Tinie Tempah teams up again with Barclays LifeSkills


Research commissioned to mark the launch of the Work Experience of a Lifetime Programme, created by LifeSkills and fronted by Tinie Tempa

barclays-tinie-tempah-42Some say money can’t buy you happiness; however seeking happiness can certainly reward you with a dream career, according to Britain’s next generation of workers in a new survey released today.

The research, which analysed the opinions of 18-24 year olds and was commissioned by LifeSkills created with Barclays, discovered that over a quarter (28%) of respondents said doing what they love for a career was the most important factor to them. This was the most popular priority for respondents, ahead of making money (15%) or even landing the top job (11%).

Moreover, a large majority (80%) of Brits said that they want to secure a job that allows them to follow their passions.

And whilst young Brits are perhaps willing to sacrifice money for a job they love, half of those polled (50%) cite having a lack of confidence as the top reason for holding them back when it comes to securing their dream job. A further quarter (26%) said they didn’t have the go-getting attitude to put themselves forward.

Confidence issues might also be linked to why over two in five (42%) respondents said they have held back on applying for their dream role because they lacked the necessary experience, whilst over a third (35%) said they didn’t have the right contacts in the industry.

The research was commissioned to mark the launch of the Work Experience of a Lifetime programme, by LifeSkills created with Barclays. Fronted by chart-topping British rapper and award-winning music producer Tinie Tempah, the initiative sees some of the biggest and best known brands in the world of sport and entertainment open their doors, allowing young people the chance to gain vital work experience in their dream industry.

Now in its second year, Tinie will also be offering one person the opportunity to take part in work experience at his east London creative hub Disturbing London, where they can shadow Tinie’s team and be mentored by Tinie himself.

As well as the exclusive opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Tinie, there is a fantastic opportunity within gaming at Football Manager. There are a great range of other placements on offer at the likes of: The O2, Shazam, The Premier League, Manchester City FC, Tottenham Hotspur FC and British Athletics.

And it seems that work experience opportunities are something that young Brits are actively seeking, with 42% of survey respondents citing it as critical to getting a ‘foot in the door’.  Those polled also said work experience can help them improve confidence issues (62%) and build useful relationships (49%).

For 41% of those Brits who have undertaken work experience, they say that it’s led to a full time job offer, or there is at least an opportunity for them to work with the organisation in the future. This might indicate why over half (54%) of respondents said they would be willing to undertake work experience in the future.

Tinie Tempah said,

I’m really pleased to be working again with LifeSkills to offer young people the chance to secure the ultimate work experience opportunity at one of their favourite sports and entertainment brands. Confidence, dedication and a passion for what you want to do, are key if you want to work in your dream job and do what you love for a living. That’s why we’re going to also throw open the doors of my business Disturbing London and invite someone who thinks they have what it takes to work in the entertainment business.


Kirstie Mackey, Director at LifeSkills said,

It’s fantastic to see so many passionate young people wanting to pursue a career they love, but worrying that they feel like they don’t have the confidence to achieve their dream role. The results show young people clearly value the importance of work experience, but are held back in their quest to secure a placement. LifeSkills created with Barclays, not only helps young people get the skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work, but the Work Experience of a Lifetime programme can help them secure placements with some of the most exciting organisations and brands in the UK.

Those UK 18-24 year olds interested in securing work experience of a lifetime in the entertainment and sport industry can apply by searching ‘Barclays LifeSkills online’. The programme opens on Tuesday 25 October and will close on Sunday 4 December.

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