Picture this, you’re a senior in high school, all around you are
people making plans. Your friends all know
what careers they’re interested in and are doing all they can to make their
plans happen. You, on the other hand, don’t know what you want to do and, even
if you’ve got an idea, you have no clue on how to get there! Does this scenario
sound familiar? Well, read on…
Let’s start at the beginning and work out what kind of career you’d like. Luckily, there’s lots of help out there, for example, these helpful resources from My World of Work.
This quiz will help you learn more about yourself and the
jobs best suited to your personality. The quiz asks simple multiple choice
questions such as ‘My idea of fun is…’. Once you’ve answered all the questions,
you’re shown what your three strongest traits are and which job profiles and
industries best match you.
Do what you
love, and you’ll never work another day in your life, or at
least that’s how the saying goes. Read this article to find out how your hobbies
and interests can lead to a future career.
Now you have a rough idea of what career you would like to go
into, how do you get there?
Read about the different ways you could work, ranging from
being your own boss to flexible working or working from home. The article also covers
apprenticeships so let’s expand on them for a moment.
There are three types of apprenticeships (Foundation, Modern
and Graduate) and they can be a great way to start your career. This article
gives you the low down along with real-life experiences from some apprentices
themselves. You can also find out more at www.apprenticeships.scot
This is where the hard work starts, finding and getting the right
opportunity for you. My World of Work shows seven ways to start your job search
including networking and attending jobs fairs.
Once you’ve found the perfect job or apprenticeship, you need
to get prepared for the next stage – CVs and applications.
Need help with your CV and job applications? This article walks
you through the process – everything
from CVs and application forms to cover letters and personal statements. There
are also links to other guides that can help.
So, you got the interview – congratulations! New to
interviews? Don’t panic, preparation is key at this stage, starting with
building your confidence.
Confidence is important in every part of your life, but it is
especially important in interviews. Learn about five easy steps you can take to
feel more confident.
Like we said, preparation is key and this article talks you through
how to prepare for an interview. It gives ten interview tips to help you
impress the employer and explains two different interview styles. There’s also
a handy link to an interview tool.
This tool gives you the opportunity to try an interview. You get
15 multiple choice questions to answer. Once you’ve answered all the questions
you get feedback on what you did well and what you could improve on. Take the chance to learn from the feedback
and try the tool again.
Now you’re ready. Good
luck and don’t forget to check www.apprenticeship.scot for
lots of great apprenticeship opportunities.