The Career Review pilot programme had an impressive impact. Not only did it show that the Career Review model has the potential to transform the lives of those taking part, it also showed the huge benefits to employers.

Career Reviews help identify and improve skills sets

Over half of Career Review recipients surveyed said they felt more confident in their own skills and experience.

““As you get older, if you’ve not been in the job market for a while you do doubt your abilities. What you need somebody to do is say “Yes you are good at this, you’re excellent at that, you’ve got considerable skills in this area of work…” And that’s what I needed very much.””

““It gave me the confidence to apply for a job. Without the session I wouldn’t have seen the advert, but being able to sell my skills and promote myself in the way that I did do... I possibly wouldn’t have been able to do without that session.””

Career Reviews get people interested and motivated about working

40% of respondents said they knew more about possible work or career opportunities, or were interested in taking up a learning opportunity.

As you get older, if you’ve not been in the job market for a while you do doubt your abilities. What you need somebody to do is say “Yes you are good at this, you’re excellent at that, you’ve got considerable skills in this area of work…”. And that’s what I needed very much.

Career Reviews help get people into work

Half of respondents who were unemployed at the time of their Career Review were in work 12 months later.

It gave me the confidence to apply for a job. Without the session I wouldn’t have seen the advert, but being able to sell my skills and promote myself in the way that I did do… I possibly wouldn’t have been able to do without that session.

Career Reviews support and champion older workers

As a result of the Career Review pilot, one employer is now using the skills of older workers for the training and development of new staff.

One company that I worked with, as a result of the discussions with the older workers we set up a succession planning group. Older people are doing more training and development of new people coming through. In one or two cases they were thinking they were coming towards the end of their working life [because they do physically demanding jobs]. But following the discussion the employer started using them more as trainers.

Career Review adviser

Another employer changed their working policies to focus on their older workers.

‘It’s made us as an organisation look at our working policies regarding older employees because we hadn’t really focused on them. In addition we’re going to implement the review in the annual appraisal system.

Employer

Career Reviews increase productivity and motivation

Employers who took part in the Career Review pilot reported higher engagement and motivation amongst staff.

It helped re-engage members of staff who were non-productive and who were ‘cruising’ and who were saying ‘I’m too old to change’… people were motivated to change their behaviour in the workplace.

Career Review project manager