This just in: University of Edinburgh alum Tom Rendell is launching a new online platform dedicated to helping young people find work. The project, called Slumpwise, is the brainchild of Open Society, a collective of 18- to 25-year-olds that seeks to generate work and develop first-hand experience for participants through collaborative projects.
The Slumpwise launch event is Saturday June 12th 14:00-16:00, and includes an online panel discussion with 16 selected experts on “Creative Solutions To Youth Under Employment”. (See the full expert panel on the Open Society blog.)
To ask a specific question of the panel, email questions in advance to email@example.com. Anyone can take part in the live online discussion by signing up at www.slumpwise.co.uk on Saturday 12th June, between 14:00-16:00.
Says Tom, “We feel that Slumpwise offers a great opportunity to students, particularly those graduating this year, who feel they are unsure about work after leaving university. By collecting a wide range of alternative work, work experience and enterprise options in one place,we hope to at least forearm students with their full range of options. Slumpwise was borne out of the shared experience of a number of friends and I; it was only through months of research with Open Society that we realised there are so many options out there for young people to combat under-employment and do more, but these options have a tendency to below-profile and isolated. We want to make more young people aware of them.”
Sounds good to me. I just wish there were another group for the rest of us who don’t make the age cut-off! (If you’re starting that group, let me know, eh?)