Successful careers can start at 16 with an apprenticeship. These are growing each year in most job sectors. Apprenticeships offer an invaluable opportunity to learn on the job while being paid and to gain nationally recognised qualifications.
The choices made by students for their education or training after GCSEs are vital for their future careers. They should not simply choose to do A levels in the subjects they are best at but consider which qualifications will make them most employable.
Getting a first job has never been more difficult. School leavers and graduates face competition for every role. They need to be able to promote themselves effectively, navigate their way through online forms, and make the right contacts.
Starting a business is never easy but more people are taking the plunge, encouraged by reading about successful entrepreneurs and business leaders who started from scratch. Starting a business takes determination, a strong work ethic, support and guidance.
Most of the jobs being created in the UK need people who have the skills that higher education offers. Getting a University place is competitive and students need to apply to the right courses.
Voluntary work or taking a gap year can be constructive time out - it can be a working holiday or voluntary work at home or overseas and can involve the trip of a lifetime. It’s about gaining life experiences and embracing the world of opportunity out there.
Gaining first-hand experience of a work environment is often the starting point of a career. A good placement enables young people to find out about jobs they had not previously considered and to learn what employers will expect of them.