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MONDAY o Digital Literacy - O2....6 • IT Skills....8 • Social Media and Personal Branding....10 • Safeguarding....11 TUESDAY o Future Jobs - SKY....14 • Green Energy....17 • Engineering....18 • IT....19 • LifeScience....20 WEDNESDAY o LifeSkills - LifeSkills created with Barlcays....22 • CV Writing....24 • Applying for a Job....25 • Interview Technique....#26 • The Right Attitude....27 THURSDAY o Career Pathways - Virgin Media....28 • Apprenticeships and Jobs with Training....30 • Graduate Opportunities....32 • Internships and Work Experience....34 FRIDAY o Career Resources - NHS Careers....44 • Job Profile / Skills and Training / Careers Advice....46


Quote by NCW & LifeSkills the next 2 years we are delighted to have the “ For sponsorship and support of LifeSkills, created with Barclays. It is a mark of NCW’s success in reaching out to so many young people that LifeSkills have chosen to support us on our exciting journey. Together we aim to improve access to quality careers information and resources so that better career choices and pathway decisions can be made.

— Nick Newman, LifeSkills National Careers Week is proud to be partnering with National Careers “ LifeSkills Week. We want to support teachers by providing more of the tools and resources they need to focus on careers education and employability skills to help equip their students for the move into the world of work.

— Kirstie Mackey, Head of LifeSkills at Barclays


How Get Most Out of Guide 1

Each day during LifeSkills NCW2014 there will be a programme for careers activities. All the information provided is FREE to use, with useful suggestions of how to use it.


Look through the daily themes for LifeSkills NCW2014 and you decide how much you do with your students. There are many online resources, activities and PDF documents to download.


Most of the content provided can be saved, printed and shared with young people and provide useful hand-outs for careers sessions.


Activities range from Lesson Plans to exciting media resources such as careers films – No excuse not to share!


The main objective of this Guide is to provide you with the FREE resources that will make your LifeSkills NCW2014 a success.


MONDAY Digital Skills O2 Make the Web with O2 Think Big Do you love technology? Hooked on apps? An avid gamer? Keen on music or fashion? Got a great idea for the next big app or website? Fancy yourself as the next Mark Zuckerburg or Nick D’Aloisio? Then it’s time to Think Big with O2. Young people are full of ideas, energy and enthusiasm. As one of the UK’s leading digital businesses, we believe we should play a part in inspiring a new generation of creative, entrepreneurial young people. We want to back them. Invest in them. Campaign for them. Give them a platform and a voice. That’s why O2 is the driving force behind Think Big – helping 1 million young people gain skills for life by 2015. We encourage young people to harness their talents and passions to lead projects and campaigns in their local communities. Any young person with a great idea can apply for a grant of up to £300 to run a social action project. From homework clubs to community radio stations, mobile app development to recycling initiatives, we give young people


money and trust to turn their ideas into action. It’s easy to apply for a grant – just visit www. – tell us more about your great idea and how it will make a difference in your community. We review all applications on a rolling monthly basis – which means you could have a grant and be ready to kickstart your project within 6 weeks! Further grants of up to £2,500 are available to help you grow your project, developing your entrepreneurial skills and helping you to make an even bigger social impact. In addition to financial support, you’ll receive training and mentoring support from experienced O2 professionals, to help make your project a success. With the help of over 70 youth charities, including the National Youth Agency and UK Youth, Think Big has

now supported over 5,000 Big Ideas, which have impacted upon over half a million young people in communities across the UK. We’re looking for BIG IDEAS. What’s yours?

Niall Sanderson awarded vital funding to develop Community Radio station Niall Sanderson received £300 from O2 Think Big to revamp his community radio station TalkRadioUK. The 15

year-old from Belle Vue in Carlisle is the brains behind TalkRadioUK, whose news content has reached over 200,000 people in the UK since it was launched in March this year. Niall founded the station when he was 13 years old because he found that there were no opportunities in the area for young people to get into the media industry – so he created his own. Over the last two years, he has since grown the website to syndicate news to over 37 other radio stations, and head up a group of over 20 writers delivering content. Using this funding, Niall can now develop the website to revamp and upgrade the station to give it an overall more professional look and feel. O2’s Think Big supports young people such as Niall all over the UK by transforming their creativity and passions into projects that benefit their local

communities through money, support and training. Niall, a pupil at Trinity School, said: “When I found out I was getting the funding, I was so excited to know that a big company really believed in my station, and that it was worth investing in. I can’t wait to develop TalkRadioUK to ultimately bring in more listeners.”

Hannah Catmur develops the Get Out! Explorers App to inspire children to get outdoors and explore the natural environment Hannah Catmur received £2,500 from O2 Think Big to develop an app and website which encourages children to get outdoors. Hannah, who lives in Milton Keynes, noticed how tech literate even very young children were – and wanted to use the power of technology to encourage them to explore the great outdoors. Hannah was initially supported by a £300 Think Big grant from O2 in 2012, which allowed

her to organise a family activity day in Harrold, Bedfordshire. It was a huge event which encouraged children to be more active outdoors and explore – including nature trails and scavenger hunts. In recognition of the great potential shown, Hannah was selected by O2 to receive a Think Bigger grant of £2,500. With this funding, Hannah is now taking the project to the digital sphere by developing an app and a website. Both have the aim of encouraging young people to go outside and explore, and then report back on what they have discovered. On the website, children will be able to plot their adventures on the site – gaining points and prizes depending on their content and specific outdoor activity. As it’s aimed at young children, there will be a strong emphasis on online safety and parental consent. The app will initially focus on the Buckinghamshire area, and is currently in development with an estimated launch in Spring 2014.

Jamie Halvorson awarded vital funding to inspire youth entrepreneurship in Scotland Jamie Halvorson was awarded £300 by O2 Think Big to create an online social platform for young entrepreneurs – named Ignited Minds. The 18 year-old from Longniddry in East Lothian is the brains behind the idea which aims to create an online platform to engage, inspire and motivate 14-24 year olds by providing them with the relevant funding, advice, resources and services to turn their ideas into a reality. Thanks to this funding, will be promoted by ‘Young Scot,’ the youth information portal for 11-26 year olds, to encourage young people with big ideas to get involved. The website will bring all of Scotland’s resources together in one place to help support startup businesses and organisations as well as entrepreneurs. Jamie said: “I’m thrilled to get the chance to turn my idea into a reality. I’ve had this idea for many months, but haven’t had the backing to get it off the ground until O2 Think Big stepped in. The money will come in very useful to build the website and buy the domain name - and I’m excited to get stuck into the project.”


