Free Employability Skills Guide For Schools

by Mark Blayney in Hexham, England, United Kingdom

Free Employability Skills Guide For Schools
We did it
On 14th May 2018 we successfully raised £620 with 17 supporters in 42 days

Providing student careers services free copies of Your First Job – guide to making a successful transition from education to employment

by Mark Blayney in Hexham, England, United Kingdom

Don't just wish young people good luck with their first jobs - help load the dice!

The idea

I wrote Your First Job as a guide for struggling first time employees on how to cope with moving from education to employment, how to find their feet and deal with the different stresses and pressures this involves, and how to become a confident, effective and valued employee as quickly as possible.

It has received good reader reviews – see HERE – but to really be effective it needs to be available as a free careers resource available for students about to take that step.

With your support I aim to make that possible for every student in the country.

The targets

The first target is to raise £12,300 to deliver 2 free reference copies of Your First Job, together with awareness raising promotional material to each of the careers services of 736 Sixth Form and Further Education colleges.

The stretch target is to raise a total of £15,200 which enables the program to be extended to cover 174 University and degree awarding institutions.

The plan

Keeping it simple the plan is to:

  • Raise at least £12,300 (and preferably £15,200)
  • Despatch reference copies to schools and universities career departments!

The budgeted cost per despatch is just under £17 including books at wholesale price, 500 awareness leaflets to promote the resource to students, post, packaging and the Crowdfunder site fees, so I will simply work through my target list of institutions as the money raised allows.  

With your donations we can make this happen – and don’t forget the rewards program below.

Why am I doing this?

I passionately believe that making a success of the transition from education to employment and your early years at work is crucial for establishing a fulfilling long term career.

I want to do all I can to help young people deal with what can be a big and frightening change and to get off on the right foot.

And I’m hoping you do to - so please pledge today.


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£50 or more

Signed copy

I’ll send you a free signed copy of Your First Job.

£170 or more

Sponsor delivery to ten schools of your choice

Sponsor the despatch to ten specific schools or colleges in your name (and I’ll send you a free signed copy of Your First Job). Obviously this has to be on a first come, first served basis, so if you want to ensure you are the one who sponsors sending copies to your old school, or your children’s schools, then hurry to get your name down.

£500 or more


I’ll come to speak to any audience you want me to present to in the UK.

£2,500 or more

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Sponsor the promotional fliers

Sponsor all the promotional fliers (potentially up to 455k to be sent out) with your logo and message.

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