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How do I get career advice?

Getting career advice isn’t really as simple as speaking to one person.

Neither is it about completing one activity which then tells you what job will suit you.

Choosing a career for the future

careers of the future

Choosing a career for your future requires a combination of advice and information which you will get from a variety of places.  A good place to start is perhaps with some up to date information on the labour market, which basically means information on what jobs exist and where, what jobs are in decline and which are growing and which jobs are hard to fill.  Having this information will equip you well in thinking about what the best employability prospects are.

Combining labour market information with your skills set

We all have particular strengths and weaknesses and obviously if you have a job which is matched to your strengths then you will be more confident day to day in what you do, you will probably be more productive and your employer will appreciate the value that this brings to their business.

This doesn’t mean that if your digital skills are a bit weak or you really suck at punctuation and grammar that you should avoid pursuing a career which requires these skills – it just means that you might need to apply yourself better to developing these skills or get a little support at school to improve them.

Choosing the right route into a career

One other important thing to consider is the variety of options available to you when it comes to deciding what qualification you want to get and how you want to get it.

It might be that you want to study full time for A-levels and need to know which A-level combination is best for what you want to do.

It might be that you will be better served by a full time vocational course of study or that an apprenticeship would be great for what you want to do.

It is widely understood that studying full time for a degree at university is not always the best option and many careers can be entered by completing an apprenticeship, a higher national certificate or higher national diploma, which you can study for in some colleges of FE as well as some universities so it’s worth doing some research into these options too.

Don’t forget also that many firms offer school leaver programmes, which can combine studying for a degree with on the job training.

 

About Lynette Daly

Lynette is the publishing editor of Moving On magazine. Moving On is devoted to helping young people make good choices for their future – education, qualifications and careers. Moving On really wants to motivate you! Our articles cover a range of topics to inspire and give ideas. Our magazines are delivered free to all schools, colleges and sixth forms in England and is also available online.

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