I remember going into sixth form (gulp, five years ago!) pretty much determined that I wasn’t going to university. I didn’t see the point of the expense, I was set on an accountancy course. My parents have never pressured me to do anything, but they’ve always made me find out about each option – something I’m so grateful for as quite clearly I changed all my plans!
“You’ve taken your first steps, made the journey through school and now you’re embarking on your career. If you’re still unsure of what you want to do, read on to find out more about the potential routes you can take.
Apprenticeships are a great option as they enable you to train on the job while also bringing home a weekly or monthly wage.In many cases, if an apprentice impresses, they could even be offered a permanent position after completing their studies.
They’re available in a range of sectors and some of the UK’s biggest companies offer them. For example, Nifty Lift offers a wide range of engineering apprenticeships, which could be a great way into this tough industry for the right candidate.
University & Graduate Schemes
University is a great option if you want to continue their studies or attain a career where a higher level qualification is needed. However, after graduating, it can be difficult to secure a job that makes use of new skills.
Graduate schemes are a great entry route to well-paid positions in some of the world’s leading companies. Competition can be tough though, so CVs need to stand out from the crowd if they are to be selected for an interview.
More information and tips about graduate schemes can be found at Save the Student.
Don’t Feel The Pressure
Pressure (from yourself, friends, teachers or parents) to get your head down and hit the books runs the risk of stress, overload and reluctance. Setting unrealistic expectations will place extra stress on yourself — it’s the last thing you need while deciding what they want to do for a career.
Just try to do the best you can do and take your time in choosing the most suitable route for you. Remember, academic paths aren’t for everyone and you can still succeed via alternative means.”
I hope you find this useful – I know I would have really appreciated some simple, short, down-to-earth guidance when I was thinking about what to do. In a way I’m still in the same boat as I’m applying for grad roles and deciding what kind of actuary I want to be. I think I know, I’m just having a case of ‘maybe the grass is greener.’ Growing up is so confusing!
How did you find the job search when you finished education? I’m so nervous for applying to grad roles!