Young people are required to continue in education or training until their eighteenth birthday.
This could mean choosing to stay in full-time education at Birchwood College or another local college, or finding a job or an apprenticeship that involves some form of training.
The choices are:
- Full-time education, such as school or college.
- An Apprenticeship.
- Part-time education or training if you are employed, self employed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.
Apprenticeships are jobs with training leading to further qualifications. There are 4 levels of apprenticeships:
Intermediate and advanced apprenticeships can be done straight after year 11, but higher and degree apprenticeships require level 3 qualifications (A’levels, BTECs, Diplomas) so they are usually taken after a college course or after completing an advanced apprenticeship at age 18.
Extra Curricular Activities and Volunteering
Whilst it is important to work hard and aim for the best possible grades at school/college it is also important to take part in activities to help build up skills and experience.
Employers are looking for the following key skills: Communication, team-working, using initiative, working well under pressure, IT skills and enterprise.
For volunteering opportunities visit the Do It website.
Career Planning is important if you are to find that perfect career and will help you increase your chance of entering your career of choice.
There are 4 Stages in career planning
Stage 1: Know Yourself
The first stage in any career plan is to increase your self-awareness. Identifying your strengths and weaknesses and likes and dislikes, will help you narrow down the type of work you might enjoy. Think about:
What is important to you?
What do you love to do?
What are you good at?
Where do you want to work? E.g. inside, outside, office, hospital, airport.
The “Buzz Quiz” on www.icould.com is a useful starting point for this.
Stage 2: Know Your Options
Once you have built up a more detailed picture of yourself, the next stage is to see how this relates to the career opportunities out there. Read up and do your research into different careers and find ones that match your skills, interests and values.
The National Careers Service is a good place to start with over 800 job profiles in an easy to read format.
Prospects, the graduate careers website has equally as many graduate careers for you to research and some real life case studies for you to read.
The employer sponsored website Careersbox has some interesting video clips on different careers sectors.
The more visual Icould has career videos linked to school subjects and job types.
Stage 3: Make Plans
What do you need to do next?
A specific course at college/6th form
Apprenticeship or traineeship
Further your skills and experience through work/volunteering
Stage 4: Take Action and Apply
4 Stages in Career Planning
- Thinking About Me
- Researching My Options
- Making Plans
- Taking Actins