Full-time employment or an apprenticeship is an option after Year 11 or Sixth Form. If you are interested in this route rather than continuing in full-time education, please see Mrs. Acaster in school, who will be able to help you with this.
- Job hunting is a job in itself. There is no one place where you will find vacancies advertised – you will need to use a variety of sources. Look in local papers and on job hunting websites. Make use of family and friends to help you find employment.
- Your first job should be putting together a CV and cover letter, which you will use to send to employers, either in response to an advertised vacancy, or as a speculative application, enquiring about possible vacancies. (You will probably create a few different versions of your CV over time, as you start targeting it towards specific types of work).There is a CV template available on Studywiz.
- Get organised with your job hunting – set aside time every week as a time to concentrate on looking for vacancies and sending off applications. Create a “favourites” list of the job hunting sites you find most useful, so you can access them easily each week and check any new vacancies that have been added. Keep a copy of any application forms you have to complete, so that you can cut and paste into subsequent application forms, rather than starting from scratch each time.
- For young people: www.apprenticeships.org.uk , www.future-talent.com, www.allaboutcareers.com, www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk, www.careercamel.com are national websites where you can search for apprenticeships and school leaver jobs across the UK, by job type and location. www.plotr.co.uk is a careers website that also lists local job vacancies (under the Opportunity Finder section). www.careersbox.co.uk, has career videos to help you explore different career areas and also links to national job opportunities via its Job Roles section.
- www.notgoingtouni.co.uk - information about your options plus a database where you can search for apprenticeships, jobs and training vacancies and college courses.
- Job Centre Plus, one of Britain’s largest database of job vacancies. You can search by job type and location in the UK and abroad www.jobcentreguide.co.uk
- Local Jobs: The Kent Messenger (newspaper and online) www.kentjobs.co.uk, www.thisiskent.co.uk/jobs and www.jobs.courier.co.uk/jobs/ are good sources of job vacancies in Kent, both for trainee and experienced staff. Also look at www.kentchoices4u.com – “Apprenticeships” section.
- National job hunting websites such as www.careerjet.co.uk, www.totaljobs.com, www.indeed.co.uk, www.simplyhired.co.uk, www.monster.co.uk plus many others. A search for “trainee” or “school leaver” will bring up lots of potentially suitable vacancies. You should also try different internet searches such as “job vacancies for school leavers” to pick up useful job vacancy websites and companies who may be advertising.
University of Kent Careers Database www.kent.ac.uk/careers. Although you can't access the individual job vacancies database (as these are only available to University of Kent students) use the "I Want to Work in" section to get useful information about finding a job in different industry sectors, including links to recruiters, top companies etc.
You can also send speculative applications (a CV and cover letter) to companies that might interest you, to enquire whether they are likely to have any vacancies in the near future. In addition to the websites listed use www.yell.com, to search for companies you could contact.
If you have a particular career area in mind, there are often specialist publications and websites that will advertise vacancies – use the careers information software and websites such as KUDOS , the National Careers Service Job Profiles and Fetch to get information about where jobs are advertised for different career areas. See Careers Resources section for more ideas.
Labour Market Information
Labour Market Information or Intelligence (LMI) is information which relates to the labour market such as data on employment, wages, qualifications, job openings and working conditions
Why is understanding LMI important
There is no point in choosing a career path or job that is in severe decline, or is not available in your chosen geographical area. LMI can help you determine
- What jobs and employability skills employers are looking for
- Which industries and sectors are employing people
- What hours, wages and working conditions can realistically be expected
- Which job sectors are growing in the future
- Where there might be opportunities for self-employment or new business development
- Which new skills or qualifications which would greatly improve prospects of gaining employment in a particular industry or sector
Did You Know? It’s estimated that most young people leaving education today will have between 10-14 jobs by the time they are 38
The world of work is changing all the time. There are lots of reasons why the labour market can change – as a result of political events, globalisation or developments in technology. The supply of, and demand for, labour is constantly changing. Employers have an ever-evolving list of demands in terms of employability skills. It’s important to take some time to find out as much as possible about the different jobs that interest you, the type of work, qualifications and skills needed as well as the personal qualities required. It’s also worth finding out if the occupational areas you are interested in are expanding and taking on workers
Sources of LMI
National Careers Service Job Profiles : Each career area has a “Related industry information” section giving important labour market information