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NEWS

UNI NOT FOR YOU? THINK APPRENTICESHIP
Tips from Teresa Frith, Senior Skills Policy Manager at the Association of Colleges (AoC)
Gaining a job after GCSEs or A-levels without workplace experience can be difficult if you don't have
any work experience, but there's always the chance of taking up an apprenticeship. You earn a wage
and gain the skills and knowledge at the same time. In other words, you get the best of both worlds.
KEEP AN OPEN MIND
If you already have an idea as to what you want
to do, or would like to work outdoors or with
children and young people, there are
thousands of possible jobs and careers
available. But don't narrow down the
possibilities before you've even taken a look.
RESEARCH
It's your future, and it's worth investing time
working out what you want to do. You can
register on the Find an Apprenticeship
website and browse what's on offer. If you
know the sort of apprenticeship you might
want to take up, there is lots of information
online. Most employers have websites you
can look at and it might even be possible to
talk to an apprentice in that sector.
RESEARCHING AN EMPLOYER
Once you have decided on the apprenticeship
to apply for, it is now time to think about the
employer for whom you would be working. An
apprenticeship should be of benefit to both
you and the employer, so take time to see
whether you've got what he or she wants,
and whether you will get what you want.

STAND OUT... IN A GOOD WAY
Your application needs to include anything
that will appeal to the employer and help to
make your application stand out. They won't
just look at GCSE or A-Level grades or work
experience; they want to know more about
you. Your sporting achievements, hobbies,
social events you might have organised or
helped with? They will all help to convince a
potential employer you are what they want.
ASK FOR HELP
There are a lot of people whose role it is to help
you try to land your first job so talk to them
about filling in applications, writing CVs and
preparing for interviews. Look online too.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
Practicing your interview technique will help to
build your confidence. Practise handshakes
(that don't feel like 'wet fish') and maintaining
eye contact. Rehearse your answer to possible
questions the employer might ask, like 'why do
you want this job?', or 'why should I employ you
over the others?' Re-read your application so
you can think of questions an employer might
ask you based on what you said.

SUCCESSFUL?
Congratulations, you've just got your first job.
Now it is time to watch, listen and ask
questions. Work life is nothing like school,
social or family life and it takes a bit of getting
used to. As an apprentice, you are a junior
member of the work team, but you are an
employee first and a student second. You
need to get to understand how your employer
works while they get to understand you.
It won't all be plain sailing, you will make
mistakes, but that is all part of learning.
UNSUCCESSFUL?
Don't panic. No one is successful every time
and it may be you weren't a good fit for their
organisation. Persevere - and keep applying
for other jobs.
If you are not getting any interviews, take
another look at your application. If you never
succeed at interview, think about why that
was and how you can get better. Again,
find someone to talk to about why you're not
succeeding. Most employers say the most
important thing about apprentices is they must
have the 'right attitude'. It is worth giving some
serious thought as to what that actually means.

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