Calling all teachers

(10 Posts)
Cheffie100 Tue 24-May-16 19:54:43

So I'm doing the whole SAHM thing but my brain is itching to do something and I'm determined to start my own business that still allows me to be there for the kids especially in school holidays.

I would like to sound you guys out about me starting my own career coaching business for 14-25 year olds. I feel very passionate about helping young people with CV writing, interview techniques, approaching employers, career planning etc. I appreciate they get some support in schools but now funding has been cut I believe it's pretty basic.

Do you think this is a service people (I.e. Parents) would pay for? I would look to charge £30 an hour and would tailor the service to the individual. It would be my intention to help motivate them and help them discover their career path / job and set them a plan as to what they need to do to get there and what skills they need to develop. Do you think parents would pay for something like this for their child? Any thoughts most welcome. Thanks

Philoslothy Tue 24-May-16 19:56:48

I would not pay, they get advice on this at school and then we refine them. I suspect that parents who could/would pay would be able to help their children themselves.

It may pay for young adults.

Acopyofacopy Tue 24-May-16 19:59:18

AFAIK our local secondaries already offer this service.
I wouldn't use this for my children, sorry.

Cheffie100 Tue 24-May-16 20:00:34

Well I appreciate you taking the time to reply. Thanks

seeyounearertime Tue 24-May-16 20:09:48

£30ph or Google for free?

£30ph to be shown how to write a CV, or download a CV template and read the many many guides to writing a CV?

The motivation is hard sell too, at the end of the day why would they liten to you when you're their employees and they can sack you and ignore you?

Why are you targeting parents when most kids have to be in education until their 18 now? Seems odd to me.

Above all, why would an 18 year old come to you for £30ph when they could go to:
nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx
And get the same sort of help in person, for free, with links to education and training and links to help for funding it all?

Sorry op, don't mean to be a downer but I him you may need a rethink.

TheSolitaryBoojum Thu 26-May-16 17:54:03

Do you have connections to help them with work placements and introductions? Apprenticeships? What was jour previous job before being a SAHP?
Do you have prior experience at supporting and enabling difficult to place young people, or are you just offering enthusiasm and general support?
Because as a teacher, and as a parent of such children, I'd not be impressed with £30 an hour for a little scheme you'd whipped up that fitted around your children, I'd want evidence of a skill set that was worth a significant amount of cash.
If it did get off the ground, you might find that working in the holidays was essential, as that's when your target client base are free.

HollyBollyBooBoo Thu 26-May-16 17:57:50

Speaking as someone who receives many CVs for numerous positions, there are plenty of people in that age range who would definitely benefit from this sort of service!

Cv's go straight in the bin when the owners don't bother to spell check, can't spell curriculum vitae and don't personalise the cv to the job.

TheSolitaryBoojum Thu 26-May-16 18:02:36

But are they likely to pay £30/hr if they can't be bothered to use the free support materials available?
A service supporting teenagers and young adults with additional needs, or other considerations that meant they might need more guidance might be helpful. But only if the person running it was aware and experienced in the field.

TwoLeftSocks Thu 26-May-16 18:19:29

I think if you had specific recruitment expertise in one or more industries then that would be your selling point, above and beyond what's available currently.

Areas such as encouraging girls into stem jobs are big at the moment, for example. I work in this area and the amount of different jobs out there is so much wider and more varied than the careers officer at school knew about.

TheSolitaryBoojum Thu 26-May-16 20:25:40

OP, you've posted this in a lot of different sections and got almost identical replies. You've also given no information about why you think you'd be good at it, or what else you have to offer.
If you are looking to be self-employed, it might be an idea to link it to your previous career or a specific skill that you have.

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