I just returned from conducting Mock Interviews with Good Will to Work . It is a program to help High School kids prepare for the work force. What a great experience on so many levels.
First there were at least a dozen volunteers to conduct the interviews. These are people that gave up “money time” to help a bunch of kids. These were small business owners, Entrepreneurs, HR professionals and young professionals. I am encouraged by their willingness to plant seeds for tomorrow.
Second, I met a young entrepreneur with the coolest product. They teach Work Ethic and Certify an embrace of Work Ethic through an online course. As a more experienced business leader I cannot count the number of times I have heard someone say, “These kids have no work ethic”. The A Game www.TheAGame.com teaches people, skills that lead to work ethic. Things I am not sure we can measure like:
Attitude Attendance Appearance
Ambition Accountability Acceptance
And yet they have results from clients that demonstrate a marked improvement in satisfaction in workers after they go through this course.
Finally the kids; they were between 14 and 21 years old. They had been in the Goodwill to Work program for just four days. For many this was their first attempt at anything like an interview. They had been coached well though.
Friends there is hope I found these kids and young adults to be articulate (some more than others), ambitious, eager, enthusiastic and willing to work. That was a common theme from them all; they were eager and willing to work.
I share this with you because I have been involved in several conversations and discussions about how can business leaders find workers willing to work, that can communicate and that are willing to solve problems?
Let me suggest a place, Goodwill to Work