IT Skills The future is bright, the future is digital. The digital sector directly contributes nearly ÂŁ69bn to the economy and has been resilient to recession: since 2009 employment in the sector has grown more than three times the average for the whole economy. Given the increased need for deep technical skills alongside interpersonal, team-working and project management capability, people with a rounded and multi-disciplinary training are in particular demand. A recent report from the UK Centre for Employment Studies said; “The digital sector is at the heart of the economy, underpinning growth through the technology it develops and the services it provides. Many firms across the digital industries use technology intensively, but little is known about the skills needs specific to emerging technologies in the sector. What is undeniable is there will be more employment opportunities in the growing digital industries and all jobs of the future will require a higher level of technological skills and knowledge.â€? So whether you are thinking of a career in the Digital Industries, or you think whatever job you will be doing will require a higher level of digital skills, either way, you can find out more opposite in the links Resources and Links section. Author: Bob Harrison Support for Education and Training


Links Technology and Skills in the Digital Industries • Manchester Digital • E-Skills • Tech UK • The Computing National Curriculum •

Links for IT Skills/ Resources IT Apprenticeship Opportunities and Further info: • • information-and-communication-technology.aspx IT Apprenticeship Video Case Studies: • IT Graduate Info: • IT Graduate Jobs: • IT Careers Links: •


Social Media and Personal Branding

With employers searching the Internet before even interviewing prospective candidates for a job becoming common practice, it’s more important than ever to think about how you come across online. This translates into personal branding, and what type of image you want prospective employers to see. Of course, this doesn’t mean becoming a corporate entity! Personal social media accounts can be as funny or as satirical as you want them to be, as long as you are aware of the jobs you are applying to and how your online persona will fit in with the industries culture. You also need to understand that your Twitter bio or blog may be the first thing that an employer sees of you, and that first impressions count for a lot! The general consensus among employment specialists is that recruiters will create a general impression of who you are and what you are like within the first 30 seconds of meeting of you. Social Media has put that into fast forward, so instead of meeting you face to face, they are making assumptions based on Twitter feeds and LinkedIn profiles. As such, it is important that your online profiles are always sending out the best possible version of who you are, and what you want to achieve, even if you are having a bad day! By keeping your feeds positive, your images inoffensive and your thoughts aligned with industry ethos, you could therefore build your own brand of you, a brand that could quite possibly land you your dream job! By Lauren Turner LohL Creative

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NSPCC: Addressing neglect in schools, colleges and academies Schools, academies and colleges have a statutory responsibility for “safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people” (Education Act 2002). Schools are well placed to recognise signs of neglect and should make sure they have robust reporting, recording and reviewing systems. Concerns should be raised with Designated Senior Person (DSP) and all those in school with responsibility for safeguarding and pupil / student welfare should have additional training with regard to neglect. This briefing provides further insight into the signs, indicators and contributing factors of neglect and features useful signposts to relevant pieces of research, legislation and support.

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Future Jobs

Digital Skills

At Sky, we’ve been making entertainment better for 25 years. Delivering Sky’s mix of TV that people love, pioneering technology, award-winning service and superfast broadband is a genuine team effort. Across our business, whether in front of the camera or behind the scenes, we’re always looking for new ways to make things better for our customers. And it takes a team of talented, ambitious and dedicated people working together to make it happen. Through Sky Academy, we aim to inspire young people, support emerging talent and help build skills and self-belief for future generations. The Academy brings together a range of opportunities that Sky delivers for young people, including our Starting Out opportunities.

We work to fill ‘Future Jobs’ at Sky and then find the next generation of talented and ambitious young people who want to come and be part of that future, whether that’s on a two week work experience placement or a permanent contract as an Apprentice or Graduate. At Sky, we don’t just deliver entertainment to your TV – we make sure that our customers can watch our content wherever they are, whenever they want. And it’s our wholly inhouse technology teams that make that happen. Whether it’s the team behind Sky Go, or our superfast broadband we use some of the smartest, most advanced technology around. We understand that technology is the future and so in 2011 we launched our pioneering

Software Engineering Academy. We wanted to find graduates and apprentices who had the enthusiasm and interest in software development but perhaps not all the required skills. The aim was to fast-track their learning and get them ready to start working on Sky products and applications as soon as possible. And, through an accelerated seven month programme which includes a four week boot camp and educational projects; we’ve done just that every year since. This year we’ve recruited 28 developers to join the Software Engineering Academy. The programme promotes continuous development and improvement and people who joined the programme three years ago are progressing within the team, getting to work on the design and implementation of

TUESDAY Future Jobs SKY “ Sky is passionate about helping young people to fulfil their potential, which

is why we’re supporting National Careers Week and in particular the focus on Future Jobs. Through Sky Academy we are doubling the number of work related opportunities we offer young people in the next three years because we recognise the talent that young people have and their potential to be the future leaders of Sky. —Nicola Hart, Head of Future Talent, BSkyB.

our cutting edge products such as Now TV and Sky AdSmart. Simran Kalsi joined the Software Academy in July 2013 and is working towards her Level 4 Diploma in ICT Professional Competence. She applied to the scheme as an Apprentice because she realised at sixth form that she learnt much better when working on practical tasks, and wanted to have a role where she could visually see the outcome of her work. Simran started on the scheme with a background in mathematics, and whilst on the course has learnt lots of new programming languages and skills – developing them at a steady pace in order to now be able to programme independently.

She says “Through working at Sky, I’ve had the chance to grow in areas such as presentational speaking, team leadership and planning tasks ahead in a practical manner; all of which I know will help me in later life. As an apprentice I am able to proudly tell people that this is my job and I love to discuss what I do in my job role, and that in itself is really rewarding.” At Sky, we’re fully collaborative and it’s not just our developers that make our Technology so successful – it’s also the people who manage our projects, who test the products to make sure they work on every possible device and our research teams who let us know what the next big thing in ‘Tech’ is going to be.

So what are we looking for from people who’d like to join the team? People who are interested in technology, who are good at problem solving and thinking things through logically. Who have common sense, and what to see how things work – who have an inquisitive mind and want to get stuck into being part of the team that constantly changes the game. And if Technology isn’t for you? There’s a whole bunch of opportunities for you to get involved in where you can play your part in shaping the future of Sky. For full details come on over and say hi @skyfuturetalent or find Sky Future Talent on Facebook


What Are We Looking For?

