Career Corner

Looking for that perfect after-school job or planning for a part-time summer job? Or maybe you are lucky enough that you don’t have to get a job until you are an adult living on your own. No matter your situation, finding the right job is tough, especially in today’s competitive market. Stay on top of everything you need to know to land the right job for you!

And find great advice from inspirational, driven girls just like you who have succeeded in their job or career dreams or have started their own business! When you hear their stories, we’re sure you will keep working toward your own goals!

Here's Where You"ll Find All The Career Experience You'll Need


When you start looking for a job, you will soon find that there is one thing all employers want you to have. And that is plenty of experience! Unfortunately, it can be very difficult trying to get industry experience while you are still at school and college, but it is very important that you try to find some wherever you can. Think that all-important experience is as rare as gold dust? Well, you’ll be happy to hear that you should be able to find it in the following places.

Weekend Jobs

There is no better way to gain professional experience than with a weekend job. As soon as you are old enough to start working, your should try and find a weekend or evening job to support yourself through school and college. But there are plenty more reasons why you should get a job like this – it isn’t all about the money! Being employed from a young age will ensure that you have plenty of work experience once you start hunting for a job. Even if you can’t find a job in the industry you want to work in, you will still have valuable experience, as most employers want to know that their employees have experienced a proper day of work before they start!

Work Experience Programs

Most schools run work experience for their oldest pupils. The team up with local businesses and organize days when pupils can spend the time working in a company. Most of the time, they will try to match students up with companies that are in industries that they plan on working in when they are older. If you sound interested in these programs, speak to your school or college to see if they organize anything such as this. If not, you might be able to speak to a company directly and see if they will help you and organize a day working amongst their employees.

Further Education

You may be surprised to hear that education provides some solid experience you can use in the working world. If you spend more time in further education and take part in learnerships or undergraduate courses, you will be adding some seriously strong experience to your resume! Sure, employers want to see work experience on there too, but you shouldn’t solely focus on all the professional stuff and forget about your education. It all counts as useful experience!

Get Social

These days, we are all online, and each have a strong presence on social media platforms. Even companies now have Facebook and Twitter profiles. Now that social media is a huge aspect of everyone’s lives, employers want to hire people who have plenty of experience in this field. So now is the time to get tweeting to impress future employers! The more followers you can build up, the more you will impress potential employers and recruiters.

So don’t just sit at home all the time and worry about not having experience. You need to go out there and get it yourself!

 



The Jury's Out. Is A Career In Law Right For You?


Law is one of those careers that’s right up there. Alongside doctoring and academia, it’s the direction parents often want you to go. Even so, just because a job is good doesn’t mean it’s for you. Have you been feeling pressure to go down the law path? Are you unsure whether it’s for you? That’s okay! Law isn’t for everyone. Some people flourish in careers other people would hate. It’s important you’re honest about your feelings before you commit to a career you’re not excited about. Your parents may be upset. Even so, they would be more upset to know you went down a path you didn’t want! Here are a few tips that should help you understand whether law is what you want.

SKILLS

You should consider your skills when thinking about any career. Law is no different. At this stage, you have no real way of knowing what a career in law will hold. That can make it hard to know whether you have what it takes. Even so, there are certain things you can be sure of. Firstly, you’re going to need to be a people person to make law work. Many people who pursue a career in law do so because they want to help. They want to see justice done! You can be sure you’ll be working closely with people if you go down this path. And, remember that you aren’t always going to be representing people you like. Your job is to get the best for your customer, no matter who they are or what they’re accused of. Do you think you could stand up for someone who you don’t warm to? Think, too, about how you are under pressure. Public speaking skills will put you in good stead here.

RESEARCH LAW SCHOOL

Knowing as much about law school as possible should help you decide, too. Find out how long is law school, and what you’ll be learning there. Knowing how much commitment you’ll be making should help you decide either way. Find out, too, what different types of law you can specialise in. If none of them appeals to you, it might be a sign that law isn’t right. Again, think back to your skill set when trying to decide this. You’ll also need to think about what academic achievements you need to qualify for further study of law. If academia isn’t for you, it’s unlikely law will be, either. You’ll need to achieve A’s at GCSE. You’ll then need to stay in the A-B range during college to qualify.

THINK ABOUT PASSION

All the above aside, your passion for law is what this comes down to. If you’re passionate about it, none of the above should stop you pursuing the dream. Be honest, though. It’s easy to get carried away in other people’s passion. Make sure the love is coming from you. If that passion isn’t there, no amount of hard work can make that law career work for you!

 



Never Give Up On Your Dream Career, You Can Succeed


If you’re in school or just starting university, you might already know what you want to do in life. In fact, you might have known since you were very young indeed. The career of your dreams could be anything. You might want to be a doctor, astronaut, politician, lawyer or actress. Sadly, it’s fair to say that most people don’t end up in their dream career. Instead, they end up settling for a lot less than they desired. Or at least, something completely different to what they originally intended. But, you don’t have to follow this same path. Instead, you can make sure you spend the rest of your life doing something you truly love. How? We’re glad you asked.

Don’t Be Afraid To Try

There are plenty of individuals who will fail to find their dream career because they don’t try hard enough. This isn’t because they are lazy per se but rather because they don’t want to fail. If you don’t try your best, it’s impossible to fail. You will always have that excuse that you didn’t succeed because you never put everything into it. At the same time, though, this is a lost opportunity. It is always better to try and fail than never to try at all. It will lead to a much more rewarding life because eventually, you will soar.

Get A Little Helping Hand

No matter what job market you enter, you’ll find it is incredibly competitive. It can seem like a challenge to get any career started, let alone find your dream position. But there are always options and ways to boost your chances. For instance, one of the key tests you’ll need to get past is the resume. Your resume must stand out from the rest if you want your dream job. To ensure it does, you can use a resume service. This means that your resume will be written by expert recruiters. They know exactly what business owners want to see.

It’s not the only way to stack the deck in your favor. You can also build up a USP by getting interesting and exciting experiences. The trick to this is not being afraid to take unpaid roles and positions.

Embrace Humility

Don’t think that any job or role is underneath you. When you come out of university, you shouldn’t assume that you’ll immediately enter a high up position because this won’t always be the case. You might have to work your way up from the bottom. Just look at the medical industry. Junior doctors get paid next to nothing for completing back breaking, mind dulling work. However, if you can get through those first few years, you’ll be rewarded with the chance of saving lives. It’s true in any industry. Sometimes, you have to start your way at the bottom and work your way at the top. Even a job that seems unrelated to your dream shouldn’t be taken for granted. You never know where it might lead you.

Using this advice, you’ll discover it is possible to find your dream job out there on the market. So, don’t ever give up on the search.



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