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9/12/2016 7:03:28 PM

I've passed my exams, what next?

It's not easy being a teenager, and the part of your life between the ages of 15 and 18 is one of the most stressful you will ever encounter, with exams that actually matter for your future coming thick and fast, on a range of subjects you might not even have an interest in.

Whether you've just received your GCSE results or your A-Levels, it's normal to have your doubts about what to do next - and that's still true, even if you passed everything you needed.

Following this year's GCSE results, apprenticeship site GetMyFirstJob found that 98% of young people were dissatisfied with the careers advice they received at school - which still often only covers the basics like wearing a suit for your interview and 'being confident'.

Almost as many - 92% of the 1,000 17 to 24-year-olds surveyed - said they felt exam results were prioritised over careers advice, and 83% felt unprepared to enter the world of work either via a job or an apprenticeship.

If you feel this way, you are not alone - quite the opposite.

So what next?

First of all, you are in control. It's your career, and it has to get you through the next 50 years of your life, so don't be afraid to be bold.

Assuming you've passed your exams well enough to keep all the doors open, your options include:
  • Apprenticeships - combining jobs with vocational training, and an opportunity to earn while you learn, although vacancies may be limited.
  • Further/Higher Education - the academic route, still the expected process for many subjects, although you will likely be left with a substantial student debt.
  • Work Experience/Internships - historically unpaid temporary positions, although paid opportunities are increasingly becoming available, with the prospect of a permanent role at the end.
  • Recruitment Agencies - agencies like Supertemps are not just for people looking to leave an existing job, or for headhunting executives; we can help you find your first job, or understand how to start looking with more confidence.
It's worth remembering that a university degree is still a sought-after qualification by employers, so if you are interested in a traditionally academic career path, this could be your best option.

But school careers advice often misses the alternative routes, such as apprenticeships for vocational learning - ideal if you want to move into a skilled trade of any kind - or the option of just going into an internship and learning as you work.

Even more importantly, university might not mean you end up earning more - start working straight from your GCSEs and you'll have at least a five-year head start over graduates of your age group, which is often long enough to overtake any difference in starting salary.

Supertemps can help

Young people are often neglected in the world of work - employers expect qualifications that take years to achieve, or on-the-job experience that nobody has when seeking their first job, and so on.

At Supertemps we don't make any assumptions about you, we just want to know that you are interested in getting a job, capable of doing it, and will prove your worth to your employer.

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