ADVICE AND GUIDANCE
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Mrs Anne Ewing, Information, Advice and Guidance Officer
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This is not a comprehensive list so seek advice if you have other information needs. Remember to use a variety of sources to get as full a picture as possible. Call into the careers office in school Mrs Ewing is available to help with CV’s, action planning, work experience and career exploration, there are many resources available – appointments not always necessary. You can also call into either one of the libraries for up-to-date information as well as being able to search for all of the careers books available to you by clicking on the OLIVER icon on your school desktop.
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In today’s competitive jobs market, it’s more important than ever to make a good first impression. This can often be your CV, so it needs to be putting across the right messages, with the right presentation, and no mistakes.
When you have been in full-time education most of your life your qualifications will probably be your main achievement. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, try to make your course work relevant to the skills you’d use in the job. For example, you probably use time management, research and IT skills every day. You may also be able to say you’re a fast learner and are up to date with the latest equipment and techniques in your field.
The most important thing is to take your time over your CV – make sure it’s the best it can be. You might want to leave it for a couple of days and then come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes. Get it checked over by several people to see if they can spot anything you can’t. When you’ve been working on something for a long time it can be difficult to see ways in which it can be improved. But with CVs, it’s easy to make the mistake, but very difficult to correct the damage done…
Some of the most common CV errors are:
- Typing errors, and poor spelling and grammar
- Listing duties instead of achievements
- Not tailoring your CV
- Visually unappealing and difficult to read
- Too long or too short
To make the most of a gap year, it’s really important to investigate and plan so that you stay safe, (be sure to have adequate insurance) but have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests. You need to research attitudes to gap years at your prospective university; in some departments (mostly mathematics and sciences), gap years at 18 are frowned upon as academic staff think it takes too long for students to return to an effective learning routine. Others think the gap year experience is of benefit to a student’s maturity and commitment level. Be aware that most companies charge significant sums of money to organise this experience for you. What some companies offer amounts to little more than an expensive holiday, whilst others offer worthwhile character forming experiences.
Two useful websites are: