For thousands of young people, this month is the one where they really get down to brass tacks about their careers. Whatever the level of the education, it tends to be that the results come in the long break, there is a period of adjustment and perhaps a little bit of squeezing the last drop out of the summer break fun, then it’s time to get on with your life.
There are a lot of options out there for you to look at, and what can feel like endless pressure to pick the right thing. At the moment there is a skills shortage and very low unemployment so job opportunities and other options can feel like they are everywhere. In fact, there are more options available to a school leaver or graduates than ever, so, what do you do with your career opportunities? How do you decide the best option for you?
Well, before you do anything else take the time to stop and give yourself some thinking room. Maybe grab your laptop, tablet or even some good old-fashioned paper and jot down your options in terms of pros and cons. Some things you may want to consider are:
• Would an apprenticeship suit you? There is a lot of investment in the apprenticeship programmes at the moment, and they can be a great start to a career. You get paid to learn the ropes in your job, and the experience is real-world, working-life based. The new government apprenticeship levy is basically designed to make funds available for apprenticeships. So, there should be a good range of these available in the months ahead.
- If you are looking at an apprenticeship, who should arrange that for you? Apprenticeships are about learning and developing new skills as well as on the job experience so make sure you pick a reliable organisation to help you.
- It is vital that you are sure it is what you want to do. You don’t want to be six months down the line before you realise the apprentice route isn’t right for you or that you are in the wrong working environment. So, make sure you are comfortable with the ins and outs of what’s expected before you make your decision.
• What about temporary or contract work as an option? Many employers are looking to increase temporary and fixed term contracts which offer more flexible employment opportunities. If you are still not sure about where you want to go with your career, this can provide a really good way to earn while you gather your thoughts and settle on your future goals.
• What if you didn’t get the grades you expected? By now you are probably over the shock, so it’s time to ask what it means to your work life. In some cases, we see people who unfortunately just decide that lower than expected grades are the end and they settle for the first job that comes along. This is not the right way to think about it and there’s always the opportunity to study something new again in the future.
• A graduate programme may be a good choice. Many of the bigger companies will run graduate induction programmes which could fast track you on a career.
• Is more traditional, full time, permanent work an option? Here is a thought that you will probably find a welcome relief. If, right now all you want to do is get a job you quite like doing, that will allow you to pay the bills and enjoy life for a few years, then there is nothing wrong with that providing it is really what you want to do. Millions of people get up and go to work every day and do just fine.
Whatever you decide, remember that life is a journey and as a school leaver you’re not even a quarter of the way through your journey. On your journey, you will meet lots of interesting people and new doors will open taking you in different directions through your working life. Don’t’ be afraid to try new things and remember that working for agency offers plenty of opportunities to try different roles.
Please feel free to get in touch with a member of our team to find out what we have available for you – you just may find your dream job!