Case Study: Kayleigh Padda, Marketing Apprentice

Whether you’re interested in our Finance Graduate programme, our Marketing Apprenticeship or our placements in Corporate Affairs then there are some things that we are always looking for – here’s our five top tips to help you out: 1. A passion for the company – do you love TV? Do you care about great customer service? Are you digital savvy and want to work on exciting technology? Then Sky could well be a good fit, but make sure you tell us that in your application – why do you love Sky? 2. You can communicate – whether that’s in writing (remember to proof read any applications you submit), on the phone or in person. And remember, the art of communication is also about listening. 3. You’re good at problem solving – Sky moves quickly, this means we need people who can think on their feet, who don’t get worried about not knowing the answer but rather get excited about finding out what the answer could be. 4. Creative thinker – this doesn’t mean that you are currently auditioning for Got to Dance, or applying for Sky Arts ‘Portrait of the Year’ but that you like to come up with new ideas, that you think around a problem, that you can adapt your way of working. 5. You like working with people – did we mention we’re one big team? We’re all in it together and we want people who want to be part of that team, to pitch in and get involved. To find out more about the opportunities at Sky, and to get a job in one of the few companies where you’ll be encouraged to watch more TV then come on over and say ‘hi’ on Twitter (@ skyfuturetalent) or on Facebook (Skyfuturetalent).

I joined the Marketing Apprenticeship Programme at Sky in July 2013. I’d been interested in Media since my GCSEs and A-Levels but I was not sure if this was the route I wanted to pursue. I made the decision that university was not for me as I wanted the opportunity to gain some experience as well as continue with my studies. I did a placement at Sky, I was exposed to so many different areas and had so many fantastic opportunities which allowed me to realise my own potential and passion. For me, this was Marketing and so I jumped at the chance to pursue a Marketing Apprenticeship at Sky. I now work full time as a Marketing Assistant Apprentice for Now TV, alongside this I am studying for a Level 3 Diploma in Marketing. Through Sky’s Apprenticeship I’ve been exposed to many different opportunities, there is a great working environment and I feel that everyone is willing to help me along the way. At the end of the Apprenticeship, if I’m successful in passing my diploma I’d like to stay at Sky and progress my role from a Marketing Assistant to a Marketing Executive, to perhaps a Controller and even a Head of Marketing one day! 16

Green Energy There seems to be no end in sight to the shortage of skilled workers to power the increasing demand for energy across the world, and the EU is no exception. The recently released “Workers wanted: The EU wind energy sector skills gap” report points to a worrying statistic — the European wind industry is facing an annual shortage of 7,000 skilled staff at present. What’s more, that figure is expected to hit 15,000 in 2030 if the industry and academia don’t take measures, the European Wind Energy Technology Platform (TPWind) says in the study – based on research by renewables consultancy GL Garrad Hassan. In 2030, the EU wind energy industry is to require almost 50,000 additional skilled workers. The majority of jobs will be in the operations and maintenance (O&M) area, which has the biggest need for trained employees. In the past 12 years, Europe has seen its wind power capacity surge from 13 GW at the start of the millennium to over 100 GW in 2012. It has been hard for skills development to keep up and the gap between skills and jobs in the renewables sector is expanding. In a survey by TPWind, 78% of the polled sector firms said they “found it difficult or very difficult to find suitably trained staff.” According to the report, there are several steps that can help improve the situation. TPWind calls for the introduction of a framework to synchronise the collaboration between the wind sector and academia. It also recommends the introduction of industry experience into training and education, as well as a stronger emphasis on O&M training. The report also points to the importance of targeted courses for people from the industry on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). If you are looking for opportunities in the Green Energy sector, click the links below

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Engineering Ashleigh Sumner, 18, is in her first year of an engineering apprenticeship with the Siemens. Based at their factory in Congleton, Cheshire, she’s working towards a BTEC Level 3 and is currently in their Research and Development department. Tell us about your engineering apprenticeship “The apprenticeship programme involves a four-year ‘rotation’ of the Siemens business. That means I get to try out lots of different roles in the company, while attending college one or two days a week. I also get the chance to work with local schools to develop and promote STEM subjects – that’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – which is really fun too. “I work in the research and development department (or ‘R&D’ as it’s known). I don’t have a specific role in the department as I’m still in my first year – instead I move around the factory on rotation, trying out different roles. “Right now I’m on a placement on the shop floor, learning about the processes that take place

in order to build Siemens products. I’m also learning the skills and techniques needed to complete the everyday tasks required when working on the shop floor.”

What are the best bits about the apprenticeship? “Getting to increase my academic knowledge while getting paid! In fact there are loads of benefits of doing an apprenticeship at Siemens. I love the fact that I spend two days a week learning the knowledge I need to become an engineer. Then I spend the rest of the week putting it into action, applying that knowledge to the tasks and activities that I’m set at Siemens. “Plus I get to experience all areas of the business. That means that instead of being pushed into just one area, I’ve got a great understanding of the whole company, the process and the procedures they use.”

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What are the people like at Siemens? “The culture at Siemens is like one big family. Everyone is so welcoming, friendly and willing to help, which is great when you’re a newcomer as otherwise it could have been intimidating. But it wasn’t at all! “Also, the rotation of placements is brilliant as you’re constantly meeting new people and building relationships – so I’ve been able to develop my personal skills too.” What A-levels did you study?

“Before I started my apprenticeship I was doing A-levels in maths, physics and product design. When everyone started writing personal statements and talking about going to uni I knew I wanted to do something different

– so I started looking at apprenticeships.”

What skills do you need to make a good Siemens apprentice? “If you enjoy engineering activities and subjects like maths and physics – plus you love doing ‘hands-on’ tasks – then you’re doing well already! At Siemens they love it if you show plenty of drive and ambition in everything you’re asked to do. Do that and you’ll definitely succeed.” What are your future plans?

“I want to go as far as I can go with my education and hopefully reach my goal of becoming a Chartered Engineer. Siemens have been very supportive. I would definitely recommend my apprenticeship. I think they are the way forward.”

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IT The IT and technology industry provides the engine for productivity and future growth across the whole of the UK economy. Careers in IT don’t just mean fixing computers anymore; technology builds the foundations for careers in customer service, web design, web development, marketing and communications.

TOP 5 TECHNICAL SKILLS 1. Enterprise Security Threats evolve faster than most organisations can cope or deal with these days – it can be difficult to implement an effective security model and tedious to keep it current, but its essential to protect business data from malicious activity. Knowledge of analytics, automation, system integration and current threats are essential. 2. Monitoring

With so many organisations reliant on computer networks, the monitoring of these networks becomes a critical function for any business. This work may involve monitoring software logs, reports and activity reports – it’s all about early diagnosis of problems. 3. Virtualisation

With pressures on business to cut costs and reduce carbon emissions through lower utility bills, and with everything going virtual it’s critical that a business can find a solution to server and network virtualisation going forwards. 4. Cloud Management

With many companies embracing public and private cloud solutions, the skills needed to design, develop and manage future Cloud systems are genuine future skills. 5. Access Control

This is a fundamental networking requirement for most businesses and its becoming more complicated with the Bring Your Own Device and Work from Home trends increasing.

