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Why You Should Consult the National Careers Service

By Yann, published on 27/08/2019 Blog > Professional Development > Personal Development > Using the National Careers Service

“It is the set of the sails, not the direction of the wind that determines which way we will go.” – Jim Rohn

Unsurprisingly, the UK’s biggest city is also home to the UK’s largest student population. But before you enrol in a university, you need to make sure that you’re making the right choices. Before you go to university, you need to carefully think about what you’re good at, what you like doing, and what kind of career you’d like to have once you’re finished with schooling. While going to university isn’t essential for a good career, those still in school may probably be thinking about it considering further education to bolster their CV, learn new skills, or get a trade.

Nowadays, there are so many different careers available and it seems like new ones are springing up all the time. Some careers won’t even exist in 50 years and there’ll be a plethora of others created in the meantime.

Working out what to do with your life isn’t easy and it can be even more difficult to work out how to get into certain careers, what you need to study, or what you’d be good at. If you feel lost, the National Careers Service is worth checking out. It’s useful for not only work but also what you should be studying.

In this article in our series on career planning and career services, we’ll be looking at the National Careers Service and how you can use it to make the right choices.

What Does the National Careers Service Do?

The National Careers Service was launched in 2012 and brought together the services of other publicly funded bodies and services. Its main goals are to provide information, advice, and guidance on:

  • Learning
  • Training
  • Career choice
  • Career development
  • Job search
  • Labour market

Where can you find help with career decisions? If you need help working out what to do next, the National Careers Service could be helpful. (Source: Pexels)

Its mission is to provide a “high-quality information about careers and skills, and independent, professional advice and guidance”, and “a focus on specialist careers guidance, built on the principles of independence and professional standards”, and “information, advice and guidance both to inform and to stimulate demand for further education, work-based training and higher education.”

Put simply, the National Careers Service does exactly what it says on the tin!

Wondering what you can do with your degree?

Find out more about Prospects.ac.uk.

The Services Offered by the National Careers Service

Career planning is difficult and while there are plenty of career opportunities, no two career paths are the same. Fortunately for you, the National Careers Service offers many services that can help you start a new career, change careers, or get more information on what you need to do to get an interview you’ve seen in job listings.

Here are just a few of the services available from the National Careers Service:

CV Writing

Since your CV is often the first way you interact with potential employers, job seekers need to make sure that their CV is well written and suitable for the jobs they’re looking at. Additionally, you’ll also need to work on writing cover letters to potential employers.

You only get one first impression and with employers, your CV makes this impression for you. If your CV doesn’t impress a potential employer, you’re never going to get called in for an interview and ultimately, you’ll never get that job.

Your experience and qualifications aren’t the only important aspects of your CV. In many cases, you’ll probably have a similar profile to all the other candidates and your CV is a way to make yourself stand out. Additionally, an employer may have hundreds of applications to look at so they won’t want to waste their time reading CVs filled with irrelevant work experience and qualifications.

Where can I find help for writing CVs? Writing your CV can be tricky. Check out some of the advice on the National Careers Service. (Source: Free-Photos)

Understanding the Job Market

After graduation, you’ll probably be looking for employment opportunities. The job market information on the National Careers Service is great for anyone trying to get into the world of work.

There are a lot of jobs around and you may have the skills for a job you didn’t even know about. Keeping your ear to the ground is a good way to know what opportunities might be coming up and when it’s time to abandon ship if you’re in an industry that’s struggling.

There may even be opportunities to change careers and move into something more rewarding.

Searching and Applying for Jobs

Job hunting is a bit of a minefield and looking for a job can be a nightmare at times. Fortunately, you can get online job information from the National Careers Service and there’s also plenty of information on searching and applying to jobs.

It’s useful to know what employers are looking for and while your CV can impress, a lot of employers also use specific application processes to ensure they find exactly what they’re looking for. It’s all well and good having an amazing CV but if you mess up the application, you’re never going to get that call.

Not sure what kind of job you want?

Consider doing an academic appraisal.

Interview Techniques

If you’ve got a great CV and put together a great application, a recruiter will probably be very interested in meeting with you in person. In this case, they’ll call you in for an interview. If you’ve got an interview, it means they’re interested in working with you so just make sure you leave the interview having made a good impression and with them thinking that you’re the right person for the job!

If you want to find a job, you need to carefully think about how you present yourself to potential employers. Once you’ve mastered the interview techniques outlines by the National Careers Service, you can practise with mock interviews with a private career tutor, for example.

How do you perform well in an interview? If you need to ace that next interview, make sure you do your research first. (Source: styles66)

Searching for Courses and Training Schemes

No career path is a straight line and you may need to consider further training. Your career choices aren’t set in stone and this career service has ways to find courses and training schemes that can help you improve in your current line of work or get the necessary skills for a new career.

Exploring Career Options

If you plan to explore career options, you’ll need to get advice from someone who knows what they’re talking about. Luckily, the National Careers Service is there to help you find jobs, apply for jobs, and then get a job!

What can I do for a career? You can always explore various career options before making a final decision. (Source: Free-Photos)

No matter what your career goals are, career exploration should help you find job opportunities and make choosing a career simpler.

Thinking about applying to university?

Find out more about UCAS.

Where Can You Find the National Careers Service?

There are several ways to access the National Careers Service. There are both digital and physical ways to access the National Careers Service. For those looking for career guidance, the National Careers Service is one of the best career resources you can visit. Of course, it’s not the only one and you can always attend career fairs and job fairs.

If you’re still wondering, “What can I do?” and need help choosing a career and finding a job, consider getting in touch with a private career tutor who can help you look at lifelong learning options, improve your interviewing skills, and provide you with bespoke career counselling.

Make an appointment with a private career coach today and get some career advice, including the best online resources for career assessments, interview skills, career management, etc. You’ll soon have that dream job!

On Superprof, you can find life coaches, career tutors, and academic support tutors. Generally, there are three types of tutorial available: face-to-face tutorials, online tutorials, and group tutorials. Each type of tutorial comes with its pros and cons and you’ll need to think about your budget and your goals when choosing which one to go for.

Face-to-face tutorials are between you and your tutor. As the only student in the class, you’ll benefit from tailored sessions and your tutor’s undivided attention. While these are often the most costly type of private tutorial, they’re also the most cost-effective thanks to how much time your tutor can spend focusing on you.

Online tutorials are similar to face-to-face tutorials in terms of the tutor-student ratio but your tutor won’t be in the room with you. Thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can now get private tutoring via webcam using video conferencing software such as Skype. While not ideal for hands-on subjects, online tutorials are great for academic subjects and they’re often cheaper than the face-to-face tutorials since the tutor doesn’t need to factor travel costs into their rates.

Finally, group tutorials, as you may have guessed, are when you’re taught alongside other students in a group. With several students footing the bill, these tutorials often work out cheaper per student per hour. While cheaper, it does mean you won’t get as much attention from your tutor as they’ll need to focus on several students at once. Unfortunately, this all means that they can’t tailor their sessions just to you as they’ll need to take the other students’ needs, strengths and weaknesses, and goals into account when planning their lessons.

Think carefully about your goals, budget, and learning style before deciding what type of tutorials are right for you!

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