Below is a rough guideline one may follow or consider whilst planning their career.
Even before planning out your career, its crucial to research about your field of interest. This may simply consist of you searching on google and reading blog posts about your particular interest. Remember at this stage all you need to enquire about is:
a. The profession you are working towards e.g. Midwifery
b. GCSE’s (depends on your area of study) e.g. For midwifery a maximum of 5 A-C’s are required
c. College/Sixth form education (depending on your chosen field you will manoeuvre towards that subject) e.g. For midwifery three A-levels are required; including one science (preferably biology)
d. Courses (for those who do not wish to do A-levels, majority of the colleges facilitate health and social care or other courses, its an alternative for A-levels)
e. University level (depends on your area of study) e.g. choose Midwifery at University
f. Further education (this will be postgraduate to gain masters in your field of interest)
Now that you have chosen your career path, put pen to paper and start planning. Simply, determine what stage you are at e.g. A-level, university student etc. and plan ahead for the next two years. Keeping in mind if you are currently studying A-levels you should also consider volunteering at a suitable organisation or company befitting your careers path for experience and better insight into the field. (Try sending an email to different organisations if they would be interested in having a volunteer for a few months. Make sure to request for a reference letter, you’ll need it)
Experience is the pivotal point towards ones career; this is whilst you are still studying and possibly even after completing your education. Not all graduates are hired overnight some take days, months and even years to find a suitable job. It cliche to say that companies look for employees with the best education; not really; its the experience. But I will advise you both are as important’ they go hand in hand.
Note: on how to search for volunteering jobs look at section two
4. Make your CV
This is the money maker. Employers want to know why they should appoint you for an interview rather than the hundred other CV’s spread out on their table. Remember, education, experience and your profile is key they need to be prolifically written. Employers would like to see how you best befit the job. Make sure to include all areas of our education starting from GCSE-Degree. With every new experience or course you complete, its worth writing including to your CV. Ensure to include a section about yourself, this may include you describing your hobbies, personality and abilities. The more they know about you on a professional level the better it is.
5. Apply for jobs
This is the most lengthiest procedure, it varies from person to person. However, to fasten the process, I would highly recommend joining school career fairs, University job site’s and other job seeking websites available on the market whilst studying. This will widen your scope and also chances of finding a job sooner.
Hope this helps, best of luck.
Written By Halima Khatun