Easy to follow, careers advice for students – We understand that commencing towards your new job can be a little nerve-wracking. Either you’re not too sure where to start when it comes to researching or you catch the ‘jelly legs’ fever prior to your interview. We all need a little careers advice and guidance now and again, that’s why at NowSkills, we’ve put together tons of learning resources for you guys! Follow our step-by-step process, to help you achieve your dream IT job!
Careers Advice for Students: The Career Researching STEP 1
Before you pick and choose which area of IT you want to pursue, we recommend you research in depth into these different roles. At NowSkills we can place you on a Digital Marketing, Web & Software Development or an Infrastructure Technician role.
Those 3 roles are very different from each other, so look at our course outlines, inspect the different tasks within these jobs and why not scope out what you could be potentially earning?
Why not relate your own experience to see which role best matches your skill set? For example, if you enjoy being creative plus you’ve got experience editing and creating images on Photoshop, check out the Digital Marketing Apprenticeship.
For those of you who are new to IT, it’s a good idea for you to start gaining basic experience and knowledge. We’ve collated useful resources to help you with your chosen career choice.
Play Your Part STEP 2
So you’ve chosen an IT career path, now it’s time to launch you to success! But first, we need you to play your part. When you apply/register, a member of our Resourcing Team will be in contact to take you through the screening process. Don’t panic, it’s only a 10-15 minute phone call, it is not an official telephone interview.
After the chat, they will send you the NowSkills IT Apprenticeships Application Form to fill out. Treat this form like a CV! This form is going to be presented to employers who potentially want to hire you! Make sure you include enough detail and give examples.
Interview Prep STEP 3
You may have had experience attending interviews before, or for some – it may be your first rodeo. Either way, we always recommend taking some careers advice for students. Interview prep is key, you may think you’ll be fine without it but trust us, prepping does help and it really does work!
At NowSkills, we schedule Interview Prep sessions with all of our learners. This may be a phone call, video conference or face to face meeting. Don’t panic, we have been doing this for years – you’re definitely in good hands!
If you are not successful with NowSkills when applying for an IT Apprenticeship, don’t worry! There are other alternatives paths you can take in order to succeed! Why not try…
Traineeships are a great way to help boost your skills and confidence before diving into a full-time Apprenticeship. You could receive full training, as well as support and guidance with Maths & English resit exams.
If you have already completed a Level 3 Apprenticeship in IT (or any other Digital subject), it may be better for you to look into Higher Apprenticeships.
Access the National Careers Service
The National Careers Service offer free advice and guidance to help you make decisions around learning, training and work. You can use the National Career Service to search for learning and training courses near you, as well as apprenticeships for all ages and levels and find out about funding options to support you.
You can also search and browse hundreds of job profiles to find out about average salaries, working hours, career progression, receive a ‘skills health check’ to help you discover what kinds of job roles you’re best suited to, book a digital National Careers Service session where an expert adviser will support you in creating an action plan to help you achieve your goals or you use the National Careers service web chat in regards to any concerns or questions you may have.