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Life Science shows entry levels and progression routes for over 200 roles, with industry standard job descriptions, case studies and salary levels. The new site is a development of Cogent’s existing careers site but with a new database-driven list of roles that will grow as more sectors and businesses provide information.

Users, advisers or parents can explore routes into great careers through apprenticeships, higher apprenticeships and graduate opportunities. And for existing employees there are opportunities for career progression through new skills and continuous professional development. The site allows you to search, filter, and build a career path and print reports. Cogent hopes to work with the Career Development Institute to run workshops with careers professionals to help them understand, navigate the breadth of STEM career opportunities and become more closely involved with our planned Science Industry Partnership (www.

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LifeSkills created with Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in Sign-Up for free resources and workshops that work best for you and the UK. follow the LifeSkills lesson plans to prepare your students for work experience opportunities.

“ LifeSkills National Careers Week is a fantastic opportunity for us to

support young people in their journey into the world of work. We encourage teachers and students to get involved in the week and use LifeSkills resources to support them. Teachers can download lessons and quick activities and also book work experience from our website.� Kirstie Mackey, Head of LifeSkills at Barclays 22


Young people are one of the UK’s greatest sources of innovation and productivity and a vital pool of talent for UK businesses. So, how can we help them to develop more of the employability skills that those businesses are really looking for in entry level recruits?

are unable to handle clients, customers and suppliers. Appropriate work behaviour is also a concern, with two in four (43%) worried about them using their mobile phone while at work or taking long breaks, and nearly half (41%) worry they lack time management skills.

It does seem that many ambitious and hardworking young people are struggling to prove their potential as businesses shy away from employing them straight from school because they believe they do not have the basic work skills required for the roles.

LifeSkills created with Barclays was launched last year to provide teachers with the resources they need to help equip young people with not only the skills needed to make the move into the world of work but also provide easier access to valuable work experience opportunities both at Barclays and other businesses across the UK.

Latest figures from the LifeSkills Youth Barometer show that more than half (55%) of SME HR decision makers feel that young people lack relationship skills and

Teachers can access, free of charge, nonbranded lesson

plans, workshops and resources aimed at 11-19 year olds across three core modules: • Work Skills including interview skills, CV writing and information on choosing a career.

people at

Barclays also has over 10,000 LifeSkills volunteers available to visit schools to help deliver workshops.

• People Skills including interpersonal skills, self-confidence, communication, self-awareness and personal presentation skills.

Once a student completes the LifeSkills modules, schools will be able to unlock the work experience matching portal. This will allow teachers to match pupils to local work experience opportunities.

• Money Skills providing financial know-how which includes managing a budget, calculating percentages and understanding how lending works.

LifeSkills forms part of Barclays longterm commitment to improving the skills of the next generation to help them achieve a secure and successful future.

The resources can be downloaded and delivered in school by teachers or accessed directly by young

On the following pages are some examples of the exciting content available to teachers and students through LifeSkills. Why not use some of this to support National Careers Week in your school.


Writing your CV


In this section, students are encouraged to develop their CV and understand that your CV (or curriculum vitae) exists simply to get you to an interview, where you can speak for yourself. So it needs to work hard on your behalf, sell your skills to your potential employer, and stand out from everyone else’s. Use this section to help prepare your students for interviews and give them a chance to practise online. Explore this content: Play The Boss Bosses are very busy people. They won’t have long to look at a CV before deciding if it should be put forward for the job. So you need to make sure your CV stands out for the right reasons.

CV Builder A standout CV will ensure time-poor employers take notice. Use the CV Builder to create a CV that gets to the top of the pile when you start applying for jobs.

Top tips for a tailored CV Your best chance of getting through to interviews is by using the job ad to focus your CV.

How to review your CV Picture your CV sitting in a pile with lots of others. While you can’t physically put it on the top, there are a few things you can do that will give it a better chance of getting there.

Your language choices

Remember that your CV is all about selling yourself. So it helps to be positive, confident and assertive. You can achieve all of these things through the language you use.

Filling out application forms More and more companies are asking people to fill in applications forms online, rather than send in CVs. It’s a way of immediately getting relevant, detailed information, so that only the people who complete the form well will get through to interview.


Understanding Job Ads


Job ads are the most obvious way to find out about opportunities that might suit you. They can also help you decide whether the vacancy is right for you, and give you the information you need for a strong application. Support your students with these confidence building tips. Explore this content: Job Quiz Understanding what an employer is looking for can help you tailor your CV and covering letter for your job application.

Understanding job ad jargon You’ll probably come across the same phrases over and over again in job ads. Some of them will be about the ideal candidate, and you can use these to tailor your CV. Some will be about the job. Together, they can help you decide whether you want to apply for the job or not.

Tips for submitting a great application Taking the time to think about all the different elements that go into a job ad can help you prepare a strong, competitive application. Here are a few questions to ask yourself.

Writing a cover letter So you’ve found a job you want to apply for, and you’ve filled in the application form or tailored your CV. All you need to do is send it. That’s where a cover letter comes in. Here’s your chance to communicate directly, and personally, with your potential new employer. And, for that reason, it’s important to get it right.

“The content is great. I think the bite sized approach really works so that students can complete certain sections as they go along. I really liked the range of activities – some reading, some videos, some activities etc. The range of information provided is excellent and I think it will help with getting students to really think about what the world of work is about”. Belinda Jones, Careers Consultant, Harris Federation


Preparing for an Interview


Interviews can be scary. But if you spend time preparing beforehand, you’ll give yourself the best chance of creating a good impression, and getting that job. Use this section to help prepare your students for interviews and give them a chance to practise online. Explore this content: Mock Interview Sharpen your interview skills with a mock interview and discover the top tips that will help you get the job.

Top tips for getting ready Top five tips for getting ready: get the details; research the company; practise questions and answers; plan the day; give yourself the best start.

Do you have any questions? Remember that interviews are for you too. You want to know that the job and the company will be right for you. So when your interviewer asks if you have any questions, make the most of it. Which of these things might you want to know more about?

What employers are looking for A little while ago over a thousand employers were surveyed to find out what skills they looked for in recent school leavers. Five really stood out. You can use your application and interview to show that you’re skilled up.

What to wear Dressing the part for your interview means you could stand a better chance of getting the job. Here are a few handy tips to getting it right.


“Logging in and registering was easy and the layout and format is both pupil and staff friendly. It is a package for staff, parents, pupils to use and I am confident that this would support them in their work. The work experience opportunities are fantastic. The videos and career interviews are just what we have been looking for.” Kali Basi , Assistant Head Teacher, Broadway School, Birmingham

Building Your Confidence


The key to confidence is trusting yourself to do your best in challenging situations like an interview, performing on stage or speaking up in class. It’s something most people have to work on at some point in their lives. And there are plenty of things you can do to improve yours. Support your students with these confidence building tips. Explore this content: Building self-confidence Self-confidence is important when you’re looking for a job. You need to believe in yourself to be able to sell yourself to employers. Get some inspiration from the gallery and boost your confidence.

