Career Planning

Changes to A Levels and AS Levels from 2015

The government and Ofqual have announced major changes to A levels and AS levels in England mostly beginning in September 2015. The key changes to A levels: Since 2014, there has no longer been a January assessment window. This change applies to current A levels as...

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Great Personal Development Opportunity for Teenagers

To stop your teenager from saying ''I'm bored!'' this October  half-term, why not send them on a one week course (including a three-night activity trip away) and 30 hours voluntary work in the community?  This great new programme is part of the National Citizen...

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What to do after leaving school

  Pictured: Brathay Apprentice Challenge winners, Team Pepsi With nearly half a million students starting an undergraduate degree each year, university can often seem the only option for a school leaver. However, rising tuition fees, expensive living costs and an...

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Government Funded Volunteering Overseas with ICS

International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity open to all 18 to 25-year-olds, backed by the UK government. It gives you the chance to work side-by-side with local volunteers in developing countries, to make a meaningful...

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Nurture High Effectiveness in Your Teenager

For teenagers life can often feel like finding their path through a jungle.  And it’s no walk in the park for the parents of teenagers either. In his book, 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens', author Sean Covey attempts to provide "a compass to help teens and...

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Careers Advice for Parents ~ Partner Organisations

  Organisations That Recommend This Site to ParentsAccess Southampton Alderman Peel High School, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk Al Yasmina School, Abu Dhabi, UAE Allerton Grange High School, Leeds, West Yorkshire Allerton High School, Leeds, West Yorkshire...

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how to get online careers advice

For young people in England there are two main places you can go to get expert advice online. the Not Going To Uni (NGTU) web site provides an online Advice Centre.  Parents are also welcome to use this service. the National Careers Service offers web chat, email and...

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Generic Skills Checklist

Although qualifications are important in getting a job, employers also want to recruit young people who have employability skills such as communication skills, problem solving, creativity, honesty and integrity, being punctual, taking responsibility, team working,...

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young people need soft skills

Young people should play up their personal strengths and interests when applying for work, according to new research. A survey of more than 900 managers conducted recently by ICM Research for the Brathay Trust found that  nearly two fifths (38%) want young people to...

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The difference between Internships and Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships: Apprenticeships have traditionally been associated with blue-collar industries such as engineering and construction. This has changed in recent years and apprenticeships in professional services (like banking,  IT,  accountancy and law) are now...

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