“What's My Job?” is a careers aspiration programme for primary schools developed by Manchester Airport and delivered by the North Manchester Business Network.
It is about helping year 5 and 6 pupils (age 9 – 10) challenge how they may think about certain jobs and the evolving world they are growing up in. And especially in North Manchester it is important that we show children the range of possibilities open to them and help improve social mobility and equality.
“What’s My Job?” is an enjoyable and rewarding opportunity for you and your staff to help raise the aspirations of young children across North Manchester. And it is really easy to take part – hardly any preparation, just turn up at the school, meet the other volunteers and then have an hour or two fun answering pupil’s questions to help them guess what your job is.
This is some of the feedback from pupils from previous sessions:
“I learned about some jobs I did not even know they existed”
“The jobs they wanted as kids weren’t the jobs they are doing now"
“Someone’s looks doesn’t determine who you are”
Why is raising aspirations at this early age so important?
The evidence is compelling: a young person who has four or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training and can earn up to 18% more during their career.
And the earlier these encounters happen the better cause research shows that:
- At age 6 - 8 children begin seeing jobs and future pathways as gendered.
- At age 7 almost half base their career aspirations on people they know.
- At age 9 -13 they become more aware of potential constraints on their futures based on perceptions of social class, background and intelligence.
How to register
If you are an employer or a primary school in North and East Manchester and would like to take part in ‘What’s My Job? Please contact us