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Results day: Taking the next steps in your career
Whether you have recently finished your studies, or you are still within the education system, your future career will likely be on your mind. Teachers and family often ask the question “what do you want to do after you've graduated?” and it is normal to not know the answer. To help you discover what the right move is for you, we have put together our top tips for moving into a career your love.
Don’t worry if you didn’t get the results you’d hoped for
You might become concerned that your career aspirations aren’t going to come into fruition because you haven’t received the right grades. Although you should aim to be the best you can be and failing your exams can affect your further education applications, employers are aware that this doesn’t always happen and that you are only human. Don’t worry if you don’t get the results you expected, keep your head up and keep confident.
Often, employers look at your application as a full package. This is why you should ask for reference letters from your teachers or previous employers, as well as highlighting your key skills and experience. Including all of this information in your application will put you in the best position possible to land your dream role.
Pursue your passions
There are many avenues you can go down after completing your studies. Entering into further study to develop your knowledge, or taking up an apprenticeship to upskill yourself whilst also receiving an income. Every option that is out there is different, and it’s important to gauge how you want to develop yourself further and make yourself more employable to businesses.
Undertaking further study is a way to demonstrate to an employer that you are capable of understanding topics at a certain level, and applying these to either coursework or exams. Furthermore, education demonstrates a willingness to learn new skills and expand your knowledge base. From college you can go on to achieve these qualifications:
- A levels: In-depth courses in your chosen subjects, undertaking three A levels and passing them will enable you to go to university.
- Post and pre-graduate degrees: A further education from college that goes into significant depth into your chosen area of expertise. These can lead to a career in your desired field.
- NVQ: A work-orientated vocational qualification. A mixture of work and classroom study, these can develop your skills in your chosen field.
- BTEC: At the same level of A levels or GCSE’s, but a mixture of practical work and study. You can go on to complete your A levels or a degree after a BTEC.
If you want to earn money or volunteer, but also keep your studies separate, you can opt to do part-time studies to gain your desired qualification. Colleges often offer a wide range of courses at different levels that you can do part-time to increase your skill set and knowledge.
Working whilst learning
Apprenticeships are a great way to develop your skills whilst earning money at the same time. At the end of your apprenticeship, you will have a qualification that showcases your level and ability to complete certain work and practical experience working in that area. These apprenticeships often cover a huge area of the UK’s working market, and you can land work in several different sections depending on your chosen subject.
Where to go for advice on your future
A lot of people are unsure about what to do in the future and don’t know which path to take to achieve their goals. It’s important to know that you can reach out to trained professionals that can help you to make the right decision for your future.
Here are some of the best people to get in touch with that can help you to progress in the right direction:
- Career advisors – These are often available to speak with for free in your school, college or university, and they can help you to achieve your dreams.
- Recruitment specialists –Page Talent offers career advice and a free platform for students to connect with employers looking for interns and apprentices.
- Your tutor or teachers – If you work in a vocational subject, your teachers will be able to guide you on how to succeed in your chosen vocation. Asking their advice will help you to decide what next steps to take towards your future.
Are you looking to develop your skills and become more attractive to employers? Follow more of our helpful advice here. We can help you to be best prepared to get your dream apprenticeship.