When were you last inside a school – months, years, decades ago? Regardless of the duration, now’s the time to make a return. Today’s pupils need your help to prepare them for the world of work. Careers education is an integral part of the curriculum and employer involvement brings it to life.

If you’re reading this and thinking “nah”, please don’t scroll on by. Instead let’s explore some of the myths about working with schools…

I’m too busy

Understood. You won’t be hoodwinked into something you don’t have time for. Half an hour for a virtual talk is brilliant. And if you’re keen to do more? That’s great too.

I can’t speak to young people

It’s not your job to be the teacher; our youngsters need your real-life stories and experiences. You’ll get help to plan an activity that’s enjoyable for the pupils AND you. What’s more, teaching staff will be on hand throughout.

I’m not sure how I can help

There are a huge number of ways to get involved: giving a talk, attending a careers event, supporting a class project, or offering work experience. Your Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) coordinator will help you find an activity to suit.

It’s not part of my job

Perhaps it isn’t – on paper. But young people need your help to develop the skills that our businesses require to thrive in the future. By getting involved, you can help shape the curriculum, showcase your sector and address the spectre of future skills shortages.

I don’t know where to start

Every secondary school in Scotland has a Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) coordinator. You can get in touch with DYW North East here. If you want to work with a particular school, they’ll connect you with the right coordinator.

I’m still on the fence

Your input is crucial – perhaps now more than ever. Engaging with young people is a rewarding thing to do; you’ll find they have a huge amount of energy and ideas to share. Which brings me to my final point: it’s great fun too.

Clare Scott is an Employer School Coordinator with Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) North East, linked with Bridge of Don Academy and Oldmachar Academy in Aberdeen. Contact her on clare@dyw.org.uk or follow her on Twitter @ClareDYWNE.