From writing a CV to getting work experience, there are lots of things you can do to find your first job after leaving school.
Many young people on leaving school at 16 are keen to go out and find a job and start earning their own money. If that’s your preferred route, there are some things you can do to make your job search easier.
If you haven’t already, write a CV to send to potential employers. Remember to include all your skills and qualifications, as well as any training and work experience you’ve done. You can also send your CV to local recruitment agencies who can support you in your job search.
Do your research. Find out more about employers in your local area; what skills do you need to work there and are they recruiting?
Speak to the team at the National Careers Service. They’ll provide lots of helpful, free advice on how to start your job search.
If you don’t have a lot of work experience under your belt you may want to spend some time volunteering or doing an internship after school. Volunteering is a great way to get valuable work experience on your CV. You can find lots of opportunities in our local area by visiting www.vinspired.com.
Internships are another route to securing work experience. They can last anywhere between a week and 12 months and offer the chance to learn transferable skills, useful connections and insights into a particular industry or sector. If you have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) you may be entitled to a supported internship. And remember, if your internship is over 20 hours a week, it should involve some part-time education or training.
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For help and advice on finding a job after your GCSEs, speak to the National Careers Service