Inspiring the future

Volunteer an hour a year to speak in state schools and colleges about your job and your career path through Inspiring the Future, and help students to understand the range of careers open to them in statistics and data.

This is a free programme that links anyone in employment, at any level, with local schools across the UK, both primary and secondary.

Your commitment

Your commitment is to give one hour per year to talk at a school local to you, about you and your career. This could be in the form of a presentation or by participating in a speed networking event where you sit and talk face-to-face with small groups of students, or similar events. You can also opt-in to assisting with CV workshops or practice interview sessions.

How to join

Sign up by completing the Volunteer Registration form on the Inspiring the Future website.

In the registration process you will be asked to provide:

  • A description of your job in a sentence or two. Remember to use non-technical language here.
  • School subjects that relate to your career path, and the qualifications or training you did to get your job.
  • The geographic areas that you would be willing to receive requests from, and any specific schools that you would be keen to hear from.
  •  Whether you could speak about vocational or non-academic routes into your career, or apprenticeships.

You can also indicate interest in the possibility of becoming a school governor or FE college governor in England.

If you sign up through the Inspiring the Future website but not through this special registration link, or are already registered with Inspiring the Future, please search for and add ‘Royal Statistical Society’ as a ‘Professional Association’ in the section ‘My memberships of Professional Associations / Trade Unions / Universities and other Networks’. You can also change the section ‘Account / Organisation’ to ‘Royal Statistical Society’.

We recommend joining both Inspiring the Future and STEM Ambassadors to have the best chance of making a connection with local schools.

How the process works

Local schools and colleges will be able to get in touch with you through the Inspiring the Future website to see if you can help them help their pupils make better decisions about the future.

Invitations to participate are sent via email and you can accept or decline invitations by email or through the website. You can also search for and express interest in current opportunities through the website.

You might be asked if you could take part in a careers’ fair, in career networking (speed dating about jobs) or do a lunchtime talk to sixth formers about your job and how you got it. There is even the opportunity to explore the possibility of becoming a school governor. Typically, volunteers will go into schools just once a year to speak with young people.

Support for you

Guidance for volunteers for secondary schools and primary schools is available from Inspiring the Future. Once you are logged in to the Inspiring the Future volunteer website, you will have access to further resources and guides, including guidance on giving career insight talks and case studies.