Careers Advice

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The Outwood Grange Family of Schools recognise that all students require expert advice in planning their future and therefore are proud to work in partnership with Careers Inc. to provide guidance from qualified and experienced advisors. All students within Post 16 will be provided with opportunities for one-to-one guidance sessions with a member of the CareersInc team.

CareersInc provide a menu of careers information, individual advice and guidance (IAG) services for students, including:-

  • One-to-one impartial guidance,
  • Personal coaching, including how to write a CV and practice interview techniques
  • Support for both students and their parents/carers on key transition and option choices
  • Careers information and advice on all available options, including apprenticeships, work-based learning and traditional pathways at both 16 and 18+
  • Support following exam results, to help students decide on what to do next

Choices you could consider at 18

The choices you make will be affected by many things like your financial situation, interests, your attitude to study, your qualifications, the job market, etc. Another big factor is the job or career you have in mind.

Post 16 study is the time to really get into the detail about which job sectors you are interested in, what sort of opportunities they offer and what qualifications they are looking for. Find out more about Job Sectors.

Options include

  • Doing a higher education level course – either full-time, part-time or by distance learning, at a university or a college
  • Doing an Advanced, Higher or Degree Apprenticeship;
  • Getting a job that offers training;
  • Doing a course at a Further Education College
    Taking a year out (a gap year)

As always, getting advice and support from those who know you or your CareersInc Adviser is very important, as is finding out about the different employment options available to you and the qualifications and skills you need for a particular career.

Higher education

If you have Level 3 qualifications like A Levels, Advanced Apprenticeship, BTEC Level 3, etc. you could explore higher level study. If you haven’t, but would be interested in higher level study later, there are lots of ways in, through Access Courses and through study alongside work.

Outwood Grange Academy work in Partnership with the follow Universities

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Not Going to Uni

If you are thinking that university is not for you then you could explore alternatives, such as:

  • Work (preferably with training),
  • Apprenticeships
  • Sponsored degrees
  • Further Education College course.

The Not Going to Uni site and Student Ladder site have lots of information about the alternatives and advertise vacancies and opportunities for the different options.
Why skills are also important

Remember – young people with qualifications are more attractive to employers than those without and that work experience and general employability skills, such as team work, communication skills, etc are also valued.

It’s back to those three important questions again:

  • Where am I now? (What qualifications, skills, interests, etc. do I have?)
  • Where do I want to get to? (What job/career would I like to be doing in 5 years time? What will be important to me – to have my own place, children, etc?)
  • How will I get there? (What course or training is likely to get you where you want to go?)

If you would like to speak to your Careers Adviser please speak Miss Hinde in the Post 16 office where you can book an appointment.

Help With Job Hunting

• The National Careers Service
• The government’s Job Match service
• Information about becoming self-employed from Gov.Uk

Here are a few tips on job hunting:

Add recruitment websites to your list of ‘favourites’ on your computer, check them regularly or request alert messages if jobs become available.

Explore job profiles and start planning how you will be able to show you have the right skills for the job, try to provide evidence of your skills to show you have experience.

Keep your CV up-to-date and to 2 sides of A4, type it not write it. The National Career Service offers a CV Builder and The Skills Health Check Tool will help your skills, interests, learning style and motivations.

Social networking sites and job hunting

Facebook, Twitter and other sites are not just used by you and your friends. Employers sometimes use social networking information to screen job applicants. Research shows that young people ages 16-24 are losing potential job offers because of comments or pictures on their online and social media profiles. Think about how you use these sites and who can access your profile. If you don’t want to make your profile private you might want to edit your profile to ensure pictures and comments would be suitable for a prospective employer to see.

Watch this video about using social media to find a new job and be aware that prospective employers might well search for you online so make sure there is nothing on there which will be embarrasing!

Unsure of what to do?
Apprenticeships

If you have finished your A Levels you might be considering an apprenticeship.

An apprenticeship can be a good route if you want to get training for a specific job sector and be earning at the same time. There are all sorts of opportunities for fantastic apprenticeships developing all the time.

However, there are a few things you need to consider:

  • An Advanced Apprenticeship is a Level 3 qualification, the same level as A Levels. If you do not have the relevant job specific experience you might have to complete an Advanced Apprenticeship, even if you have A Levels – although you might be able to complete it quicker than a 16 year old.
  • There are 40+ different job areas now offering Higher Apprenticeships, which are higher education level qualifications (Level 4+). Employers are asking for A Levels and other Level 3 qualifications as entry requirements. Search for vacancies online and by looking at companies’ websites or making speculative applications. You can also search for an Apprenticeship on the gov.uk website.
  • Not all sectors offer Higher Apprenticeships qualifications so make sure you check if they are available in your chosen sector.
  • Higher Apprenticeship opportunities are likely to be highly competitive!
    There were be up to 15,000 apprenticeships vacancies in over 1,400 job roles available to students getting their exam results in summer 2016. Last year, there were 3,700 Higher Level Apprenticeships available (up by 67.6% on the previous year).

There are also now Degree Apprenticeships. These have been designed by employers and universities. See below

Degree Apprenticeships are a new government development that was launched in Sept 2015. Apprentices will split their time between university study and the workplace and will be employed throughout – gaining a full bachelors or masters degree from a top university while earning a wage and getting real on-the-job experience in their chosen profession.
Higher Apprentices are already able to study to degree level as part of their apprenticeship but Degree Apprenticeships will go further. They will involve a degree as an integral part of the Apprenticeship, co-designed by employers to make sure it is relevant for the skills that industry is looking for.