Learning from athletes Think of your favourite athlete. What do you associate with them – their performance in front of a huge crowd, a world record, a medal? That achievement is based on training, a lot of which will be mental, as well as physical. They work on building confidence so that they can keep ‘going for gold’ even when things get difficult.

Tips for becoming more assertive What are five top tips for becoming more assertive? Practise, practise, practise; watch and learn; emphasise the positives; challenge yourself; learn as you go.

Acting the part You can make small changes to your body language that will help you appear confident to other people, even if you don’t feel it. And it’s been proved that if you start off faking it, you will actually begin to feel more confident.

Stress busters A little bit of stress before a big event can help your mind and body perform at their best. But sometimes stress works against you, making you feel tired, worried and bad tempered. If that sounds familiar, why not try making these changes?


THURSDAY Pathways Virgin Media

“ In a digital world that provides us with so much choice at the click of a mouse it is important not just to search careers advice but to actually find answers. That’s why Virgin Media are proud to support LifeSkills National Careers week 2014. As a provider of career pathways from work experience, internships, graduate scheme and Traineeships through to our award winning apprenticeship program we believe that the investment in our people will continue to drive our business forward. It’s important to celebrate the fact that we are all different and acknowledge that there is not just one right way to start your career but that it is

more important to find the right way for you.


Careers link: Virgin Media provides broadband, TV, mobile and home phone services to some of the happiest customers in the UK. We believe in fantastic products and amazing service – all provided by great people. And that’s where you come in. We want all of our people to love their work, to feel valued and be inspired. So what does that mean for you? Plenty. The freedom to do more for customers. The time to take care of the fine details. The scope to think of new and better ways to do things. The room to balance work with the rest of your life. The perfect place to build a career. And that’s just for starters. Great people doing great work deserve great benefits. That’s why we give our people the recognition and rewards they deserve for the hard work they do. So join us and you’ll enjoy a variety of benefits, including a generous holiday allowance, contributory pension scheme and, of course, discounts on mobile, broadband and cable services.


Apprenticeships and Jobs with Training

In England, if you’re currently year 11 or lower, you’ll have to stay in some form of education or training until you turn 18, this doesn’t have to mean only staying in school or going to college to do a course, it can be: • An apprenticeship • Part-time education or training (as well as being employed, selfemployed or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week) So this means that if you manage to get a job with training or an apprenticeship you don’t need to stay on in school or college Myths about apprenticeships 1. If you do an apprenticeship you can’t go to university you can, a L3 NVQ has the same weight as A Levels when applying fo a place on a degree programme. 2. Its slave labour – no it’s not, think of it this way, they’re providing you with skills that enable you to get a good job, you pay for that at university. PLUS they pay you a minimum rate per hour. 3. They’re only for plumbers and builders. There are huge numbers of apprenticeships in lots of different fields look at the government apprentice website 4. Opportunities are scarce They can be, in certain types of apprenticeship, you can find out what is available and how to apply at


There are ways of improving your chances in the face of competition: • If your school offers work experience – make the most of it, a good reference from your placement counts for a lot, even if it isn’t for the type of apprenticeship you’re applying for. • Get a good reference from school, that means working hard and cooperating with teachers • Get good attendance and timekeeping stats • Use opportunities within school to build your employability skills for example working in a team, dealing with responsibility etc. – This shows that you’re more employable. Remember, the other applicants want that apprenticeship as much or more than you do, they’ll be showing themselves in the best light they can to try and get it. Don’t assume that the employer will know you’re good at something or have good timekeeping

Apprenticeship Video Case Study: National Apprenticeship Link:


Graduate Opportunities Are you already at university? Well make sure that you make use of your university careers service. All universities have one. They are there to help you with: • Advice & guidance, often 1-2-1 or small group sessions to help you make sense of your situation • Help to find & gain a job either whilst still at uni or postgraduation • Resources – information, self-help materials, journals etc. • To help you become more employable – Employability is a group of skills that are used in most or many jobs. Being able to display and signpost good employability skills helps you to become a more attractive candidate for employment. Your university careers service will offer many resources and activities which will help you effectively signpost and improve these skills and communicate them to prospective employers: • To know what your university graduates do, the information collected by your uni careers department will give you a good idea of what types of jobs and employer’s people with your degree are able to thrive in. • To help you organise work experience & internships. There were frightening headlines in the news over the last year about the number of graduates who were unable to find jobs after their degrees, or were working in jobs that didn’t need the degree they had. So having a clear idea of what the job market for people with the kind of degree you have is very important. Details of employment statistics can be found here Still thinking about what to do post 18? You don’t always need to rack build up a huge student loan debt to go to uni There are numbers of companies that are willing to sponsor degree from the Armed Forces to Nestlé via Price Waterhouse Coopers. Go to search for websites like www. or sponsored-degrees-uk (This isn’t a complete list, please make sure you research all your local options.) 32

Employability skills can be categorised under the following headings: • Working as part of a team • Communicating clearly with co-workers and clients • Critical & analytical thinking • Problem solving ability • Commercial or business awareness • Self-management & motivation

Do people really want a career? When you’re starting out in life, if you’re unsure or unsettled, then the thought of getting a career must feel like leaping the Grand Canyon: “Right now I just need a job.” “I’m not ready to settle down and do one thing forever.” “Aren’t I supposed to have a portfolio career?” “I don’t know what I’m doing, where I’m heading, how I’m starting.” are just some of the opening lines we hear when working with school-leavers and graduates. What you need is some clarity about your options. The problem is, you’re always being asked the same question, “What do you want to do?”. It’s not the most helpful question because so many people just don’t know the answer. We start from a completely different place. We think if you’re going to be asked questions then at least have questions that you can answer and learn something in the process. So, at Eyes Wide Opened, we start with these: “Who am I, what do I stand for, and what’s important to me?” You do have the answers inside you, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Sometimes they just need to be teased out with thought-provoking exercises and some astute coaching. Once you have the answers, you’re in a much better position to start making some decisions. You’ll probably spend at least 10,000 days of your life working (yes, that’s right, do the maths yourself!). And whether this hefty chunk of time becomes a) a sacrifice necessary to fund your real life, or b) a fulfilling, enjoyable part of life, depends on the choices you make now. Too many unhappy adults are realising 20 years in that they’re not doing what they like… The better you know yourself, the better you’ll be able to seek and choose paths and opportunities that make you tick and have you bouncing out of bed each morning. So, what’s the question you need to ask yourself right now? By Alastair Creamer, co-founder of Eyes Wide Opened

