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With pupils returning to school for the start of the new academic year, but particularly for year 11 pupils, it is very important to start thinking and planning for your next career destination.
These options are:
- 6th Form at existing school or another 6th Form
- Further Education College
- Apprenticeship or Traineeship
- Working or volunteering and studying part-time
- NEW University Technical College (UTC) and Studio School (They offer academic qualifications and practical activities combined with contributions from businesses and the feel of a workplace. Studio schools use enterprise projects to support learning, while UTCs offer technical education sponsored by a university.)
- Supported internships for students with learning difficulties or learning disabilities who want to get a job and need exta support to do this.
- Self-employed and studying part-time
If you are planning to go into a 6th Form you will need to consider:
- What subjects you are interested in
- What subjects you do well in
- What subjects will help you pursue your chosen career
If you are unsure, keep your options open by choosing a range of subjects and talk to a Careers Adviser.
It is important to look for the general entry requirements for your chosen 6th Form as each school and each subject will have their own entry requirements.
Also, consider what extra-curricular activities the 6th Form has to offer.
Research 6th Forms before making an application and find out when each school is holding their Open Evenings/Days. Most of them tend to be held early in the Autumn Term. At these events, talk to teachers and, if possible, talk to current year 12 and year 13 pupils.
A useful website to help with research is www.ucasprogress.com. Read all the information from the school and check application deadlines.
Finally, it is advisable to have a back-up plan just in case.
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Thousands of students across the country will be receiving their GCSE results on Thursday 20th August 2015. They will discover if they have achieved the grades that they need for their next destination in life.
There are many things that you need to consider when you receive your results.
- What career you want to do in the future as for some careers you need to choose particular routes.
- The grades you receive.
- Whether you want to be in a school, college or workplace environment.
- How you like to learn.
What you need to do:
- Confirm your place at school, college or work.
- Seek out advice if you have not received your expected grades.
- Talk to your Career Adviser.
- Move into 6th Form.
- Go to Further Education or Training Provider.
- Find an apprenticeship or traineeship.
- Part-time work or volunteering combined with accredited learning.
It is important that you choose what is best for you and not what someone else thinks is best for you.
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There are a number of essential skills that are key to most jobs today.
It is important to make reference / include them in your covering letter, CV / application form and prepare possible answers for when you go for interview. These are in no particular order:
- Team work
- Communicating with others
- Problem solving
- Organising and planning
- Flexibilty and adaptability
- Drive and determination
Most people will have had experience of using most of these skills in the work place or in some other areas of their lives.
The reason why employers value these skills is because you would need them to carry out most tasks within an organisation.
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Having been offered a job interview it is important to prepare thoroughly by using some of the research tools listed below.
The first place to start is:
To re-read your notes, advertisement, job description and person specification.
- Visit company website and also look at the News and Events page
- Visit social media sites (e.g. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc.)
- Visit competitor websites
- Undertake financial research (use your local library)
- Read any marketing material
- Do a google search of the organisation (this will give you other key information)
It is important to consider other research tools other than just the organisation's website.