Post 14 Options (Choosing your GCSEs)
Probably the first time you get to make decisions about your learning starts during Year 9 when you choose what optional subjects you would like to study alongside your core mandatory subjects. The school will give you the opportunity to explore different subject content, speak to teachers etc and parents/carers can also get involved at evening events.
For an independent source of advice and information about making these choices, Career Pilot provides a comprehensive set of resources which can be viewed here.
Post 16 Options
Decisions, decisions! It can seem a little daunting when having to decide what subjects to study next upon leaving Year 11; or maybe you have been thinking about applying for an apprenticeship? The good news is that whatever your ability or aspiration, there will most likely be a range of choices open to you to help you progress.
Whilst these choices are important, the world of work is evolving so rapidly, that many of our students might find themselves in 10 years time working in jobs that don’t exist today. If you already have a career or degree subject in mind, great, align your choices to that; but don’t worry if you don’t – focus on subject choices you will enjoy and find interesting.
You can find out more information about your Post 16 Options here.
Post 18 Options
Is University for you? Or would you rather enter the world of work, either direct or via an apprenticeship? Will a degree offer a better chance of a well-paid career? What about that ‘debt’? Did you know that degree apprenticeships are growing in number, offering both employment and a paid-for degree education?
To explore whether University could the right path for you, visit the UCAS website here.
For those of you wanting to explore other options, such as an advanced apprenticeship, a gap year, or direct entry to the job market, Not Going to Uni (NGTU) is an excellent one-stop site detailing your choices.
You can visit NGTU here.
Finding out about the World of Work
The world of work is changing. The impact of global markets, technology, and the emerging ‘green industrial revolution’ are forecast to generate many new types of jobs and skills. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics are supplementing jobs, replacing them and creating demand for new ones. Nesta, a research body, in association with Pearson, produced a report called ‘The Future of Skills’ with the aim of equipping educators to help prepare young people for the world of work.
You can view a short introductory video about their findings below:
Most school leavers today are likely to have 5 or more different careers during their working lives. The key to navigating this changing work landscape will be a combination of lifelong learning and adaptability.
So how do you decide what career you want to start with? The National Careers Service contains details of over 750 different ‘job profiles’ – we don’t recommend you start at ‘A’ and work your way through each one!
You could start with a ‘Careers Quiz’ – an online tool which asks you questions about your preferences, skills, interests and motivation and then makes suggestions for careers, or job profiles, that match your combined attributes. There are several excellent versions on the web, and we have listed several below.
Hampshire Careers Partnership
(Designed to focus on career opportunities within Hampshire)
Alternatively, you could browse sectors you are interested in, such as ‘Business, Administration and Law’. Both of the websites above group their job profile data into sectors. As previously stated, the Hampshire Careers Partnership website focuses on local businesses for those students interested in remaining and working in the Hampshire area.
If you want to explore what it is like to work in a particular industry, Hampshire Futures own website has collated an extensive range of video content about careers which you can view below:
(scroll down the page and select the ‘Videos’ icon).
Another way to explore careers is to identify careers linked to GCSE subjects, for example if your favourite subject is Maths, why not check out careers which involve lots of calculations etc?
Hampshire Futures has compiled an extensive list of different curriculum subjects and the careers they relate to, which can be viewed here.
When employers consider your skills set, they are not just looking at your GCSE and other qualifications; they are also interested in your ‘employability’ skills, sometimes known as ‘soft skills’, because they are harder to measure – they aren’t tested by exams with grades. Employability skills cover things like ‘team working’, ‘flexibility’, ‘communication’ – they help an employer assess how well you will ‘fit in’ their work environment and interact with other employees, customers etc.
The Solent LEP, in partnership with other local agencies, has produced a poster detailing these skills and ways in which they can be demonstrated, especially for school leavers.
View the poster on the right or download a PDF here.
Apprenticeships are an excellent way of starting a new career, as you are both employed and given accredited training to support your work. They are offered at a range of levels, starting at Intermediate (the equivalent of GCSEs) all the way up to degree level and beyond.
The Apprenticeship Guide
is an excellent resource covering all the different types of apprenticeships and links to current vacancies.
When you are ready to look for that first job, again there are many excellent website resources which not only list the best websites to search on, but also provide supporting information such as how to prepare your CV/application, plan for interview etc.
Career Pilot is one such website, and it can be viewed here.
CV Writing Advice
CV Writing Advice
Promoting one’s self doesn’t often come easy, whether it is your Personal Statement for a college or University application, your online job or apprenticeship application, or your first paper CV.
Fortunately there is plenty of sound advice to be had from reputable careers websites which can be found here.
Year 11 – What Next?!?
Career Event Schedule – Download (PDF)
For more information please visit:
Local College Information
For a list of the local colleges, their respective websites and related course and open evening information etc., please visit:
(Scroll down to see the list of colleges and their website links etc).