Karen Barlow is our Careers Lead at GFT and every month she will be writing a short blog post that aims to provide impartial information, advice and guidance to young people looking for support with their next steps. This month, Karen has focused on the topics of Careers Fairs and Online Resources.
I attend a lot of careers fairs around different schools and public events throughout Birmingham, I feel that students can gain a lot of knowledge from talking to different providers and what options are available to them post 16. Students can find out information regarding apprenticeships, college courses, college open days, voluntary work, and what grades are needed for each college course and apprenticeship.
Careers events can also help with preparing for GCSE’s too. It is vital that students gain as much knowledge as possible, so they can give themselves lots of options ready for September. Remember... always have a Plan B!
Online Tools and Resources
If students are unsure on what they want to do, that’s fine. There are lots of tools online which can help, such as personality tests, but ensure these are career related. We recommend using the National Careers Service - Skills Assessment, this can generate a report all about likes, dislikes, strengths and weakness and will give job roles suited to your personality. The 16 Personality Types Test is also a great tool.
Once there is more of an idea regarding career choices, students can go to Prospects - Job Profiles, this is a great site to get started as it has lots of detailed information regarding different career sectors such as salary, hours, duties, job prospects and grades required.
Looking for further support? Our team have put together a Careers Hub to help you find more information and support regarding careers. Click here to visit the GFT Careers Hub!