‘Tis the Season of Careers Fairs Around this time of year, it seems that teachers are on your case. It’s edging closer to Christmas which means it’s Careers Fair season, and you’re running out of excuses for avoiding them. It all starts with a fleeting mention during assembly of “When you finish your studies…”, or you spot a bulletin on the notice board for “Careers Advice, Wednesday lunch times”, and before you know it you are being bombarded with options and choices. It can seem overwhelming and there is often pressure on you from your parents and college to make huge decisions which affect your future. Here are a few pointers to relieve some of that stress and to make your options much clearer:
What are my options when I leave school?
Let’s keep it simple. Whether you are hoping to take a gap year or not, at some point in the near future you ought to decide whether you want to continue learning, start working, or do the best of both.
Why should I continue learning?
Furthering your education is an option for people who want to focus their studies. For example, if you want to become a specialist in your field, you will sometimes need a particular qualification or even a University degree. Whether your calling is to become a Personal Trainer, a Teacher or a Lawyer, you will need to sit some more exams first.
Why should I start working?
Lessons and lectures aren’t for everyone. It may be that you have chosen your profession and you’re ready to start at the bottom and work your way up, or it could be that you’re eager to start earning a salary no matter what type of job you end up in. Either way, don’t be fooled into thinking this is the easy option just because you don’t have to sit exams anymore!
How can I do both?
Apprenticeship schemes in this day and age are one of the best way to improve your education while earning a salary at the same time. There are different types of Apprenticeships in Kent which are all designed to give you the best start in your career. You learn in a practical and productive way without the college fees or post-Uni debt. It is common for an Apprentice to continue working as a full-time employee at their chosen company after finishing their apprenticeship so it’s also an ideal way to get your foot in the door of companies which are otherwise very hard to get into.