ideas Week can also be an opportunity to commit to something longer-lasting, for example an internship or work experience placement scheme. Again, you could work with our featured charities to ensure you offer opportunities to the people that would otherwise be less likely to find their way into the IP professions. There is so much undiscovered talent out there: now you can access it!
We’re hoping to create a collage of IP professionals’ faces, to help the sector project a more diverse image. We need a good mix of people: different ages, genders, ethnicities, etc and also covering a range of IP-related roles including as “business support” professionals. Feel free to include accessories, clothing, props or backgrounds that signify something important about your identity.
If possible, make contact with a school, college or university that you’ve not worked with before. Find places that might not otherwise have heard of IP, and whose students have not traditionally ended up in this field. Careers in Ideas has databases of schools, universities and outreach charities to help you choose where to offer help.
Join one of our Careers in Ideas Week webinars to inspire you. Use the Careers in Ideas resources in your talk, and please don’t forget to mention the vast range of careers that the IP sector can offer.
Write a blog post about your experiences doing careers talks, open days and other outreach work. What’s worked well? What have you most enjoyed? How has it benefitted your business? Help us to encourage and inspire others.
We also need people to write and/or take part in panel discussions with tips for aspiring recruits about the job application process. If you’re involved in recruitment, either in-house or as an external consultant, or if you’ve recently joined the profession, we’d love to have your input on this.
Check out our featured charities for ideas about how you can mentor and support individual students. As someone who’s made it into the IP professions, there’s so much you can offer in terms of insight and encouragement. Don’t underestimate how rewarding it could be to share it!
We have working groups responsible for our website and social media; for developing our resources; and for building relationships with organisations upstream of the IP professions. They all welcome additional help.
Most of the Careers in Ideas Week projects will have to be run online. That doesn’t mean they can’t be done. In fact, it allows us to reach a wider audience. Be aware, though, that students in under-privileged areas may not have adequate internet access; again, ask the charities for advice on how to mitigate this problem.
We’d love you to share what you have planned, so that we can celebrate it in blog posts and other social media comms. If you’re on Twitter, tag @CareersInIdeas and use the hashtag #CareersInIdeasWeek to tell us what you’re up to.