It is important for young people to leave school well equipped with the skills and knowledge they require for their future. Whilst many do not know what they want to do, it is important to keep options open. This list is useful for outlining which careers require degrees, recommended subject requirements as well as job descriptions, all allowing pupils to help them decide on their next step.
Here you will find a website designed to help young people make an informed decision about their future. My World of Work allows students to create an account, learn about themselves and their career options, search for jobs and training opportunities as well as receive help with CV writing, job applications and job interviews.
Whilst many jobs still require a university degree, many of the fastest growing jobs do not. It is important we look at the big picture - we need people joining the workforce. We need to be realistic that having a university degree does not always equal employment. We need to focus on the individual strengths of each child and allowing them to follow the path that is most suited to them, not succumbing to societal or parental pressures.
This interesting, statistic filled article provides an insight into the argument surrounding college (or higher education) attendance. The main point here is that hard work and enjoyment are more important and I think this is exactly what we need to be promoting to our school leaders. As the article points out, college can be attended later in life and there are plenty of ways to gain training and employment without a college degree.
With many countries suffering a skills shortage, there are more and more jobs available in industries such as trade and hospitality. The Career College initiative is one that helps not only promote these jobs to young adults, but also allows them to get the necessary training and experience.
So you have some students who have made their minds up that college or university is not for them. However, they are still unsure of a career path or life after school. This list of 35 jobs can help provide the inspiration they need, it even provides links to job vacancies.