Ah, the start of a new school year.
It's a fantastic time, isn't it? A bit nervous but exciting nevertheless - and as we see it, access to a whole world of brand new opportunities. We look at the start of the academic year as an exciting time that brings with it the chance to hit reset, set some academic goals and (hopefully) start thinking about what your next steps might be.
We understand that it can sometimes feel a bit challenging, especially if you're in one of the higher years. But like we said, NOW is also the perfect opportunity to put in place the actions that will get you career ready and geared for success. Yes, it can seem a bit unnerving at times. But hey, we've never let you tackle things alone without a bit of guidance.
So, without further ado, here are our top five tips for getting career ready this new school year:
Explore Your Career Ideas: Ask an Employer Ambassador!
One of the absolute best ways to find out about what a particular career path or role involves, is to speak to someone who’s already doing it! This is an opportunity to ask those all-important questions and start deciding if this is the right step for you. The questions you might want to explore could include:
- What did they study?
- How did they get started?
- What are their top tips for someone wanting to get into the sector?
With Springpod's Ask a Question feature, you get access to a reliable network of company ambassadors, including current apprentices and graduates who have recently been in your shoes. So login and get the right responses that can help you get to your
Know the Employers in Your Chosen Industry
If you already have a good idea about the sector that you'd like to work in, we recommend that you start thinking about and researching some of the key employers in your chosen industry who might be able to offer you the job role/s you’re interested in. Some things to consider:
- Where are their offices based?
- What entry-level careers do they offer?
- How can you find out more information? (For example: Do they have any open days coming up?)
- When do their opportunities get advertised?
The more you explore, the more you'll discover about the employers who operate in the industry. And the better prepared you'll be when you need to make more concrete decisions about where - and who - you want to work for. If you're still not sure where to start, why not use the Explore Companies option on Springpod to uncover world-class employers who are driven to help you get career ready?
Attend Careers Events : Online & Offline!
Careers events are a great starting point for exploring and getting a better understanding of employers across different industries.
Such events are gateways to finding out about how to actually get into a role with the desired company, and discover new ones you might not have considered. Careers events don’t just mean a dusty hall filled with tables and free pens. These days they offer real-world insights into popular career paths and opportunities to understand more about the organisations. Virtual careers events are just as engaging, insightful and informative - in fact, we might even go out on a limb and say they're much more effective. They give you the chance to find out about companies from all over the country - from the comfort of your classroom or even your own bedroom!
Get Some Work Experience
We can't stress this enough - Don’t leave it until the last minute to start getting your hands dirty with some practical experience! As the competition for jobs heats up, it's now more important than ever to get some work experience not just to set your CV apart from others, but also to showcase to an employer that you're serious about entering the workforce.
Our employer partners - and nearly all students and young people we’ve spoken to - tells us that work experience is THE most beneficial way to get career ready. It’ll boost your professional knowledge and skills, and help you understand more about what’s expected from the roles you’re interested in. Find out EVERYTHING you need to know with our handy (and in-depth!) Work Experience Guide.
Let Springpod Help You Get Career Ready
Thinking that all sounds great but still unsure where to start? Don't stress - Springpod has you covered.
Trying to make sense of all the careers information that is available all over the Internet can feel quite overwhelming for the best of us. And with the world of work changing as rapidly as it is at present, it's important to try and keep up too. At Springpod, we work with some of the top employers in the UK to bring you some amazing opportunities and careers guidance - which means the information you receive is not just up to date, but also has the support of brands like Jaguar Land Rover, Google, Airbus, and many others.
So if you're ready to build your future (we know you are!), join us on Springpod and get access to all of the above - including career profiles, access to industry professionals, work experience opportunities, and regular virtual broadcasts to help you uncover the very best employers have to offer.