Thinking about Careers?
Some pupils will have a clear idea of what they want to do as a career, many will not. If you are unsure, think about:
- Your interests - are there any that could be used in a job?
- What you are good at/not so good at - think about skills you show outside of school, e.g. being Captain of a football team shows leadership and the ability to motivate others.
- What skills you would like to learn?
You also need to consider how important things like job security, status, length of training and opportunities for progression or self-employment are. The job you can do can affect many things including your satisfaction with life, your lifestyle and the way you thing about things.
Work experience and work shadowing (where you observe people at work) are great ways to find out more about jobs, find out more about what you want in a job and to begin to develop skills that employers want. Most employers want people who are reliable, can communicate, work in a team, problem-solve and who have good numeracy and literacy skills.
The online careers platform called 'Unifrog' can help you to research pathways and careers and much more.
|www.unifrog.org||You should have used Unifrog before and have login details. Click 'reset login' and check your school email if you have forgotten your password. Email Miss Darby (email@example.com) for help.|
|www.nationalcareers.service.gov.uk/explore-careers||You can explore careers by Job Category, which is helpful if you know which career area (sector) you are interested for example, Engineering or Sport.|
|www.icould.com||A large number of videos of people talking about their jobs|
|www.prospects.ac.uk||Information about job sectors. - You can search for a specific career using the A-Z list, or, you can explore related jobs in the Browse by Sector list.|
|www.careerpilot.org.uk||A one-stop website for information on qualifications, options, jobs and much more.|
|www.careersbox.co.uk||The national careers film library - a free resource showing hundreds of people doing real jobs|
|www.how2become.com||A careers and educational information and development website. From here, you can learn how to complete a CV or application form and get help with psychometric tests and interviews.|