Are you on course for your high school diploma and university place when you open your grades next Thursday?
Or are you looking for an alternative to further training by starting your career directly?
While official figures from the University and College Admissions Service UCAS show that 44 percent of 18-year-olds have applied to college courses this year, there are plenty of other opportunities.
The cost of living crisis is causing nine out of ten college students to reconsider which path to take. Here are some of the possibilities. . .
- ENTRY JOBS: Start at the bottom and work your way up. Industries such as leisure and hospitality, retail, travel and logistics all have job openings for A-Level graduates. Search for it at findajob.dwp.gov.uk or apply directly to companies.
- TRAINING: This traditional path is experiencing a major revival with over 500 different job descriptions. Earn professional qualifications in your chosen field and earn as you learn. Visit apprenticeships.gov.uk.
- COMPLETION OF EDUCATION: Many professional employers such as accountants, lawyers, finance and IT firms offer specialist programs for school leavers aged 18 and over. You get a degree, but need good grades to apply. See multiverse.io.
- HIGHER TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: HTQs are Level 4 or 5 qualifications, like HNDs and Diploma HEs, recognized by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. Search this link: rb.gy/bdfqlb.
- UNIVERSITY: Everyone sets their own entry requirements, but you need a high school diploma or equivalent. You can use the clearing process to change courses or apply to another university. See ucas.com.
Whether you’re going to college or waiting to start your career, microtasking apps can help you gain work experience and make extra money. Unigigster.com matches businesses with local students.
Founder Chirag Basavaraj says, “It gives business owners access to a potential Gig workforce of over 2.3 million and bypasses more traditional and expensive hiring processes.”
Similarly, Redwigwam.com has thousands of summer jobs for high school seniors.
CEO Lorna Davidson says: “We have a lot of flexible workspaces for students this summer and they can mix and match the way they do. We pay fast and it’s a great opportunity to build their CV with a variety of experiences.”
Be good in a crisis
With over a million current job vacancies in the UK, school leavers are being pushed to focus on shortage sectors.
Jennifer Johansson, CEO of recruitment platform Placed App, believes new school leavers can help ease the country’s ongoing workforce crisis.
She says: “As some sectors struggle to attract the right talent, you have an opportunity to make them an offer.
Show your willingness to learn and you could become a valued understudy to someone who really needs more hands on deck.
Look at areas where you might have a career and are struggling to hire new employees.
In such cases it can be easier to negotiate higher wages, especially once you have gained experience and reputation.”
“Climbed Career Ladder”
Sophie Hutson started working as a pot washer at Travelodge in 2009 while attending high school.
After dropping out of college, she returned to Travelodge as a receptionist.
She has now worked her way up to Hotel Manager at Windsor Central Travelodge.
Sophie, 29, from Staines, says: “In fact, compared to my friends who went to university, I climbed the corporate ladder much faster than they did.
“Joining Travelodge opens the door to training, coaching and career advancement.”
Travelodge has 500 jobs to offer at www.travelodge.co.uk/careers.
It’s not too late to change
Did NOT get the results you wanted but still want to go to university? Or did you do better than expected? Then find a course through clearing.
David Seaton, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Bedfordshire says: “Clearing has a reputation for being a hasty process where you make a big decision in a hurry, but it doesn’t have to be.”
Here he explains how best to use clearing. . .
BE CLEAR WHAT YOU WANT FROM UNI: Would you like to be closer to home or live in a city? Is the type of course offered the most important thing to you?
BEFORE YOU SWITCH, THINK: You might be tempted to use clearing to change universities after you get your high school diploma, especially if you did better than expected. Be careful and do your research. Would another university really be the best choice for you?
HAVE INFORMATION AT HAND: You will need your UCAS ID, a list of the courses you are interested in and the full names of the qualifications.
ASK QUESTIONS: Once you start talking to universities, the process can be very quick. Make sure you understand everything that is said to you and if you don’t, just ask.
KEEP CALM AND HAVE AN OPEN MIND: Clearing is a great opportunity to find the course of your dreams and even if you don’t get your first course there are others that are right for you. See beds.ac.uk/clearing.
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