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Options on results day if your A-levels don’t go quite to plan

A-level results are out on 16th August and unless you are already holding an unconditional offer or already have a great set of BTEC results, this will be a very big day in your life. On the day, keep a close eye on UCAS Track for the information you’ll need about your offers. And try to prepare in advance as much as possible to save yourself [...]

July 20th, 2018|Categories: > Academic Paths, Year 13 - UCAS|

Need help with your career choices?

It’s easy to think that a career is a huge decision because it’s for the rest of your life, but unless you have plans to commit to one clear path as a vet, a doctor, a nurse or to take on the family business, the chances are that – like the rest of us – you will have a varied journey ahead of you, influenced initially [...]

July 16th, 2018|Categories: > Motivation, Strategies|

What can happen on results day even with great grades

Just finished year 13? Applied to Uni and waiting for your exam results on 16th August? Unless you are holding an unconditional offer, you will most likely be waiting to see if you get the grades required by your Firm (first) choice and Insurance choice Uni.  Yet even if you do well, there are still a number of scenarios to bear in mind. Here is an [...]

July 13th, 2018|Categories: > Academic Paths, Year 13 - UCAS|

Apprenticeships in business administration

When I was working in sixth form careers, students would frequently ask how they could work in business after they left school. “What exactly do you mean by business?” I would say as it was a very broad request, but it was to help inspire the layout of the Careersnearhere website with its dedicated Business Admin and Business Management sections. In today’s blog we’re going to [...]

July 9th, 2018|Categories: > Apprenticeships, Business|

Clearing – why it’s important to start looking early

If you are in year 13 and you are not holding any offers – whether you have already applied or whether you are a new applicant - you will now need to consider using Clearing as UCAS Extra closed on 4th July. What and when is Clearing? Clearing is a part of the annual process of applying to Uni via UCAS – and by Uni we [...]

July 6th, 2018|Categories: > Academic Paths, Year 13 - UCAS|

Practical tips on how to research Uni and degree options

In our mini-series on how and why you should be researching higher education in year 12, we’ve looked at what you might want to consider when choosing a degree course and when thinking about where you want to study. Today, we’re going to explore how you go about doing that research. Where do I look? Where you start looking depends on to what extent you know [...]

July 2nd, 2018|Categories: > Academic Paths, Year 12 - Higher Education|

Year 11 – It’s 30th June on Saturday

If you are aged sixteen by the end of the summer holidays, you can – in theory – finish school today as it is 30th June on Saturday.  Sad, but true - you don’t have to go back!* However, the law** says that until your eighteenth birthday you have three options: either (a) stay in full-time education – perhaps switching to a college instead of school [...]

June 29th, 2018|Categories: > Motivation, Year 11 - Choices|

Activities week – an opportunity to grab more experiences for your CV

Whether it’s Enrichment, Activities or Careers week, find out how to get the most from this annual opportunity and add something meaningful and relevant to your CV and personal statement. What are we talking about? If you are transitioning between years – perhaps between Year 12 and 13 – your school or college will most likely have at least one careers activity planned for you in [...]

June 25th, 2018|Categories: > Motivation, Strategies|

Why it’s worth starting to research Universities in Year 12

If you are in Year 12 and thinking of going on into higher education after sixth form, the coming weeks before the summer holidays are perfect for starting to think about your choices. We’re running a three-part mini-series to help with your research and in part two this week, we’re looking at Unis: what are they, what should – and shouldn’t – influence your choice(s) of [...]

June 22nd, 2018|Categories: > Academic Paths, Year 12 - Higher Education|

A young person’s guide to confidence

Sarah Clark is Founder & Director of Mariposa Coaching. Her extremely long list of credentials includes Stress Management, Performance Coaching and Problem Focused Counselling. Sarah runs workshops which involve young people and so we asked her for words of wisdom about confidence-building strategies. Here’s what she told us … Sustainable belief in yourself We can learn to project confidence even when we are not feeling it. [...]

June 18th, 2018|Categories: > Motivation, Skills|
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