Your Future Career
At some point soon, you will need to start thinking about your future career; including what you want to do and how you will get there. Some of you may already have a good idea of where you want to go and what you need to do to get there, and some of you may have no idea at all. Wherever you are up to in your preparation to start your career, there are lots of resources and information available to you to help get you to where you want to go.
Use the information below to help you in your journey to starting your career!
Writing Your CV
When searching for a job, you will come across a variety of methods used by employers to learn more about you. This could be application forms, aptitude tests, or simply requesting a CV – some employers may even ask for all of these. One of the best ways to prepare yourself for all of these eventualities is to have a CV template prepared before you start your job searching process.
A CV is a written document which helps employers to choose the best potential candidates for the job they are advertising by providing them with a variety of information about each individual. This usually includes your personal details, a personal profile (including who you are and what you’re looking for), educational history, work experience, skills, achievements, references (usually available on request), and sometimes also a short paragraph about your personal interests that may be relevant to the job you are applying for. It is important to remember that your CV should be tailored to the specific job you are applying for, particularly if you are applying for a range of careers that are unrelated.
There are a wide range of resources available online to help you create your CV template. Use the links below to find out more information of what to include on your CV and how to present it. You can also contact your current institutes’ careers team to help you with your CV.
Which career is right for me?
Although it may seem like a lot of people have a clear idea of what they would like to do once they start their career, there is nothing wrong with not knowing for definite what you want to do. Sometimes it takes a little time and research (and a bit of trial and error!) to find what you truly want to do – and you are definitely not alone, many people feel the same!
There is a wide range of information and resources available to you to assist in deciding on your chosen career path. From quizzes to job profiles – you will be sure to have a better idea of where you can see yourself going once you have explored the information available to you. We have provided some of this information below, but there are plenty more resources online for you to explore. You could also speak to the career team at your institution, or even the Future U team, to help with any questions or concerns you may have.
Gaining Work Experience
When applying for jobs, on top of the skills and education you have, employers will be looking for work experience. This can be voluntary or paid experience and does not always have to be in the field of work you are trying to get into. A lot of jobs provide you with valuable experience and skills needed for almost every job!
When writing your CV, it is important to include all experience you have gained, whether it be voluntary (such as work experience in high school, tutoring in school/college, volunteering in a shop, etc.) or paid (such as part-time jobs you may have had whilst studying). Whatever experience you do have, there will be valuable skills you have gained from undertaking those roles!
Sometimes employers may require an employee with more work experience, which can be difficult when you are new out of education. A good way to boost your CV by gaining more work experience is to undertake voluntary work or get a part-time job. You can also gain experience of the workplace and develop new skills through volunteering companies. Another way to gain work experience, particularly during your time in education, is to undertake seasonal work – these are jobs that are available during the holidays, such as summer and Christmas. We have provided you with some links below to help you find further work experience.
- GOV.UK – Volunteering in Lancashire
- LVP – Lancashire Volunteering Partnership
- GOV.UK – Seasonal Work
- Do It
If you are a student at one of our Partner Universities, then you can visit the links below for more information:
- UCLan – Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership
- Lancaster University – Volunteering
- Edge Hill – Volunteering
- University of Cumbria – Volunteering
You can also look for both paid and unpaid work on websites such as:
Finding a Job
So you have created your CV, and you have gained some work experience – now you want to find a job that suits you! The world of work can sometimes seem a little daunting, particularly when you may not know where to look.
There are a variety of ways you can find jobs, including job search engines (such as Indeed, Monster, Total Jobs, Reed, Jobsite, Prospects). You can also visit the National Careers Service website to gain access to Job Profiles, Job Matching, Courses to help you in your career, advisers, and generic advice.
Visit the links below to gain access to even more job searching advice: