Business owners often look for ways they can stand out from the crowd, here are three ideas that will bring creativity into the business.
Red Potato are involved in several projects that are connecting businesses with schools. Most importantly, these projects are also bringing creativity to businesses.
Here are three ideas that will bring creativity into your business:
Participate in Careers Fairs
Careers Fairs are run by local schools and Colleges. From the school’s point of view the aim is for employers to meet with student that could become interns or full time employees. For the employer, it is a great opportunity to promote the different opportunities available in the business. The Careers Fair can also raise awareness. Asking the question “What do you think this business does?” is a good way to engage young people at Careers Fairs. Be prepared for some “off-beat” responses though…businesses are often surprised by the answers they get to this question!
Become trained as a mentor, mentor young people
Red Potato are pleased to support the Careers & Enterprise Company Enterprise Advisor programme. There are many different initiatives available to help employers train to become a mentor. In many organisations mentoring is central to employee development. Teachers in schools and colleges are under time huge pressures. It is not realistic to expect that teachers will have the time to be able mentor to all of their students. Yet business leaders have unique experiences and insights that they can contribute. It is a bewildering world when you are 16, with many different choices. A trained business mentor could help young people navigate through the myriad career choices.
Offer work experience
Work experience is not an easy option for businesses. Therefore an effective work experience placement requires preparation and time from the business. Most relevant to this, was a statement by a Welwyn Hatfield (business mentor) Dragon. The Dragon said they had been inspired by the Dragons Apprentice Challenge to offer structured work experience, because it was good for their business and great for the community the business serves.
So what has all this to do with business creativity? As a result of these three ideas, employers find that young people have a habit of questioning business practice. Most of all businesses soon see that they have to think more creatively, in order to keep up with the challenges of the market.