During your life you will make lots of key decisions. Some of the most important will relate to your career. The average person will potentially spend a third of their waking hours in work over the course of their lives.
Having a job is essential to give us the income stream we all need. But jobs, or rather vocations, have the potential to be so much more. Jobs can be rewarding, helpful, inspiring. Choosing a career can have a great impact on your life. We here at Callywith want to support you to make ‘rational informed career decisions’.
The world is changing, new technologies, a changing climate, and new ways of thinking about how the world of business and jobs work are creating new career areas. Emerging technologies could become major sources of employment in the future.
For a long time, the concept of a ‘job for life’ was the norm. This is no longer the case. A person leaving education now could have 12 or more careers.
Those jobs may be in one occupational sector, such as construction, engineering, creative and digital or health and social care but it is increasingly likely that people will move between sectors during their working lives. This makes it increasingly important that you develop TRANSFERABLE SKILLS such as: listening, communication, team-working, meeting deadlines, analysis, and organisation.
During your time at Callywith, we will work hard to support you identify and apply for your post-18 career pathway. Two key options you should research and consider are:
- Going onto higher education
- Starting an apprenticeship
Unifrog is a comprehensive and user friendly careers platform that Callywith students can access at college and at home. You will be shown how to access Unifrog at the start of Year 1. Ways you can use Unifrog include:
- to research job roles
- to identify job roles linked to your current courses
- to research UK university courses and university courses in other countries and continents
- to research and access a range of resources including films, books, podcasts, webinars, MOOCs
- to record competencies and activities
- to produce a CV
- to produce a personal statement
You can access more information on using Unifrog here
There are over 150 universities in the UK and many further education colleges and other educational institutions also offer degree courses. There are over 50,000 different courses that you can choose from. The majority are for three years but there are a wide range of four-year courses that include a year placement in a business or organisation in the UK or abroad.
Apprenticeships have been around for a very long time, they have experienced major changes and developments in recent years. The Government introduced an ‘Apprenticeship Levy’ in 2017. The levy is “paid by large employers with a pay bill of over £3 million (they pay 0.5% of their total annual pay bill).” The levy can only be spent on providing apprenticeship training in their organisation.
Apprenticeship opportunities have developed to be relevant to many different sectors. In fact, it is possible to complete an apprenticeship for all jobs, except to become a doctor, dentist or vet. Currently there are 739 apprenticeship standards for different job roles in the UK.
Apprenticeships have been traditionally offered at Level 2, but in recent years many more are available at higher levels, including Degree Level (6 and 7). The UCAS website has information on the wide range of degree apprenticeships being offered by businesses and organisations in the UK.
Careers Learner Journey
The Careers Learning Journey with Callywith College sets out the key careers interactions you will experience as a student during your time at the College.
Book a careers appointment
Callywith students can at any time request a meeting with one of the College’s two Careers Advisers. Follow-up appointments are arranged as required. Please click here to book an appointment.
Which job sector?
If you’re not sure on which career path to follow, you can use our career pathways help tool which takes you through possible careers by job sector.
Many of the careers listed also show study routes, so you can see what knowledge and qualifications you’ll need to succeed.
There are lots of links below to websites that you may find helpful.
Watch videos about different jobs
National Careers Service
How to get into different careers
Job trends in the UK
Jobs in the NHS
Search for university courses (UCAS)
Complete University Guide
Leading university information
Apprenticeships - top tips and advice
Information about apprenticeships
Information about Apprentice Employers
Apprenticeships in Cornwall
Higher and Degree Apprenticeships - National Vacancies
SEND support & providers:
Kehelland Trust courses
Learning with Newquay Orchard
Building your skills & strengths:
Skills employers want
Creativity and entrepreneurship
Post-18 Career Planning
CV writing guide
Personal Statement writing guide