Many school leavers have decided against university this year, with the number of UK applicants dropping by 8.7% compared with last year . Some want to get straight into work, and some want to take a year out before deciding what they want to do.
The government is introducing various schemes and organising various ways of getting young people in to work, but competition will still be high. A recent UKPA poll suggested that as much as 8 out of 10 firms are concerned about hiring school leavers, amongst main concerns were their potential lack of communication skills and self-management.
In setting yourself apart from others who are looking to fill a position, it’s becoming increasingly important for people to have a CV that not only shows past employment and grades, but shows something a bit different and stands out from the rest. By travelling, volunteering or working abroad, there are a huge range of skills and attributes to be developed such as confidence, communication, organising, cultural awareness, understanding and self-sufficiency. These qualities are extremely valuable, and are widely transferrable in a social, educational and working environment.
A representative from TEFL Scotland, a training organisation that provides courses in teaching English as a foreign language, said:
“It’s important for young people to realise that working as a TEFL teacher abroad isn’t just a travelling experience, it’s a life experience. It allows for self-development and gives you something great to put on your CV – employers and admission officers recognise its value. Our courses are perfect for people who want to travel, but want to earn money and boost their employability all at the same time.”
Life for school leavers doesn’t have to be tough, as long as they adopt a pro-active approach in setting themselves apart from other applicants.