This page will highlight some of the most reliable and useful sources which provide impartial advice and guidance every step of the way. However, don’t forget about those close to you parents/siblings/relatives are all great sources of information and advice, as well as your tutor, teachers and the VI Form students.
Skills to Succeed Academy: An online package that unpicks the world of work, employability skills and applying for jobs in the future. Particularity useful for students who have no idea what they would like to do in the future, the programme is broken into short, focused modules or units. Full access details are here.
High quality web-based resources that students and parents should take a look at include:
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. You can create your own lifelong learning account and access a range of useful tools from real-life case studies and careers guides to web and telephone chats with independent, impartial fully-qualified careers advisor.
https://www.apprenticeships.gov.uk/# for everything you need to know about work-based training. Create an account for apprenticeship vacancy updates and to apply for opportunities online.
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resources/ Explore our range of inspirational and informative resources, helping to explain apprenticeships
https://amazingapprenticeships.com/app/uploads/2022/01/Apprenticeship-Hints-Tips-for-Parents-Carers-1.pdf Apprenticeship Hints and Tips for Parents and Carers
http://www.ucas.com/progress This website will be launched nationally in September 2014 and is primarily aimed at choices after GCSE. However, it contains a range of resources students will find useful when considering their options such as Careers quizzes.
http://icould.com/ This website has lots of videos you can explore by employment sector or life theme
http://university.which.co.uk/a-level-explorer?utm_source=pressrelease&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=alevelchoices use this online tood to see where your A Level choices may take you.
http://www.prospects.ac.uk/ This is a good resource for anyone thinking about university, careers you can reach from your subjects and job hunting trends
http://www.careersbox.co.uk/ This is a free online library of careers related films, news and information
http://www.careers4u.tv/ This site contains videos on lots of different jobs, and students talking about apprenticeships, university and jobs
http://www.getting-in.com/ This site has a comprehensive overview of universities, courses and apprenticeships
The Success at School website also has a useful careers page, looking at roles in different sectors of the economy.
Writing a CV
In today’s competitive jobs market, it’s more important than ever to make a good first impression. This can often be your CV, so it needs to be putting across the right messages, with the right presentation, and no mistakes.
When you have been in full-time education most of your life your qualifications will probably be your main achievement. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, try to make your course work relevant to the skills you’d use in the job. For example, you probably use time management, research and IT skills every day. You may also be able to say you’re a fast learner, and are up to date with the latest equipment and techniques in your field.
The most important thing is to take your time over your CV – make sure it’s the best it can be. You might want to leave it for a couple of days and then come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes. Get it checked over by several people to see if they can spot anything you can’t. When you’ve been working on something for a long time it can be difficult to see ways in which it can be improved. But with CVs, it’s easy to make the mistake, but very difficult to correct the damage done….
Some of the most common CV errors are:
2. Listing duties instead of achievements
3. Not tailoring your CV
4. Visually unappealing and difficult to read
5. Too long or too short
Advice from external sources (click on the links):