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    With organisations finalising their budgets for 2016-2017 organisations may make changes which could result in staff either being made redundant or having to re-apply for their jobs. This blog focuses on those being made redundant.

    Redundancy can be a very stressful time and you could be experiencing mixed emotions. However, it is also an ideal opportunity to take a step back and assess all your options before moving forward. If your organisation is going through a change management process all the research suggests those members of staff that are helped are more likely to make a successful transition to their next destination. If you or your organisation is going through a redundancy programme you will find these tips from Stirling Careers Consultancy helpful.

    Time to Evaluate your Options

    It is an ideal opportunity to step back and assess your options and to think about what you really want from your career and your next role.

    Make a list of all your skills and achievements

    It is worth writing a list of all your skills and achievements and things you have enjoyed doing. This is good preparation for starting to put you curriculum vitae together in preparation for applying for jobs and getting interviews.

    Alternatively you may have to re-apply for your current job. This exercise should give your morale a boost and make you realise your strengths and capabilities.

    Start thinking about how you are going to spend your time. It is worth considering doing a short course or doing voluntary work in the local community.

    Reviewing your CV

    • Start updating your CV targeting it at your next possible role. There are plenty of CV templates available on the internet
    • Or visit your local library. There are a lot of useful free careers resources available in the library.
    • Ask your friends to critique your CV so that you can ensure that you are providing the information that future employers will be looking for.
    • At some time, think about the image that you want to project to potential employers.



    • It is important to get out and about meeting people and attending targeted networking events related to your sector / profession. You can often find out about local networking events through your local Chamber of Commerce  
    • Get some professional business cards printed.



    This is a useful social media tool to build an on-line presences and useful as a research tool.  It is about building your professional identity online and staying in contact with colleagues and former school friends. You can join online discussion groups linked to your career and it is a way of keeping up to date again within your profession / sector.


    It is important that you do some exercise that you enjoy whether you join a gym or go for a walk in the park. This will enable you to keep your brain fresh and it will make you feel more energetic and enthusiastic.


    With redundancy it is important to monitor all of your expenditure and ask yourself:

    • Is it essential?
    • Is it non-essential?
    • Is it a luxury?

    Start putting a budget together and keep a close eye on it.

    It is really important to keep a positive attitude.

    All the research suggests that those people who are helped through the redundancy process are more likely to make a successful transition.

    If you are being made redundant, Stirling Careers Consultancy can help you through the process.

    We can help you evaluate your options, put together a targeted job search plan, (if appropriate) that will enable you to market yourself effectively to help you get your new job role as quickly as possible.

    Being made redundant is never easy, however, it is an ideal opportunity to talk things through with an experienced careers professional and put a plan together.

    This could be the start of a new life / new future / new beginning!

    Either call us on 0790 461 4946 email us at info@stirlingcareersconsultancy.co.uk or contact us via our contact form on our website:


    We look forward to your call.

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    January is always a good time to make New Year’s resolutions and one of these might be to get a new job or career.

    The thought of doing this can be quite exciting or daunting.

    Here are some tips to get you started:

    • The first thing you need to do is decide on the type of job you are looking for.
    • Do you want to continue in your current area of work/sector?
    • Are you looking to make a career change?
    • What are your transferable skills?
    • Consider your work/life balance.

    You may be trying to escape a job that you do not like.

    Whatever the reasons for your change you need to do some research and put an action plan together.

    This should have goals which are SMART

    • Specific
    • Measurable
    • Achievable
    • Realistic
    • Within a Timespan

    If you would like to discuss your ideas in more detail then why not contact Alistair Stirling of Stirling Careers Consultancy either by email on info@stirlingcareersconsultancy.co.uk or phone 0790 461 4946.

    Good luck.


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    There are many options available to year 13 pupils on completion of their "A" Levels, BTECs, or International Baccalaureate other than going to university.

    This blog assumes that students reading this blog will have received advice from their school or college on how to research universities and make a UCAS application.  Most students will have now have completed their UCAS application form through the UCAS web portal.

    Top Tips for those not going to university.

    If you have a career in mind, have you researched all the entry requirements and what is involved with the actual career?

    If you are unsure of your career direction, talk to a Careers Adviser. There are also online Careers Programmes which can help you. Talk to your Careers Department in the school, college or other educational institution.

    Also, you can explore careers around your favourite subjects e.g. if you enjoy mathematics think about careers in finance.

    If you have career ideas you can explore these in more detail.

    Alternatively, hobbies and interests can be a starting point for further research.

    If you have been doing part-time work or undertaking work experience in the past, has this generated any ideas? If so, you should undertake further research.

    Many careers have different career routes. The options available at the end of year 13 are:

    • Apprenticeships
    • Employment
    • College courses
    • Degrees with work experience
    • Gap year
    • Sponsored degrees
    • Professional Qualifications
    • Traineeships
    • School Leaver Programme
    • Management Training Schemes 


    It is important to pursue a career that you are going to enjoy, but it may take a couple of jobs to get there. 

    The main message after year 13 is to gain skills, knowledge and qualifications that are going to lead to sustainable and enjoyable employment.

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    How to Research Apprenticeships

    Another option available for a year 11 pupil at the end of year 11 is an apprenticeship. This blog outlines the apprenticeship option available to young people at the age of 15 / 16 when they are making plans for their future.

    What is an apprenticeship?

    An apprenticeship is an opportunity to gain skills, qualifications and work experience all at the same time whilst being paid. They range from administration to engineering. They involve learning a craft, skill or profession whilst earning a wage and gaining a recognised qualification. The apprenticeship is mainly delivered in the workplace but may involve attending a college / training provider one day a week or periodically and involve some form of studying and reading. 

    Once the apprenticeship has finished it is hoped that the apprentice will be taken on as a permanent full time employee, gain promotion or go on to higher education in a college or university.

    How much do apprentices get paid?

    There is a national minimum wage. From 1 October 2015 all apprentices must be paid a minimum of £3.30 per hour. Some organisations pay more. As apprentices progress they may get paid more.

    An apprenticeship for a young person means that:

    • They can gain new skills and qualifications and also gain recognition for their existing skills and knowledge
    • They learn at their own pace and get support, when required
    • They get to experience new and different challenges
    • They can also gain new skills and knowledge which can be used across a range of jobs and industries

    Important Tips When Considering an Apprenticeship

    • Firstly, it is competitive to gain a place on an apprenticeship.
    • Secondly, you can use the apprenticeship search and find tool, please follow the link https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship
    • Thirdly, you can approach organisations directly to see if they are willing to take on apprentices  
    • Lastly, it may be difficult to find one so you will need a backup plan.

    Finally, a possible backup plan may include applying to a local College of Further and Higher Education or 6th Form.

    Good Luck.

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