Careers Advice for Students
Events for students - This week’s featured event is the UniTasterDays and HELOA Wales Get Ready for University webinar on November 9th at 6pm. Whether you’re thinking of starting university in 2022, 2023 / beyond, or supporting those making their university decisions (parents, carers, school practitioners etc) - this webinar will be really handy.
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Choosing a Career Path
Choosing the right career option is a difficult process and only a lucky minority manage to choose the right path for them from a young age, while the majority of people find themselves questioning what is right for many years, even beyond GCSEs and A levels.
So what is the right career path for you? Maybe it’s medicine, maybe it’s hospitality or maybe it’s a completely new business endeavour. Whatever it may be, you do not need to decide straight away. Although people might tell you how important choosing the right career path early on is, the truth is that you have your whole life to choose!
However, people usually give this advice for one very important reason - your decisions now will either restrict you or open up any door you may wish to explore in the future. Decisions we make now will sit on our CV’s, and for future employers, these pieces of paper are extremely important in deciding whether or not to employ you. Therefore, you need to make sure that you are fully equipped.
How do you start this process to give yourself the best possible chances in the future?
1) Do your absolute best at school: Yes, school is a fun place to be with friends but to make more friends and have incredible opportunities in the future you need to make sure you do your best at school and get the GCSEs and A levels you deserve. If you want to travel with your friends at university, the only way you will be able to get to university is to do the best you can at school.
2) Gather as much evidence: Accumulate as much proof as possible to show you are the best and most interesting person for any future job. We’ve all had those super boring conversations with someone where we ask them their interests and they say ‘oh nothing really, I just like to sleep’. As much as we say that to our friends, a future employer is not going to want someone who lies around all day. Become part of your student council - maybe think about applying for Head Girl or Boy, like Michael and I. Volunteer outside of school - local farms, stables, libraries and many more are all looking for people. Do work experience - work experience is great for helping you to make decisions about your future career and it gives you lots of evidence to prove how hard you can work. Create your own business - future employers love to see a good work ethic and during covid, there are loads of online courses for work experience which are great! There are so many opportunities out there for you to gain interesting life experience, you might not enjoy them all but at least you have learnt something from it. If you never try, you’ll never know!
3) Look at what your future could hold: These can be short term or long term goals but one thing that helps me is planning. For example, my short term goals are for my GCSE grades to all be Grade 7’s and above. Whereas, my long term goal is to move to France. You don’t have to think about your career in this part yet but if you know where you want to move to in the future or what your interests are, you can understand what career is best for you and what money you will need and how flexible it will need to be.
My future will hopefully be within veterinary medicine. This is something that I have always wanted to do but in the last few months, my interests and long term goals are have led me to research veterinary medicine within the army. This just goes to show how quickly and easily your perspective can change, so don’t be hard on yourself about your career. As you grow and gather more experience your understanding of jobs and what is right for you will change. The one thing you must remember is that your future is impacted on what you do now so give yourself the best starting point you can!
Student Career Guide 2020-21
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