Team Building For Students

A team of kids taking part in a team building activity.When students take part in team building exercises they benefit from all of the lessons that a well planned event can offer. These include leadership, successful planning and problem solving. There is another significant benefit that can be focused on that could really help them in their future.

When people go for their first job interview it can be difficult for them to promote themsleves in a business significant way. They will have their exam results to show and discuss and some will have been travelling. This is always very useful and can give them something interesting to talk about in a job interview scenario.

One of the benefits of an organised team building experience is that they can also be coached to discuss what it taught them about such areas as leadership and working in a team. To be able to discuss this using business relevant terminology would make them stand out significantly from others in the interview process.

Anyone who has interviewed young people for their early jobs will know that some really struggle to get their personality across in a positive way. The more experiences they have up their sleeve to talk about the more chance they will have of making a good impression. What could be more important?

9 Comments

  1. ajarndonald · April 29, 2012 Reply

    I really like and support team building concepts.

  2. tictoctoys · April 29, 2012 Reply

    Great post. I think team building is very important, even for people that have worked for a company for years 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  3. milieunet · April 30, 2012 Reply

    Great info

  4. Mike Trup · April 30, 2012 Reply

    I am sure you are right and that participating in teambuilding events gives some extra insight to students about how to conduct themselves in ‘the real world.’

  5. Barbara Saul (@babssaul) · May 1, 2012 Reply

    Already in my boy’s first year at secondary school level he has experienced a few team building days. Invaluable and surely should be included in the regular curriculum. Young people can find out their own strengths and weaknesses, experience how it feels to lead and be led by peers, and hopefully the honesty of youth can help them take on board how to improve, too.

  6. Stuart Harris (@Stuarte) · May 2, 2012 Reply

    The guy who runs my samba drumming group Sulis Samba (and several others) is a case history in team building from both sides. He’s been in the group since he was 8 (his mum started it) and five years ago he volunteered to take it on and run it as a business. He does the weekly drop-in sessions, plus gigs plus corporate team-building events.

    Robbie is a lovely guy, very bright and determined, a real leader, yet he doesn’t have the concepts or the vocabulary to turn his experience into something that others can express in an interview, or that he himself can.

    Quite a few of the people in the band are students. Talking to some of them (and to older members too) I find the same thing; they are having a great experience but they need help to reflect on it and make the latent blatant.

    • James Coakes · May 2, 2012 Reply

      ‘Make the latent blatant’; that’s a brilliant phrase, Stuart. Is there a source or is it yours?

  7. Donna Morrison · May 3, 2012 Reply

    I agree completely. Strong, positive experiences working with others and being able to reflect and dialogue about that experience is important.

  8. jackiebarrie · May 8, 2012 Reply

    Using business-relevant terminology is the key, I think. A team-building event can be a fun experience, but relating it to the world of work is the real benefit.

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