Career Resources

Where do I look for support with?

Work Experience and Volunteering

Below are a few websites to help you find voluntary work or work experience, click on the links and explore the opportunities available. If there is something you fancy, apply.

You might not find anything initially, so keep looking.

Why not do a Google search of any businesses or community projects in St Helens, Knowsley or Liverpool too and send a letter or email to them?

www.vinspired.com/Teen-Volunteering
www.doit.org
https://www.haltonsthelensvca.org.uk/volunteer-centre
www.sthk.nhs.uk/fundraising/how-to-get-involved-voluntary-services

What Career I Might Want To Do

It’s tough trying to decide what career you want to do at 18 but by dedicating some time each week to research sectors, experiences and qualifications you need to build and new career opportunities that you may never have thought of before…

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/
www.sacu.co.uk
www.jobsandcareersmag.com/
https://www.ucas.com/ucas/16-18-choices/find-career-ideas/buzz-quiz
www.notgoingtouni.co.uk
https://www.getmyfirstjob.co.uk/
www.getingofar.gov.uk/
www.careerexperts.co.uk

Your Curriculum Vitae

Your curriculum vitae is the first thing any employer will see, it is your chance to make a professional first impression. Follow the advice and guidance below to create a CV that means you will be top of the pile…

https://www.cv-library.co.uk/
https://www.monster.co.uk/career-advice/article/monster-cv-template
https://www.totaljobs.com/careers-advice/cvs-and-applications/which-cv

Linkedin and Social Media Use When Applying For A Job

In this digital age, it is important to have a Linkedin account. Between 2015-7 Linkedin use has increased by 40% and 94% of employers will use Linkedin to vet a candidate before interview (www.expandedramblings.com) so if you are not on Linkedin you are putting yourself at a distinct disadvantage from the start. Follow the links below to find the best advice on how to get started with Linkedin:

https://uk.linkedin.com/
https://blog.hubspot.com/blog/…/the-ultimate-cheat-sheet-for-mastering-linkedin.aspx

Applying For Jobs

Need to find a job? Whether it be a part time job to keep you afloat through the summer, voluntary work or a full time job at 18, take a look at the websites below:

www.indeed.co.uk
www.monster.co.uk
www.fish4.co.uk
https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/jobs-careers/
www.liverpool.gov.uk/jobs-and-training/
https://jobs.theguardian.com/

Job Interviews

Job interviews are probably the most nerve wracking part of any application process so you need to be fully prepared. Consider not only the questions that you may be asked but also how you will come across in terms of dress, body language and first impressions. Use the links below to get the best advice on how to prepare for a successful interview:

https://www.monster.co.uk/career-advice/article/interview-tips
https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/get-a-job/interview-advice
https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/interview-tips
https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/interview-techniques/job-interview-tips/

UCAS and University Applications

With over 395 higher education providers and 50,000 courses, choosing the right university and the right course for you can seem a daunting task. However, with the links below, you can quickly and easily search and compare universities before heading to their home page to read more. And don’t forget the main site itself – UCAS.com – as well as being the place to apply, the site is packed with information and advice about higher education and apprenticeships.

www.unifrog.org
https://www.ucas.com/
https://university.which.co.uk/
https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/
https://www.theguardian.com/education/ng-interactive/2017/may/16/university-league-tables-2018
www.hefce.ac.uk/tefoutcomes/

The Armed Forces

Are you physically fit? Up for a challenge? Do you want to be paid whilst seeing the world, receiving world class training and qualifications? Then the armed forces might be for you. Have a look at the individual armed forces websites below:

https://www.army.mod.uk/
https://www.raf.mod.uk/
https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/

Enterprise and Business Support

Have you got the next big idea? Fancy working for yourself? Have you got the skills to run your own business?

Of course, you do not have to go into a job, apprenticeship or course when you leave 6th form, if you want to strike it out alone, then the website links below are a good start.

Click on them and read the advice thoroughly, then book an appointment at St Helen’s Chamber to help you get your start up off the ground:

https://www.sthelenschamber.com/about/what-we-do/enterprise
https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/help-for-young-people/support-starting-business
www.greatbusiness.gov.uk/where-to-get-start-up-advice/
https://www.startuploans.co.uk/business-advice/get-small-business-government-grant/