You can never start exploring and researching career ideas too soon! Others are still finding their way in their twenties…….
Making career choices It is a process, not an event. Choices are affected by both planned and chance experiences. It happens at different times for different people
What are your skills and abilities? What are your interests? How do you learn best? What motivates you?
What do you actually do in the job? What skills are required? What level and type of qualifications are needed? What subjects will be helpful? How do you train/learn to do the job? What are the working conditions like? What are employers looking for?
Career development is a lifelong journey. There will be opportunities to learn new skills and gain new experiences throughout your life. The world of work is always changing. Employers need people who are flexible and adaptable
In full time education at college or sixth form (further education) Working and studying part time (apprenticeship, job with training, self employed) Training for a specific career or keeping your options open.
General qualifications, such as A levels: Subjects you know, like maths, the sciences, history New subjects such as psychology or politics Vocational qualifications, such as BTEC Diplomas Study broad vocational areas, such as animal care, business or performing arts Specific occupational courses, such as NVQs Often studied through an apprenticeship, such as engineering, administration, horse care
Study something that really interests you Achieve your full potential Increase your earnings over a life time Get involved in new activities and make new friends Increase confidence and independence
A chance to earn and learn Hands on training Work towards occupational qualifications (and Maths and English) There are two levels: Intermediate and Advanced Can be a route into higher education (particularly Foundation degrees)
What are the highs and lows? What are the challenges? Any surprises? Are there different routes? How competitive is it? What will employers expect from me? Top tips? How can I best prepare?