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Internships and Work Experience The benefits of internships With competition for professional jobs on the rise opportunities to increase employability should be hot on your agenda. According to a 2013 study by High Fliers Research 4 in 10 graduate positions in 2014 will be reserved for those with previous experience. With that in mind here are 9 reasons why completing an internship could be key to your career success. Test drive your career path Without experience you can only imagine what it might be like to work in your chosen field. Internships offer the ideal opportunity to see what it’s really like and help you decide whether it’s right for you! Earn while you learn Get paid whilst gaining experience; who can say fairer than that? Increasingly universities are refusing to advertise unpaid internships so be sure to check out what’s advertised through your university careers centre. Gain practical experience Practical, real world experience is highly attractive to future employers. The statistics show that employers are looking for employees who can hit the ground running. Interning will help you put what you’ve studied to use in a business setting consolidating your learning. Prove that you can take on responsibility A good internship might give you the opportunity to take responsibility for a project/s. This will give you the evidence that you’ll need to show the effect that you’ve had in a business setting, a sure winner for your first job applications.


Develop interpersonal skills Corporate environments can be tricky and navigating the twists and turns of office politics can be the make or break of your career. An internship can help you develop the interpersonal skills that you’ll need to fit in and become a productive member of the team. Find out about hot topics in your sector Being on the ‘office floor’ will enable you to keep your ear to the ground and learn about new developments in your sector. What’s going to be the next big product? What new technology is going to change the face of your industry? Build up contacts Interning is the easiest way to build up a good network of contacts in the early stages of your career. Be sure to meet as many people within the organisation as possible by getting involved in projects and even extra-curricular activities, the results will be worth it! It could lead directly to a job To employers internships aren’t just a way to get cheaper labour, they’re a great way to test drive and mould future employees. Play your cards right and an internship can often lead to a direct offer of employment. Increase your employability Whether your internship leads directly to a job or not, it will give you a substantial head start over other candidates. Keep in touch with the manager from your internship and you’ll have a great reference to impress future employers with. The question you need to ask yourself is; if an opportunity for an internship arises, can you afford not to take it?

Article by Leo Woodhead, @thecareersblog


What’s the difference between an internship & work experience? An internship is a period of paid, or sadly sometimes unpaid, work experience between 1 and 4 months, usually taking place over the summer holidays and usually undertaken by somebody studying at university. Work Experience is usually a short period of days or weeks spent with an organisation finding out about how they work. Often applies to pupils on GCSE or A level standard courses. However, this terminology isn’t set in stone and often people use the terms interchangeably. Work Experience at School Many schools offer work experience in year 10/11 or in 6th form; this is a wonderful opportunity for you to gain understanding of what the real working world is like. Putting effort into making this the best it can be for you will reap rewards in the long run. Talk to your school head of careers or careers adviser, they’ll be thrilled you’re taking it so seriously. Five reasons why work experience is a great idea 1. All work experience can be positive. You might say “Working in a shop or school won’t help me become a (insert your dream job here)” – Yes it will, you’ll learn about employability skills, understand how real life works and get a reference to add to your CV. 2. You might find your dream job isn’t as dreamy as you thought it might be. You then haven’t wasted years studying for it. (Equally, you could find it’s even better than you thought) 3. It will help you identify and develop your own skills, and show you what things you need to work on to become more employable 4. You build up contacts, people who may be able to help you with your journey from school to employment. 5. You might just bag a job.


After School If you plan to go into an apprenticeship or a job with training, you won’t have to worry too much, it will be taken care of as part of the scheme. However, if you’re taking the academic route you need to consider how you will get the workplace experience that you need. Most employers agree that graduates without any experience of the workplace are far less employable than those with. Thus, it’s often a good idea to consider where and how you will get this experience early on in your career planning. Going through UCAS When choosing your degree, one thing to consider is that some types can offer workplace experience as part of your course. They are often called sandwich degrees UCAS explains the type of degrees here If you opt for a degree without any form of placement you will have to be proactive gaining your own internship or work experience. If you’ve already started your degree There are a number of places you can go for help. Your university careers department is your first stop, but there are a number of websites that may be worth investigating (This isn’t a complete list, please make sure you research all your local options.)

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Internships Are you a Graduate? Unemployed? Why not take an Internship?

Like several other thousands in the country, I was an unemployed graduate in 2012. I had some amazing work placements with two established television broadcasting companies, however never managed to land something permanent. I used my time though to work on improving my skills by researching into different roles within the media industry (having studied Film & TV Production at university). I listened to my parents and applied for Job Seeker’s Allowance. I never knew from that point onwards that I would be where I am today. When going to my JCP appointment every fortnight, I was required to show evidence of my applications to potential employers. My adviser noticed that I was applying in a very specific field, which was my failure in landing any interview. With not much experience in the broadcasting industry, I took on the advice from my adviser to start broadening my search in potential careers. So I was looking jobs in the media industry; broadcasting, researching, marketing and social media. All areas I felt I have enough knowledge and competence to carry out. I applied for a 10 week internship at a small local company, with the job


description stating a “Key involvement in producing an engaging Social Media presence and assisting on marketing campaigns”. One thing I didn’t know is that this company runs Careersbox and National Careers Week.

Those 10 weeks were the most important weeks of my life. Being 24 at the time, I wanted to prove myself as a key part of the company and can work well with the team, both socially and professionally. Each task I was given, I asked questions to reassure what I was about to produce was correct, I always proofed my work before submitting and set up my own schedule for keeping track of deadlines. Even though it seemed like common sense, I had to ensure I kept to my word and produced content/ resources/projects that not only was accurate, but also impressed those above around me. After all this was my first proper job since graduating. The 10 weeks flew past. I saw my content published online and sent out to thousands for the National Careers Week 2013 campaign. The work that I produced for a national event really gave me a new belief in confidence.

14 months on from starting as an intern, I am now the Digital Marketing and

@sldouglas88 Social Media Manager for Careersbox and the LifeSkills National Careers Week 2014 campaign. The company has invested in me by paying for evening courses to help in the areas I wanted to improve and have given me my own responsibilities on major projects, for example, this very guide you’re reading from now.

To those who are about to finish their education or are unemployed seeking work: don’t ignore or be afraid of applying for an internship. Broaden your options; don’t be specific as to what you want to do, look at alternatives that can play a key part of your future career. Think of it as taking your first steps in to the professional world of work. It takes time, patience and commitment.

Once you have accepted that there are other paths to get to where you want to be, you can build on your future whilst being employed by a company that trusts and invests in you.

