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Apart from the generous amount of zeros at the end of their bank balance, Lord Sugar, Sir Richard Branson and Simon Cowell all have something in common: not one of them went to university, yet they have all gone on to become household names who would probably tell you that university is not the only ticket to professional success.

However, recent statistics by Pitman Training reveals that a staggering 84 percent of 16 to 24-year-olds don’t know how to turn the interests they’re passionate about into a career. This means that the next generation of employees are at risk of career dissatisfaction after entering the job market.

With 2018 being the Year of the Young, we focus on young people entering the job market. If you have just recently left school, and are feeling unsure of which direction you can take towards an exciting and fulfilling career path, read our top tips to help you turn the interests you are passionate about into an opportunity for professional success!

1. Look for companies that offer School Leaver Programmes in your area of interest

A School Leaver Programme is essentially the middle ground between full-time employment and higher education, giving you the opportunity to gain a combination of theoretical training and practical experience in various areas of expertise. These apprenticeships are aimed at students in year 13, but some cater for 16-year olds who have finished their GCSEs. The courses for students who leave school at GCSE level are intermediate or advanced apprenticeships, and higher apprenticeships for those with A-levels. Many companies sponsor, or part-sponsor students to study towards qualifications that are relevant to the business or industry they work within. These individuals will work for the company that is sponsoring them, on a full or part-time basis.

Although the concept of School Leaver Programmes is still relatively new, many companies are beginning to invest in upskilling the young workforce in order to plug skills gaps in various industries. Such companies include, but are not limited to Baker Tilly, BDO, Bishop Fleming, Deloitte, EY, IBM, Kennedys, Landau Law, Mazars, National Audit Office, National Grid and PwC.

2. Think of your first job as an investment in Skill Development

Let’s face it, the chances of your first job being your dream job are slim! However, everyone has to start somewhere, and working jobs that may not be your preferred choice will still add valuable experience and, more importantly, transferrable skills to your professional portfolio.

Some of the most sought after transferrable skills by employers include:

  • Organisation

  • Communication

  • Conflict resolution

  • Time management

  • Team work

Each of the above skills can be cultivated and developed in a wide range of roles and working environments, particularly when dealing directly with people, as is the case with customer service or entry level healthcare roles.

3. Play the long game

While it’s not always possible to secure the job you want after you have just left school, there will always be opportunities for you to get your foot through the door of an industry that interests you.

You can obtain a wide range of transferrable skills from entry level roles that will allow you to earn an income and gain experience as you continue to pursue your true career aspirations.

Here are a few entry level positions you could consider:

It’s important to think long-term when aiming to get your dream job. Although you may start at the bottom, you will find that there is often room to grow and progress within a company. And if not, then you can add the experience to your CV to help you get a new, and hopefully, your DREAM JOB!

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