When Dan Miller left school at 18, he knew his CV didn’t reflect who he was. Dyslexia was getting in the way and the careers advice he received left him cold and uninspired around his potential in the world of work, writes Sally Ratcliffe.“My careers advisor was also my history teacher and I wondered what he knew about the corporate world,” says 19-year-old Miller.
So he decided to pick up the phone to corporates such as Boots in his local Nottingham area and find out for himself what they were looking for. Miller began to see a gap in the hiring process around becoming socially engaged with employers.
“I wanted to show some of my personality,” he explains.
He knew that many of his peers felt that way too, so he founded Young Professionals UK, a platform offering a responsive and interactive conversation with employers. Jobseekers are not only able upload a CV but a video profile too. Also, they can manage the whole interview process in one place chatting to prospective employers.
With the website’s immediacy and simple interface, Miller feels he is offering a vital solution in the jobs marketplace. He thinks services such as LinkedIn are great but sees them as platforms more suited to the 35-plus demographic.
“I think that outside London, many [younger] people just don’t know about LinkedIn, but they need a more engaged way to work on their phones with future employers,” he says.
Miller has pledged to help more than 1 million 16-to-24 year-olds connect with employers in the next five years. He is especially interested in those unsure about how to take that vital first step into work.
A Blue Chip line-up of the likes of Barclays, PwC, IBM, Rolls-Royce, the ICAEW and Pearson College London are backing his idea and sponsoring his career events for young people. And with the support of mentoring firm Rockstar Hubs International, Miller has just raised £50,000 to take his talent platform to the next stage.
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