WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME?
The following weblinks highlight the importance in taking some time to reflect on what is important to you in relation to career choices and allow you to explore your interests, values, skills, strengths and personality and how they relate to careers in a variety of interactive career questionnaires.
The following weblinks allow you to explore careers in more detail individually or by sector highlighting key information such as duties, skills required, entry routes, labour market information and career progression options.
More detailed career research can be gained by networking with family and friends who work in specific job sectors. However the following video-based weblinks give a through overview of what a specific job may be like, including day to day roles and pros and cons of working in that sector.
Useful Links and Resources focussing on specific Career Sectors:
CHOOSING OPTIONS AT YEAR 9 AND YEAR 11
The study guide section within youthspace contains a range of information including help on making options choices in Year 9, post 16 options, and getting into higher education.
This website allows you to search for London wide post-Year 11 6th form/College courses and Apprenticeship options. A variety of filters can be applied to narrow your search including distance from home address, course level, type etc.
[The attached downloadable table outlines the current 6th form/ College /Apprenticeship qualification levels and entry requirements for options after Year 11]
CHOOSING HIGHER EDUCATION OPTIONS AT YEAR 12/13
The following links will allow you to analyse what is important in choosing a degree subject or University as well as understand entry criteria and the Application process:
I want to know more about applying to Oxford or Cambridge
I want to know more about applying to Medical Schools
I want to know more about HE Pre-entry tests e.g. BMAT/UCKAT/LNAT
I have no idea what I want to study at University
The following websites use online questionnaires to enable you to gain a better understanding of what subjects/courses are available and which link best to your interests and strengths
I am not sure of the different types of qualification available at University
What is the difference between an undergraduate degree, a sandwich degree and a Higher National Diploma? The following link will reveal the answers
I want to go to highly ranked/rated University
The following weblinks allow you to compare and contrast Universities by subject in relation to specific criteria such as results, post qualification employment, % spent on research/student etc.
I would like to understand the cost of studying at university and any financial help – loan/grants/scholarships/Bursaries available
Unfortunately going to University does not come free unless you have some very kind and wealthy relatives! Research the following weblinks for information on financial support that may be available to you:
GAP YEAR OPTIONS
Not ready to commit to University, want to travel or want to explore other options and get some work experience? Taking a gap year is a good idea but make sure you research as to how you can maximise your time wisely to benefit future job or university applications:
JOB SEARCH & EMPLOYABILITY
The internet and social media has both widened and developed job searching and how you interact with potential employers. However knowing how to create a winning CV or cover letter is still a critical skill to acquire. It is also worth investing time in speculative applications and networking through sites such as Linked-In as around 75% of jobs are not advertised.
CVs & Cover letters
https://www.yell.com/ (speculative job applications)
Work based learning opportunities have mushroomed over the last 5 years however there is an argument that quantity can often outweigh quality on a lot of these programmes. It is imperative that attention is paid to the length, duties, pay and content of these opportunities to prioritise well-resourced and fully accredited options.
Volunteering is an excellent way to gain valuable work experience and contacts whilst developing key skills for job or university applications.
Current and local volunteering opportunities giving you the opportunity to filter area, work type and time of the week you wish to volunteer
Connects young people with volunteering opportunities
Find out about how you could volunteer. Timebank make sense of all the different types of volunteering and can put you in touch with the right opportunities out there.
Lots of information about volunteering in England.
National membership organisation that develops and promotes volunteering.