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New City Support

An online platform for young adults thinking of moving to a new city to connect with mentors from the city. Who can give them advice on anything from the job market to interview techniques, and more. On the platform young adults can also find templates for job application letters; typical job interview questions; video clips of interviews; sources for jobs; sites for finding accommodation; and links to sources to improve language skills and so on.

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When you move to a new city, it is tough to crack the new labour market, especially if it is in another country where you are not a native speaker. Yet, more and more young people are moving to different cities for work. For example, there are many Spanish people moving to the UK.

My idea is of one-stop online platform with all the information young adults need to connect to the local labour market. These young adults can also connect to people who have recently moved to the city before and after they arrive to get support and guidance, because moving to a new place is hard and lonely.

This would enable young adults to easily transition to a new city and find work much more quickly.

It would also enable people to act as mentors, gaining valuable volunteer work for their resumes and the opportunity to potentially make new friends. 

The mentors and young adults would connect through an online moderated forum. 

Who does this idea benefit, who are the main players and what's in it for them?

Main players: Young adults moving to a city in another country, would receive help and support. People who have recently moved to a new city who act as mentors, would receive valuable volunteer work and new contacts. Companies that place links to their website on the platform, e.g. recruitment agencies, temporary employment agencies, accommodation agents, would receive potential new sources of business i.e. tenants and employees to place in jobs. The site would be financed by companies who would pay to place links to their websites on the platform.

How is your idea specifically increasing access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people?

It reduces the amount of tedious research that is undertaken by young adults contemplating a move to a new city. It should make accessing the labour market easier for them. It creates a support network where young adults help each other. The young adult feels supported at every step of their transition to a new city in another country.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

As I live in London, and I know the job market here, I would target young people moving to London. As I live in special accommodation for people that have just moved to the London and many of the people living here are foreigners, I would interview people living at my place for advice on what information they needed before they moved to London and then approach companies. I would ask my landlord to advertise the site to new people who apply for accommodation at my place. Therefore, my experiment would be entirely local. I would ask for feedback from people from my accommodation on how they found the site. I would also produce a questionnaire for people from my accommodation that used the site and compare it to feedback from people from similar accommodations owned by the same landlord; about they found the process of settling into London and finding a job.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

Any feedback is appreciated.

The idea emerged from:

  • An individual

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • Keen to prototype it, find partners and pursue implementation


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Photo of Guy Viner

Hey Kate- loving the focus on young professionals moving to new cities. This was a strong opportunity area from the research phase. Curious to hear what you learn from yoru experiment!

Photo of Meena Kadri

Indeed – we're amped at the thought of you prototyping this in London, Kate. If you're looking for tips, check these: Looking forward to hearing how it goes.

Photo of Shane Zhao

Great idea Kate. Like Guy had mentioned, the theme of mobility and access to job opportunities was a strong opportunity that came out of the research phase. You should take at look at the conversations that were generated around this research post.

A lot of the thoughts that emerged from the collaborations in this entry may help you develop your prototype as well!