The Importance of Careers AdvicePosted: 20th of January 2015 by
You may think that careers advice is not for you – perhaps you have already decided what you want to do next, whether that is going to university, getting a job, or looking at other training – such as an apprenticeship? But could you be selling yourself short by not even looking at the full range of options? Careers advice has come along in leaps and bounds over the years, and with more resources than ever before, it is easier than ever to see what opportunities there are for you.
Let’s imagine you wanted to buy a new coat. You have saved up your money and have a pretty good idea of what you want to get, but would you head out to the high street and just buy the first one you saw. Or would you shop around first to see if you can get a better price, maybe looking online, or at least checking a few different shops before parting with your money? Most people would want to make sure they were getting the best value for their money, but if you will naturally do this when it comes to buying a coat, why would you not do the same for your future?
Good careers advice is worth its weight in gold to many young people who would otherwise end up taking a path that may not suit them – or maybe even be completely unaware of what their options really are. Did you know that you could get a degree without having to pay the fees? Did you know that many employers see young people with apprenticeships as more employable than those without? And, did you realise that, for many employers, attitude is more important than qualifications?
While this may sound like bad news for schools – like if you don’t need qualifications – that is not quite the whole truth. In fact, more and more, schools are realising that they need to focus on turning their students into employable people, rather than just focusing on grades. Of course, good grades will still help you get ahead, as they are still a direct indicator of your abilities in various subjects, but your character and determination also matter.
As such, schools are encouraging pupils to see their schooling as part of an overall personal growth that will genuinely shape their future. This extends from grades to social skills and behaviour, as employers continue to express concern that young people lack the skills to make them employable. Key to combating this is a good careers advice service in your school or college.
Sadly, not all colleges or schools feel they have the funding to maintain a high level careers service, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. By going online such as to sites like this you can learn a lot about your options. Look through our blogs for information and some inspiration, or use the search facility to look for specific courses. The more information you have the greater your choice becomes.
It’s the difference between buying the first coat you see and shopping around for a style, and a price, to suit you.
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