Are you thinking about your future in Years 12 and 13? You have some important decisions ahead about what will be your next step. Do you stay on and continue in education, start in employment or training or even take a gap year?
Click on the link below to see more information on each of the above options. Alternatively, access the National Careers Service website which provides career advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training courses, resources and funding.
Continuing your education can mean either further or higher education at college or university.
UCAS helps you search through all university courses, outlines their requirements and explains how the application process works. The site sets out to remove the stress from what can be a very nervous time in life deciding what to do as a career.
You will also need information about available student finances. This is an area which is constantly changing so you must check on the latest news and developments to keep of where you stand. Useful website links are:
UCAS helps you search through all university courses, their entry requirements and explains the application process. It takes away the stress from what can be a very nervous time in your life deciding what you want to do as a career.
You will also need information about available student finance options. This is an area which is constantly changing as so you must check on the latest news and developments to keep track of where you stand. Useful links are:
There are also several good books available to help you with your Higher Education choices. These include:
Degree Course Offers by Brian Heap (updated annually)
Your UCAS Application 2014-15 Step by Step Guide by Karen Ette (updated annually)
You may decide that going into employment or training is the right choice for you. This could mean:
* Entry into work
* An Apprenticeship
* Part-time work whilst studying
You may decide that going into training or imployment is the right choice for you. This could be by:
- Entry to work
- An apprenticeship
- Part-time work whilst studying
Below are some relevant links that can help you with the above options:
The National Careers Service provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training courses and funding.
Before making any applications for a job, you will want to work on preparing an effective CV. Click on the logo below to give you lots of good starting points and guidance.
Do you fancy doing something you really wished could happen for a long time? Maybe taking a gay year would help you realise your wishes. During your gap year you could:
- Work in Britain
- Work abroad
- Volunteer – either in this country or abroad
All of these options can provide you with work experience to help you make decisions about possible future careers and courses. They will also help you build a fuller, better, more attractive CV that future employers will be interested in.
There are also many useful publications about what to do in your gap year. A couple of these are listed below but a short internet search will help you tailor on-line material and publications to best suit your needs.
The Gap Year Guidebook 2015 (updated annually)
The Big Trip: Your Ultimate Guide to Gap Years and Overseas Adventures (updated annually)
Don’t worry – there is lots of help available to help and guidance which will enable you to make those important first steps.
- Discuss your ideas with your tutor in school plus a number of teachers
- Contact your local ‘Futures’ centre for an interview
- Talk to your friends and family
A good first step would be to take a look at the National Careers Service website after which you might access some of the more specific and specialised websites outlined earlier.
The school are doing some work with 3aaa and Vision Apprenticeships who are major providers of Apprenticeships across the country and the only employability skills provider in the country to be rated “outstanding” by Ofsted (Futures are Good).
Both companies provide all aspects of the Apprenticeship including both the college based taught element and the placement within the sector.