Options after sixth form Heather James Personal adviser Adviza • Adviza is a registered charity formerly known as Connexions Thames Valley. We aim to inspire people to make better decisions that help them progress in learning and work. Our passion is to support young people and others, at important times in their lives where key decisions need to be made. • A key part of this support is providing impartial information, advice and guidance to young people as they move through their teenage years into adulthood and working life. • Nik Dean is the Adviser at The Downs Penny Allum • Careers Coordinator • Based in the Student support centre • Anyone wanting careers advice, see Mrs Allum. • www.centrallondoncareershub.co.uk/s tuff/he-or-apprenticeships-video Things have changed - recently Previously – University, Work, Gap Year • Globalisation + The world of work + Rise in tuition fees = Many more options available!!! World of Work is Changing Shortage of Scientists & Engineers – e.g. geomatics, nanotechnology We are currently preparing students for jobs that don’t exist using technologies that have not been invented Todays learners will have 10-14 jobs by the age of 38 High youth unemployment + matching employers’ needs University? Pros … Degree, life experience, some careers require a degree Cons … Cost, not wanting to go away from home, there are realistic alternatives UCAS timings • 15th October 2015 - Deadline for applications for Oxbridge and Medical, Veterinary Medicine/Science and Dentistry applications (including non UK/EU applicants). • 15th January 2016 - Deadline for receipt at UCAS of all applications, including the UCAS reference, for all courses except those with a 15 October deadline, and Art & Design courses with a 24 March deadline. • 25th February 2016 - UCAS Extra opens. If you are eligible to use Extra, you can refer yourself to another choice. Find out more about UCAS Extra. • 24th March 2016 - Deadline for receipt at UCAS of all applications, including the reference, for some Art & Design courses except those listed with a 15 January deadline. • 31st March 2016 - Date universities will usually have made a decision about your application if you sent it before the 15th January deadline (although this may take longer in some cases.) • UCAS Timings • 4th May 2016 - The date you need to make a decision on your firm and insurance choice if all your universities responded by the 31st March deadline. If UCAS do not receive your responses, they will decline offers on your behalf. • 5th May 2016 - If you applied by 15th January, universities and colleges need to send their decisions by this date. If they don't, UCAS will make any outstanding choices unsuccessful on their behalf. • 8th June 2016 - The date you need to make a decision on your firm and insurance choice if all your decisions are received by 5th May 2016. • 23rd June 2016 - If UCAS receive all decisions from your universities or colleges by 8th June, you need to reply to any offers by this date (unless you are applying through Extra). If UCAS don't receive your replies, they will decline the offers on your behalf. 30th June 2016 - Applications received after 30 June are entered in to • . Clearing Not going to uni? Are you sure? There are many ‘uni’ options, including: • Vocational / academic degree • Two year degree / Fd / HND • Private sector uni • Abroad • Open University Vocational Degrees • Marine Engineering – Southampton Solent and Warsash Maritime Academy • Computer Animation at Bournemouth University – course is designed with help from industry professionals. • Reading University – College of Estate Management. Links to industry and becoming qualified RICS/CIOB. Two year degree For example SAE Oxford and degrees in: • • • • • • Animation Audio Film Web and Mobile Games Music Business Private Sector Degree • Norland College Bath (BA Early childhood studies) • Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford (e.g. BA Electronic music production) • Pearson College, London (e.g. BSc Business and enterprise) Studying Abroad • Fees vary (High in USA, low in some European countries) • UK Loans/Tuition fees not usually available • World Renowned Education • Competitive Edge – “Global Graduates” • Develop language skills but many taught in English But … do your research … Degrees with a difference • University / employer partnership e.g. Morrisons / Bradford Uni £15K (BA Management 280 pts / 600 applicants / 20 places) • UK degree with sponsorship e.g. Royal Navy and Royal Marines, RAF, The Army Balfour Beatty – Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying or Construction at various universities • Uni with a year in industry e.g. Many universities – year may be paid - great advantage Business Logica CMG • Earn £13,000 • Tuition Fees Paid • BA(Hons) Business Management or Business Management & IT • 300 UCAS Points needed • Winchester University • Based in Reading/Basingstoke • Rotate departments / specialise Accountancy Ernst & Young • 4 year Sandwich Degree with Lancaster University • 18 month paid placements with E&Y • Fast track to Chartered Accountant Status • Bursary in 1st year of studies • Apply through UCAS • 300 UCAS points Apprenticeships • School leaver programmes e.g. Marks and Spencer 18 month training management scheme £18K • Degree apprenticeships e.g. Manchester Met Uni – technology solutions – IBM / GSK etc. • Higher apprenticeships e.g. Baker Tilly (Reading) AAT Accountancy training • Advanced apprenticeships e.g. Network Rail - Electrification/plant, Signalling, Telecoms or Track. One year at training centre in Gosport KPMG Degree Programme • 6 year degree with Birmingham, Durham or Exeter • University fees & accommodation paid and starting salary of £20,000 • ABB required Risk Consulting Apprenticeship • Accountancy Technician Programme • BCC required Gap Programme • 6-9 months paid programme • BCC required Jobs • Hhhh • From a part time job • Websites / newspapers / Jobcentre Plus / Social media • Employment Agencies • Speculative letters • Use any contacts – friends / family Job websites • www.fish4.co.uk • www.reed.co.uk • www.jobsgopublic.com • www.jobs.nhs.com Interview preparation What do employers want? • • • • • • • • Its not just about grades… Positive attitude Smiling and friendly nature ‘Can do’ attitude, gets results Team work Good communication Flexibility These will get you job offers, whatever your choices What are soft skills? • “Soft skills are personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with others” Watch www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ha6oViu w1Q • With the person next to you, write down three soft skills mentioned in the video How can you develop these skills? • School – projects, teams, activities, favourite subjects • Part-time job • Helping others - parents, carers, family, friends, neighbours, teachers • Hobbies & interests • Work experience Activity • Get into pairs • Think of something you do either in school or outside of school • Tell your partner about it • Your partner writes down which skills you use when doing this • Swap over and do the same with your partner • Feedback! Other career types • Self – employment - help from The Princes Trust • Portfolio Careers - more than one job or job plus other activity • Temping or seasonal work - it can lead to permanent work Further / more education • A sideways move to study a level 3 vocational course e.g. Conservation and Wildlife Management at Sparsholt College • Re-sits / extra year to improve grades Gap Year Travel…Earn…Volunteer…Work Experience Gap Year/Volunteering Various paid employment opportunities Year In Industry Work experience Transferable skills – communication, team work, negotiation skills, budgeting etc • Industry related experience • Build up your CV Caution – Universities will want to see that you have used your time constructively…… If you are deferring, check your university allows Gap Years! • • • • Nothing….! • Relax for a while and recover from the hard work of sixth form • Some people are unemployed Too much choice? • Try careers diagnostics – what do you really want to do? • Research your ideas – Adviza info, library, on-line, give ideas marks out of ten • Go and meet people – attend open days and events, go to interviews, meet the professionals • You don’t have to stay in one job forever – trial and error can work, as long as you don’t stay ‘stuck’ Choosing a career – who can help? www.eclips-online.co.uk Password - DowSch6NU www.careersoft.co.uk/Products/Job_Explorer_Database/ Sign in - s989y5gm Help Available • Careers Adviser in school – Guidance interviews by request • Websites … many of them • Ask family and any contacts • Work experience / shadowing / volunteering • University Open Days • Careers Research – eclips website and JED Useful websites • • • • • • • • • • www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk www.icould.com www.notgoingtouni.co.uk www.ucas.com www.opendays www.studentroom www.unistats www.adviza.org.uk www.universityofkent/careers Ask Mrs Allum any questions you have regarding careers.