The Barclays LifeSkills Pod, dubbed “the world’s first immersive work experience simulator“, is an application designed to give students transferable skills that potential employers look for in the following key areas:
- Networking – Understanding the roles of people within a business and working with a team
- Communication – Understanding tone and communicating with clients/customers
- Resilience and problem solving – Being able to work a way around an issue if not successful in the first instance
- Professionalism – Sharing information about the experience on social media
The application runs on a bespoke set-up across two screen where the primary screen is a 27-inch multi-touch display which the users interact with and the secondary screen is a 40-inch television which provides relevant information on the current task and plays videos of their virtual employer.
Before entering the pod, users fill out their details on a separate app run on an Android tablet where they register their details. This is then sent over the local network to the main application in the pod where the user will select their name to start the experience.