If young people haven’t experienced life in the workplace before, this new training company could be ‘like, literally’ the best thing for them.
Graduates and young people looking for their first job can find no shortage of advice on the art of crafting the perfect CV, or the best ways to prepare for an interview.
But on leaving school or university, so many are not really prepared for life in the corporate world. Throughout their education, they have clearly defined schedules and assignments, with up to eight weeks to write an essay or complete a piece of work.
“On leaving school or university, so many [young people] are not really prepared for life in the corporate world.”
Thrown into the deep end of employment, their to-do lists pile up rapidly – and without the proper training and preparation, they can quickly feel completely overwhelmed.
Di Macdonald, who has more than 20 years of experience in training for some of the world’s leading organisations, such as Apple, Expedia and L’Oréal, saw this first hand when she was managing interns.
“At L’Oréal, I suddenly came across something I hadn’t worked with for some time: a teenager in the workplace,” she says. “It quickly dawned on me that, despite their enthusiasm, charm and obvious intellect, they were ill-prepared for the reality of the corporate environment.”
Ms Macdonald has always been passionate about helping young people succeed. After a year of training her intern at L’Oréal, she saw a gap in the market for a training company that could help students make the switch from education to the workplace. Thus, Like Literally was born.
Like Literally provides training that focuses on teaching young talent how to conduct themselves in meetings, build a rapport with colleagues at every level, prioritise tasks and be proactive. Training takes the form of prepared sessions from experienced trainers, as well as peer-to-peer training through the use of video.
“What sets Like Literally apart from traditional training providers is just how much it understands the specific needs of the Millennial and Generation Z generations.”
This is a massive boom for the business world. As Ms Macdonald explains, there is a growing concern amongst corporate leaders about how to manage younger generations entering the workplace. So, there is a clear need for businesses to offer preparatory training.
What sets Like Literally apart from traditional training providers is just how much it understands the specific needs of the Millennial and Generation Z generations.
Young workers who fit into this bracket benefit from: more frequent feedback from managers; and, interestingly, a greater focus on face-to-face interactions – countering the common perception of youngsters being constantly buried in their phones.
To that end, Ms Macdonald and her trainers at Like Literally have also been working alongside human-resources and managerial staff at a range of companies, including construction firm Taylor Wimpey, to help them improve the way they manage and train graduate employees for managerial positions.
Getting business on-side
Faye Wall, future talent manager at Taylor Wimpey, has been hugely impressed with Like Literally’s work:
“Prior to working with Di Macdonald, we didn’t have a structured development programme. Like Literally has helped us to remove any labels or preconceptions about young people and set them on the path to a successful career.”
With the world changing rapidly, employees – and businesses – must evolve with it. Universities may be still be viewed as the primary academic institutions in society, but Like Literally has shown there is a growing need for training to provide the final bridge from education to work.
For more information, visit likeliterally.co.uk