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Whether your choice is to get a job at 16 or put it off as long as you can – at some point you are going to have to join the 45 million people that are employed within the UK. 


A wise person once said: “do a job that you like, and you’ll never work a day in life” and this is very true. but many do a job that they don't enjoy. This is not to say that they dislike their jobs. There are many other factors that have to be taken into account about a job – its location, its hours, the number of holidays that people get, whether the staff are friendly, and/or the daily stress levels 

By thinking about the type of job you want at your DESTINATION, you can then plan the route to getting it. 

There are many types of jobs available and below we will guide you through the journey of careers advice, apprenticeships and how to get your dream job.



The amount and quality of careers advice that you can expect to receive will vary depending on where you live - as responsibility for careers advice now falls with local councils. 


Whilst the National Careers Service (funded by Government) operates a detailed support website, formal careers support (i.e where you get to talk one-to-one to an expert) is often quite minimal.


So if you were planning to rely on a careers adviser to find you a career - don’t! There are lots of ways to research a potential career and the links below will help you to achieve this. You are best using your time with a careers adviser for help with your CV or interview technique rather than relying on them to have an encyclopaedic knowledge of how to become a 3D Games Programmer. 

You might find the following information useful from one of our partners:
You might find the following articles useful:
  • My first day at work
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Get more useful tips and guidance on getting a job with the DESTINATION ADULTHOOD book.  
  • Read Gemma's experience of careers advice
  • The view from a careers adviser
  • How to start looking for a dream career

You will probably be aware of ‘Apprenticeships’. These are full time jobs that combine ‘on-the-job’ work experience with formal training that results in a qualification (usually a BTEC). Apprenticeships are defined by the level of qualification that is attained. Level 2 Apprenticeships come with a Level 2 qualification, a Level 3 Apprenticeship comes with a Level 3 qualification and so on. If you struggled at school then you might want to start with a Level 2, however if you were okay at school but you didn’t fancy doing A levels, you might want to jump straight into a Level 3. 

There are lots of Apprenticeships available, but probably not enough for the number of people looking for one. This means that competition will be tough and you will need to bring your 'A game' to the application form and the interview. Use information below to ensure that you are equipped to get the right apprenticeship for you. 

  • My first week as an Apprentice

  • How to nail an apprenticeship interview

  • The pros and cons of an Apprenticeship


Getting a job is only the start of the hard work - now you have to keep it. 

If you imagine the number of other people you applied for your job, these are people who are waiting to offered a second chance if you don't work hard and do a good job. 

If you boss sees you checking your WhatsApp messages on your phone all day or online shopping when you should be helping them prepare for a big meeting - this isn't going to go down well. And if you keep doing it, you can expect to say goodbye to your dream job. 

To make the most from your job check out the articles and content below. 

  • The view from an employer

  • Why I lost my Apprenticeship

  • The Top Ten Tips for keeping your job