A Guide to Your Career
Work – Start earning now
If you already have a job lined up for you when you leave school, great. But if not, here are just some of the ways in which to get your first foot on the career ladder.
Vacation jobs, volunteering and work experience
For information on work, how to find it and what to expect, visit www.direct.gov.uk
See www.work-experience.orgfor information on getting work experience
For information on volunteering and gap years, check out www.csv.org.uk
An apprenticeship is a great way to get on-the-job training. All apprentices receive a minimum of £80 per week and a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) upon successful completion. Some also offer BTEC or City & Guilds certificates, some of which can provide a route into higher education. You can do an apprenticeship in a wide range of subjects, from sales and marketing to carpentry.Look for and apply for apprenticeships at www.apprenticeships.org.uk
Other training schemes
Employers such as the police force and the army have very specific training schemes which operate separately from apprenticeships. Neither require specific qualifications to enter, but applicants must meet certain requirements, such as physical fitness, to be eligible to apply. Applicants must be 18 for the police, and at least 16 for the army.
The websites of all of the police forces operating in the UK are listed at www.met.police.ukwww.armyjobs.mod.uk
Starting your own business
Look for your local Young Enterprise scheme here:www.young-enterprise.org.uk/
Find out more about Princes Trust Business Programme at www.princes-trust.org.uk/Find help and information on starting up a business at www.businesslink.gov.uk and www.makeyourmark.org.uk
Entry to Employment (E2E) and New Deal schemes
Information on both of these schemes can be found at www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk
Information is everything. Make sure you are aware of job vacancies in your chosen field by bookmarking all of the relevant recruitment agencies and jobs websites on your internet browser, checking them once a week. Many websites offer email alerts when new jobs are added. If there are any particular companies you would like to work for, make sure you regularly check their vacancy pages.
Ensure your CV is up-to-date and ready to send out. Ask someone, preferably your careers adviser, to proofread it for you.
Address your application to the right person, and always adhere to the application deadline.
If you are invited for interview, try to be as knowledgeable as you can about your potential employer. This will make a great impression at interview.
Create your CV online at www.cvbuilder-advice-resources.co.uk/. This site also contains useful information on looking for work and how to handle job interviews.