What is Stand Out?
Stand Out is the programme to help you find a job if you are aged 18-25. It is a collection of carefully curated online sessions all available to rewatch and catch up with whenever you like. From social gatherings, to meeting with employers to resilience workshops, it has everything you need to help you find a job, all in one place plus your own trained mentor for up to 12 months and it is entirely free!
How much time will it take up? What commitment is it?
Stand Out runs daily online and includes a month of knowledge, skills and networking followed by up to 12 months support from a trained mentor.
Can I just attend and not interact? I am a bit shy and like keeping my camera off.
The sessions are there for you to interact as much or as little as you like. Some people keep their cameras off and don’t say anything and lots of people enjoy seeing each other and directly interacting with speakers and other participants. We have worked hard to create a welcoming inclusive space so introvert or extrovert, you will find something for you!
There are loads of YouTube videos about creating a CV - can’t I just watch one of those?
You can, but we offer so much more! We help you craft the perfect CV and cover letter but we also match you to a professional (often in the type of job you want) who will go over it with you, give you practical advice and tips, all from the perspective of an employer. Plus we run sessions about finding work, building connections and interviewing all online. We help you stay resilient in your job search with sessions about confidence, personal branding and how to grow your network AND we match you with a trained mentor for up to 12 months. You can’t get all of this from YouTube!
Will I meet anyone in person?
All sessions take place online, but you’ll get to be part of an amazing community! We know looking for work is hard, but it is so much easier to do it when you are surrounded by people who know what you are going through and championing you every step of the way. The Stand Out community is where you can learn industry insider knowledge, new skills, grow your network, build confidence and stay resilient and make friends for life!
What else will I get?
- Support to work out what job would you love and how to get there
- Profession and constructive feedback on your CV and job applications
- Learn how to network with real opportunities to meet employers
- Find out more about entrepreneurship and self employment
- Learn techniques and tools to keep you motivated and stay resilient
I’m busy! What if I can’t come to things live? I am worried I won’t catch up
That’s ok - the programme has been designed to fit around your life so everything is available to catch up on whenever you like. There are some live sessions which would be good to attend in person for example the 1:2:1 mock interviews with employers but you will get plenty of notice about this and they are all optional. There will be someone to help you at every step of the process so you won’t miss out.
How do I join?
It is so easy! Complete a register your interest form and someone from the team will send you an application form once we officially open applications.
When does it start?
There are two opportunities to join this year so you want to sign up to make sure you don’t miss out
- 26th July - 20th August (followed by 11 months of mentoring)
- 4th-29th October (followed by 11 months of mentoring)
Are there any costs involved?
No, it’s a free service to anyone 18-25.
Can I ask for a specific type of mentor, e.g. for female mentors only?
We train our mentors to have empathy and listening skills so that they are able to connect with young people even if they do not share the same personal or professional interests. If there is a specific reason why you need a specific type of mentor, then please inform your 1MM Mentoring Coordinator who will discuss your requirements prior to matching.
Where will I meet my mentor?
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all mentoring for the foreseeable future will take place online.
Who do I speak to if I’m not getting along with my mentor?
It can take a couple of sessions to get used to having a mentor, so we would always advise to give it at least three sessions. If you still feel it is not the right fit, contact your 1MM Mentoring Coordinator.
Can I talk with my mentor outside of our meetings?
Yes. If your mentor agrees, you can speak to your mentor outside of your official mentor sessions. You can also communicate via social media if it’s for professional purposes – if both parties agree to doing so, we allow mentors and mentees over the age of 18 to communicate via LinkedIn and Twitter.
If I need to meet my mentor, what can I do?
All mentoring will be virtual one-to-one mentoring..
We are closely following guidance from the National Youth Agency (NYA) and are regularly monitoring the readiness level and its resulting impact on our service.
If you would like to have a one-off face-to-face meeting with your mentor during this time we recommend that you watch this video. At least 24 hours before meeting your mentor please check the readiness level on the NYA website and also check for any local restrictions in your area. Please remember to always meet in a public place either outdoors (eg. in a public park) or indoors (eg. a cafe) as per the readiness level recommendations at the time.