Article by Samuel Douglas, Digital Marketing & Social Media Manager

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Enterprise More and more young people are choosing to work for themselves. OK it may not be something you’d want to do at 16 or 18 but just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t run your own business. Many start with a part time business or an idea and work from there. You don’t necessarily have to be rich or have a business degree to start your own business but you really should have: • Passion and ambition – Do you really, really want to work for yourself? Will you be able to eat, sleep and live your business above your social life or other interests? • Focus and determination – Can you ignore other distractions? Will you go the extra mile to make it work? • Creativity – I don’t mean being an artist. It’s more about imagination as to how you can make yourself stand out from competitors, or do things differently. • Hard work – you have to be prepared to work long hours • Leadership skills – can you motivate others to share your passion and follow your lead? There are a lot of good managers, but it is a real skill to be able to excite people. And that goes for customers as well as staff • Be able to put yourself in the place of the customer –If you don’t understand what they really want, you won’t be able to make a real go of your business.

There are a number of organisations and websites that can help you, such as: 40 What will your idea start… Enterprise Lab™ is a dynamic and disruptive agency set up to bridge the gap between Education, Employment and Enterprise. We create enterprise opportunities, real-life experiences & problem solving scenarios that empower young people to create economic opportunities for themselves. Enhancing Employability, Encouraging Enterprise and the belief that Enterprise is nothing more than a mind-set we aim to create more employability opportunities and support those aspiring to start their own businesses. Ideation 2 Creation is all about the power of ideas and how you can turn a passion or the seedling of an idea into something great - whether that is a business, social enterprise, community project or something that you think can improve your experience at the college.

Monday 18th November & Tuesday 19th November 100 students, 2 days, 16 pitches Guest post by Naomi Timperley, Director of Enterprise Lab - ‘a disruptive agency’ bridging the gap between education, employment and enterprise. Naomi is also Director of Social Media Boom and 4hub which is a social enterprise consultancy that works across the private and social sectors. A business mentor for Salford University & UCLAN. Entrepreneurs are those who will be at the forefront of the economic recovery. These are men and women who have found a niche or a specific need among the population and identified a way to provide that service. Entrepreneurialism is more than just setting up a business. It is about having an idea, seeing that idea become a reality and then having the inspiration to create more ideas. Young people need to be inspired,

and to find inspiration within themselves; they need to learn self- belief and also given the know-how to turn their ideas, whatever they may be, into reality. Ideation to Creation is for anyone wanting to improve & enhance enterprise skills, start their own business or grow an existing business. Enterprise Lab which is made up of a series of successful entrepreneurs (Naomi Timperley and Ketan Makwana). It is an intense programme which takes participants through a full process of generating ideas, building on these and delivering tangible actions in response to typical challenges found both in the workplace or business environment. The programme also brings together partners in business, employment and funding programmes which aid the structure and provide an ongoing platform for participants

to personally develop their skills and enjoy real-life opportunities which are often challenging to derive.

The first rule allows us to identify what the problems are in developing an idea which is followed from the second rule of finding solutions to the problem encountered. The third rule suggests us that there are barriers which slow down or stop the process of solving the problem. Lastly, the action which needs to be taken to overcome those barriers is the most important rule as it is the action that will bring an effect to the development of an idea.

This entrepreneurial experience gives the opportunity to learn that by sharing ideas there are more chances of improvements and better business ideas and success.

Article by: Naomi Timperley, Enterprise Lab


‘Young Networking’ Increasing Chances of Success for All!


Networking - the art of making connections - is arguably one of the most important factors of taking your ability to gain employment into your own hands. The age-old phrase of “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know” is just that for a reason - it’s entirely true.!


In a social media age however, networking in person can be quite the daunting task. Being able to connect with people at the touch of a “request” or “follow” button has numbed many of us from the reality of the hand shake and the small talk involved in building trusted connections. !


An organisation growing out of the one of the most enterprising cities in the UK is aiming to change that YENA, in Bristol, is bringing non-intimidating networking, exclusively, to the young people of the UK and beyond. !


YENA - which stands for the Young Entrepreneurs Networking Association - is a social enterprise founded in 2013 by young entrepreneur Ash Phillips with the aim of directly impacting on the success of young people, by lowering youth unemployment, raising employability values and increasing start-up success rates in young business. !


Gathering once a month in a trendy cocktail bar in the centre of Bristol, up to 50 passionate, driven and innovative 15-30 year olds come together to grow their connections and increase their chances of gaining opportunities. The environment of the young team, cool atmosphere and comforting founding members keeps the nerves at bay whilst many find their feet in the first networking event they’ve ever been to. Throughout the night, speakers, including someone from within the remit, and another more experienced with age as a keynote speaker, deliver talks on their journey through life, business and more; explaining what they’ve learnt and what they advise to everyone else in the room doing the same. !


This relaxed networking format may seem simple to many but there is real reason behind it’s creation says Founder, Ash Phillips. “As an entrepreneur myself, I’ve been to many different networking events and often found I was the youngest in the room. I also found that I was often the only one near my age in the room which made me wonder if the intimidating (and stereotyped) thought of the pinstriped suited business men, talking big

figures and looking serious were putting people off attending. Or maybe they just didn’t know these events existed?” he explained, “I decided that something needed to be delivered that not only connected with young people as a brand and built trust before they decided to attend but something that also gave them a lasting impression and a network worth talking about (and to!) when they left; and so, YENA was born”. !


Since it’s formation less than 12 months ago, YENA has facilitated the exchange of business between members, the employment of some attendees with the companies of keynote speakers, and even multiple company start-up formations within the group. Facts like these mean that the members themselves are all too happy to praise the doings of the social enterprise. !


“There are other young people in the same boat, going through the same experiences.”!


“Being young in business is not always easy - especially developing networks in industries that are often dominated by a much older demographic. YENA presents not only an opportunity to network in a fresh way, but also shows that there are other young people in the same boat, going through the same experiences.” said regular attendee Jon Basker, who is now working with a company he met at YENA to produce his new website. !


Lloyd Kelsall, who actually started out as the DJ for the casual background music explains that as a result of YENA he is now launching an online music platform. He said of the group “without YENA I doubt I’d be anywhere near where I am now. I like how it’s more casual than other networking events, there’s no pressure to bring referrals. I think it helps being relaxed, especially as for people like me this is their first venture and just the support from some one who likes what you’re doing, even if they can’t help you in a business sense, helps to give you confidence and push your idea forward.”!


“Hearing about the mistakes of others is the best way to learn.”!


Even already very successful young entrepreneurs such as Fraser Doherty of Superjam are verbal ambassadors of the group. He says “YENA is a great platform for young entrepreneurs to meet each other. Sharing experience and hearing about the mistakes of others is the best way to learn.”!


YENA has no plans to stop where it is though - the ambition of it’s founder has seen it concrete plans to launch a London event in April and a Cardiff event shortly after. This group is determined to lead this generation to be considered the most successful ever and it’s already making moves in achieving that. !


