Karren Brady shares top CV, work experience and interview advice

In a recent article for Parentdish, star of The Apprentice Karren Brady shares her top CV tips, work experience and interview advice.

She says: “According to new research from LifeSkills, created with Barclays, three quarters of 14- to 25-year-olds are inspired by their families about work and four in 10 look to their parents first and foremost for career advice.

“Like every parent, I want to support my children and give them the best possible chance of achieving their dreams. But, how much do the careers of family members really affect young people’s own career decisions?

  1. Get work experience.“Start by looking for placements with friends and family. But, if that isn’t possible the local high street can work just as well. Encouraging your children to enquire directly about work experience can also be a great practice for when they need to start looking for full time work. Teachers should also be able to help with any questions you may have around placements.”
  2. First impressions are important.“You can help by running through interview techniques with your children to boost their confidence. Sitting with them and asking them basic questions they are likely to be asked can go a long way. There are plenty of likely interview questions available on the internet. Planning out some basic answers with them can really help when they are later put on the spot.”
  3. Look at different options. The jobs market has changed and apprenticeships and traineeships are now a popular way of starting your career. “Spend time with your child discussing the options out there, as well as further education to see what suits them and their dreams best.”
  4. Give top tips for the workplace.“When I give my children advice about the workplace I always think about what I look for in a candidate. I look for motivation, enthusiasm and ambition first and foremost. Having the best grades or a university degree doesn’t always mean you’ll be right for the job. I believe it’s about having the skills and the right mind set to be successful.