A level result’s- what next?
Stop Press……UNIVERSITY ISN’T FOR EVERYONE!
So now you have your results, they may be better than expected or not, but the world doesn’t end with A level results. The most important thing you can have is the right attitude, particularly if you are entering the workplace
There are so many options available now, you can even go into certain professions that traditionally needed degrees. You may choose to enter the workplace with a company who will give you on job training.
Swann Recruitment has a lot of opportunities with some excellent local companies, so why not come and see us for a chat?
Here are some other good alternatives to Uni…
- Non-degree career routes
It goes without saying that some career choices require a degree, and if you’re hoping to be a doctor or vet, you’ll need to go to university. But that said, school leavers can break into industries like law or accounting without a degree or start at the bottom of a competitive industry in a bid to land their dream role.
Many smaller accountancy firms offer training places on the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) scheme. The on-the-job training typically takes several years with time out for day release courses. Once you qualify as an accounting technician you can take further training to become a chartered accountant.
If you’re interested in a career as a lawyer but perhaps university wasn’t the right option for you, the ILEX scheme (Institute of Legal Executives) offers a mix of on-the-job training and academic study. Again, once you qualify as a legal executive you can take further training to become a fully qualified solicitor.
Legal and accounting careers aside, there are so many respected jobs that don’t require a university degree behind you. Many creative industries value experience as much as they do qualifications, and sometimes getting your foot into the door is even more essential than getting a degree. Do some research into the careers that don’t require a degree, find out what the entry level job would be
Large retail and supermarket chains are at the forefront when it comes to offering graduate-style manager traineeships, which aim to give you work experience in an industry that you perhaps don’t yet have the appropriate skills in to land a job straight off. The length of time for a scheme can vary, and the outcome is dependent on the traineeship you’re doing – often, they prepare you to take on an apprenticeship, or they can lead to employment.
Traineeships can last from six weeks to six months, and ones in retail combine working at head office with periods in stores to get an understanding of how the business works, but there may also be the opportunity to gain a professional qualification (in finance or marketing, for example). The armed forces, the emergency services, the hotel and catering industry, estate agencies and IT may also recruit young people with A-levels (or equivalent) too!
University might not be right for you, but that doesn’t mean further education isn’t, and an apprenticeship is the perfect way to combine earning while you work and gaining qualifications. In some cases, you can even gain a degree alongside your apprenticeship.
The length of your apprenticeship is almost always dependant on the level of your apprenticeship – intermediate (the equivalent to five GCSEs), advanced (equivalent to two A-Levels), higher (equivalent to a foundation degree), and degree (equivalent to a Bachelor’s) Intermediate apprenticeships generally last between 12 and 18 months, while advanced apprenticeships are two-year placements, and higher and degree level apprenticeships can take between three-to-six years to complete – the same as going to university.
- Take a gap year
If you haven’t made your mind up, you could always take a gap year. Spend it doing work experience in your chosen industry, travelling, doing voluntary work, and just giving yourself the time to really decide what you want to do from here. You don’t want to pressure yourself into an industry or a job role if it isn’t what you want to do, especially if you have the luxury of time on your side.
‘A Year In Industry’ is an education charity that offers high quality paid work for 9-12 months, to give you experience as well as a way in to a permanent job. There are placements for students interested in all areas of engineering, science, IT, e-commerce, business, marketing, finance and logistics.
The Gap Year Guidebook outline loads of charities that are deserving of your time and effort, even if it’s just for a few months, while Volunteering Matters organises community-based placements all over the UK and Do-It list national vacancies.
- Be your own boss
It may sound risky, but if you have a great idea for a business you could always go it alone. There are various business start-up organisations offering help and advice to young people – a good place to start is The Prince’s Trust.
Also, you’re potentially at a point in your life where your responsibilities are likely the lowest they’re ever going to be – you don’t have a mortgage to pay, you don’t have others to support, and you could jump ship and go it alone. It worked for Emily Austen, who went from student to CEO in a matter of years. After all, it worked for Sir Richard and Lord Sugar
So you see? A level results, good or bad- you have so many choices.