For more information check out and follow YENA’s ever active social media presence on Twitter (@YoungNetworking) and Facebook (


Should I start my own business? What does it take to start your own business? Why you should start your own business? Apprentice star Saira Khan give 10 reasons why you should start your own business?


FRIDAY Career Resources NHS Careers

“ Did you know there are over 350 different careers on offer in the NHS? The NHS needs everyone from doctors, nurses and midwives to healthcare scientists, IT staff, gardeners, physiotherapists and secretaries, so there really is something for everyone. The NHS offers training through apprenticeships, degree courses and vocational qualifications, so whether your students and clients are just starting out or looking for a career change, NHS Careers has resources to help


them make those important decisions.


NHS Careers is the information service for anyone interested in a career in healthcare in England. It consists of a website, telephone helpline and a variety of resources to help school students, teachers and careers advisers with careers planning. The resources include useful facts and figures, an annual schools competition, and ‘Real life, your life’ teaching resources to help students prepare for the world of work.


Job Profiles, Skills & Training an approved full-time course in paramedic science at university. You’ll also need a full, manual driving licence with the appropriate classifications. To practise as a paramedic, you must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) by completing an approved programme or course in Paramedic Science.

Job Profiles Below are just some examples of the roles available in healthcare. For information about other roles, please visit the NHS Careers website at www.

Paramedic Job Profile Paramedics play a vital role in emergency care and patient transport services provided by the NHS. It is a career that is both rewarding and challenging. Paramedics are usually the most senior healthcare professional at an accident or a medical emergency and work on their own or with other members of the ambulance team. They assess patients at the scene and provide essential treatment,


including administering oxygen and drugs and using equipment, such as defibrillators. Some paramedics may work on their own, using a motorbike, emergency response car or even a bicycle to reach patients. With extra training, paramedics can also become members of an air ambulance crew. You may also be interested in learning more about some of the other roles available in the ambulance service, such as emergency care assistants, emergency call handlers or patient transport drivers. Skills & Training To work as a paramedic, you will need to secure either a student paramedic position with an ambulance service trust, or attend

Careers advice: Health Education England recently announced a 30 per cent increase in the number of Paramedic Science training places in 2014/15. To find out more about becoming a paramedic, contact NHS Careers on 0345 60 60 655 or email advice@ Jobs & Opportunities

adult patients of all ages, with a range of health conditions, nurses working in this area need to be able to juggle numerous priorities and demands on their time. Adult nurses are trained to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for individual patients. They also have close contact with patients and their families, so it’s important to have a caring and compassionate disposition. Adult nurses are based in hospitals or in the community and work in busy, multidisciplinary teams. A willingness to take responsibility for a patient’s wellbeing is essential, as is a commitment to continuing learning throughout your career, to improve your skills and knowledge.

All paramedic and student paramedic positions are advertised by individual ambulance trusts on the NHS Jobs website at

You may also be interested in learning about the other branches of nursing, including children’s nursing, learning disabilities nursing or mental health nursing.

Adult nurse

Skills and training

Job Profile

All future nurses will need to demonstrate the right values and behaviours expected of all healthcare staff. These values are defined by the 6Cs: care; compassion;

A career in adult nursing offers a chance to make a real difference to people’s lives. Working with

general maintenance responsibilities. You may also be inter ested in learning about some of the other roles in the wider healthcare team, including drivers, receptionists or security staff. Skills & Training

competence; communication; courage; commitment. To find out more about the 6Cs, visit www. nursingskills.

To find out more about becoming an adult nurse, contact NHS Careers on 0345 60 60 655 or email advice@ Jobs & Opportunities

To qualify as a nurse, you will need to undertake a degree at university, involving a mix of theory and practical experience. Once you’ve successfully completed your degree and registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you can apply for nursing jobs. With experience, you can look to develop your career, which may mean further study or training.

All adult nursing positions are advertised by NHS trusts on the NHS Jobs website at

Careers Advice Health Education England recently announced a 9 per cent increase in the number of adult nursing training places in 2014/15.

Porter Job Profile Porters play a vital role throughout NHS hospitals. They move patients, many of whom are frail and very ill, between different departments and wards in safety and comfort. Porters also transport complex and valuable equipment that may need expert handling around buildings. Some porter roles may also be combined with

There are no qualification requirements specified for porters, however, you must be physically fit and able to cope with lifting patients and walking around the hospital. For those porters working on larger sites, a driving licence may be required. While there is no formal training porters are required to undertake, most will have an induction course when starting in their position. This covers general information about the hospital, Health and Safety policies and manual handling techniques. Further training is then often given on the job, as required.

on 0345 60 60 655 or email advice@ Jobs & Opportunities All porter positions are advertised by NHS trusts on the NHS Jobs website at You can find more information about the 350 plus careers available in healthcare on the NHS Careers website at www. There are also resources available for teachers, to help with careers guidance and lessons, as well as booklets on the different careers areas available in healthcare. These are available for order or can be downloaded from the NHS Careers website. If you have a query about your career and would like to speak to someone at NHS Careers, phone us on 0345 60 60 655 or email advice@

Careers Advice To find out more about becoming a porter, contact NHS Careers

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Find out about the opportunities that are right for you. You might want to make a new start, or just change where you are at the moment. • Planning your career Most great things begin with a plan. Your career should be no different. A plan will give you something to work towards. It’ll also help you make the most of the opportunities that come your way. default.aspx • Courses and learning Are you looking for a job? Planning a career change? Or just wanting to learn something new? Getting new skills and qualifications can help you get more out of work, and life! There are lots of courses out there. default.aspx • Getting a job They say that looking for a job is a job in itself. There are certainly lots of different ways to look for work these days. Check out our ‘Get a Job’ section to make sure you’re using all the latest methods. default.aspx • Apprenticeships Have you thought about starting an Apprenticeship? You get paid to learn and get new skills. You’d also work towards a qualification that enables you to progress in your career. Apprenticeships are the gold standard for work-based learning. typesoflearning/Pages/apprenticeships.aspx


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Final Words

It has always been our intention to give the UK a reason to celebrate great Careers resources – we believe better informed young people will make better decisions about their future. It has been a really tough time for Careers provision over the last few years and this is everyone’s opportunity to make a really positive difference for many. So, help boost employment opportunities for others where you can – everyone needs help and here is your chance to change lives for the better. This is only the start. Nick Newman Founder Careersbox Follow NCW2014 on Twitter @CareersWeek @newmanswords


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LifeSkills National Careers Week 2014 The Official Guide  

LifeSkills National Careers Week Official Guide covering careers choices for apprentices, graduates and adults.

LifeSkills National Careers Week 2014 The Official Guide  

LifeSkills National Careers Week Official Guide covering careers choices for apprentices, graduates and adults.