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21October

I Just Want a Job

Written by Matt Allman Posted in Career Planning, General Advice, Work, Careers

I Just Want a Job

Some young people I meet and work with tell me they want a job, any job, anywhere, doing anything!  This is great and you need to keep up that positive attitude, but......

It is worth thinking about the future too and where a job or career may lead.  You can always find out more about careers on this website www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk.

I often look at this with young people I work with so that we can find out more about jobs and progression routes within jobs. For example, if you start out as an Engineer you can earn £12,000 per year upwards, but if you progress over time into a Contract Manager your salary can be up to £50,000 upwards per year. This comes with a lot of training, time and much more responsibility on your shoulders.

It is also good to enjoy your job, whatever you do, this will mean you want to go in and keep trying harder. Did you know in 2011 in the UK as a whole we lost 131 million days between us all being off work sick? That’s a lot of sickness, and 35 million of these days were for minor illnesses such as having a cold.

Here’s the important part about a job - You always need to ask for accredited training. Why? The more skilled you can make yourself, the more you offer to an employer.

If you have been with a Cleaning company for some time and they like the way you work and you are qualified when that promotion comes up you can go for it, but if they ask for qualifications you don’t have it could be much harder for you to progress. You might then leave unqualified, finding yourself in a similar role just with a different company, back at square one. A qualification in your job may have helped you to apply for jobs at the next level, such as a Supervisor.

Don’t be afraid to research and suggest training you need in your supervision/appraisal. Or when accepting a job offer, if you are working with children you could ask about a Childcare related qualification, or if you’re in a kitchen ask about a Cheffing qualification.

There is lots of information online about this and you need to discuss with your employer what best suits you, your skills and aspirations, because if you work in a shop and ask your employer to pay for your Aeroplane Pilots licence.... sorry, it won’t happen!

Remember, training needs to be accredited; a few days in house training is what the company want you to know about them and their procedures. You will learn a lot about the job role but this is not something you can use elsewhere, whereas accredited training will take more time and means you get a qualification such as an NVQ or Diploma which you can use within the company, or if you find yourself looking for another job.

Training doesn’t always mean going to college, some apprentices I work with have never had to go to college, the trainer comes to them at work, sets them work and they complete it.

I also did my Diploma this way, but remember if you do decide to go to college it is only free until you are 19 then there may be some costs involved as you will be an adult. Apprenticeships are also a great way to work and get trained. You can do these between the ages of 16-24 and some are available from the age of 25+, but these are more limited.

About the Author

Matt Allman

Matt Allman

Matt Allman is a Personal Adviser for TCHC. He has extensive experience working with young adults including young people leaving care, young people/children in care, young offenders, disabled young people, behaviour management, mental health, participation and children’s rights.

Matt has been praised by his peers for his ability to work with young people of all ages in all types of situations. He is dedicated, patient and  persistent while assisting young clients to achieve their goals.

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