Starting a new job can be scary.. but here are some tips to help you along the way!

Use job searching sites

Here is a list of useful and trusted job searching sites which are easy to use and will help you in your job searching journey. Filter your preferences and skills to match with the relevant job roles.

Research the company

Once you have found a suitable role, dig deeper and do a bit of research into the company which you are about to apply to. Ensure that you know everything that you need to know about the role you are applying for- writing down a few facts about the company is a good idea!

Tailor your CV and cover letter

Depending on the role you are applying to, read the person specification and job description, then tailor your CV by referring to it and using it as a bit of a template to connect the relevant skills and requirements for the role to your personal skills and qualifications.

Follow application instructions

Quite often, each company will be happy with just seeing your CV, however sometimes the company has a whole procedure on their application instructions and some can be long-winded, so give yourself enough time to correctly fill in the application to the best of your ability.

Prepare for the interview

If you are selected for an interview, make sure that you are 100% prepared for this. By following the previous steps, you should know exactly what the role is and have written a cover letter which will support your application. Dig deeper and do a bit of research into the company which you are about to apply to. Ensure that you know everything that you need to know about the role you are applying for- writing down a few facts about the company is a good idea!

During the interview
  • Dress appropriately- Dressing modestly and smart, perhaps black office attire.
  • Be punctual- arrive 10 minutes before your interview and have a contact number just in case of lateness or an emergency which prevents you from being on time.
  • Show interest- make it known that you are eager to work in this role, ask questions, remain enthusiastic and interested during the interview.
  • Remain calm and professional. Try some breathing exercises before you enter the room.
Starting a new job

Upon a successful interview, you have been offered the position and now you must decide to accept or decline the offer. Take time to think about your decision, however you should respond promptly to your potential employers. There will most likely be paperwork to fill out, you will need to provide your personal details, for example, your national insurance number, so try to be prepared and organised with this. Ensure you have the correct equipment, if the company does not provide it, for example, a laptop. Understanding their code of conduct and dress code is also important. Arriving on time, in smart clothing sets a positive example to your employers and colleagues.

Access support

If you are in need of support in regards to helping you apply for jobs, mock interviews or careers advice click here to book an appointment to book an appointment with one of our advisors, or here to book onto our weekly job club, held at the Hive every Wednesday from 10-12pm.

#HelloYellow: Learning to Embrace Mental Health

Tuesday 10 October, marks World Mental Health Day, which hopes to raise awareness about mental health issues and combat social stigma.

This year’s theme is #HelloYellow, to wear something yellow, to stand out and create a brighter future for young people’s mental health.

We’’ll be celebrating by wearing yellow so join us to stand out and show up for mental health awareness.

So, are you saying #HelloYellow this World Mental Health Day?

Self-Care and Wellbeing is Important!

Life can be pretty stressful, and finding a job, planning your career, or thinking about your future can make it even more overwhelming.

So many things can affect your mental health, but there are ways to manage it – it’s about finding the right tools and techniques for you! Strategies that help manage my mental health may not work for you, and vice versa.

At Careers Worcs, we can support you with finding the right techniques and resources to improve your overall wellbeing.

It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and forget about taking care of our mental wellbeing. World Mental Health Day serves as a gentle reminder to prioritise our own mental health. Whether practising mindfulness, engaging in hobbies, exercising, or simply taking a break, investing time in activities that bring joy and relaxation can significantly improve your mental health.

Small steps toward self-care can have a profound impact on overall wellbeing!

Why not have a digital detox?

In today’s digital age, it’s so easy to get lost in the online world!

Whilst scrolling through social media and watching TikTok videos can be fun, spending hours scrolling may not be good for your mental health. Reconnecting with the real world can help reduce anxiety and improve overall wellbeing. Even if it’s only for a few hours, taking a break from screens and social media can really help with your mental health!

Here are some useful resources:

 

 

World Teachers’ Day

Teachers Who Are Making a Difference Now!

In the world of education, there are many trailblazers making waves. They’re not your typical educators! They’re breaking the mould, and their stories are game changers.

This World Teachers’ Day (5th October), dive into the exciting journeys of Kakenya Ntaiya, Hanan al-Hroub, Salman Khan, and Linda Darling-Hammond – four superstars who are turning education into something epic!

These stories are a must read to inspire your own unique path into the world of teaching!

Kakenya Ntaiya

Kakenya Ntaiya’s impact as an educator extends beyond the classroom.

Her commitment to transforming the lives of young Maasai girls in Kenya has brought about great change.

Through the Kakenya Centre for Excellence, she has provided access to education and championed gender equality, empowering girls to break from traditional barriers. Ntaiya’s dedication to education has opened doors for many marginalised girls, demonstrating the power of education in creating brighter futures and fostering social change. Her global influence reminds us of the boundless possibilities that emerge when education is seen as a tool for empowerment and progress.

Watch her TedTalk here to hear about the obstacles she faced to grow into the inspiration she is today.

 

Hanan al-Hroub

Hanan al-Hroub’s influence as an educator is inspiring.

From Palestine, she has dedicated her life to promote peace and education in a region of conflict.

Her teaching methods, rooted in empathy and nonviolence, earned her the Global Teacher Prize in 2016. Al-Hroub’s work emphasises the importance of creating a safe and nurturing learning environment, being a positive impact on many Palestinian children.

Her legacy for peaceful education stands as powerful proof to the potential of teaching, hope, tolerance, and brighter future for generations to come.

 

Salman Khan

Salman Khan’s influence as an educator has been innovative.

As the founder of Khan Academy, he offers free, high-quality online resources to learners worldwide.

His user-friendly instructional videos cover a wide range of subjects, making complex topics accessible to millions. Khan’s approach to personalised learning has reshaped traditional classrooms and inspired educators to embrace technology for enhancing education.

His impact on education transcends borders, empowering individuals of all ages to take control of their learning journeys and fostering a culture of lifelong learning.

 

Linda Darling-Hammond

Linda Darling-Hammond‘s influence as an educator is profound and far-reaching.

Known for her expertise in teacher education and educational policy, she has played a vital role in the American education system.

As an advocate for fair and effective teaching practices, she has influenced policies prioritising teacher quality and students’ outcomes.

Her research and leadership have helped reforms aimed at closing achievement gaps and ensuring all students have access to high-quality education.

Her impact inspires educators & policymakers to campaign fair, researched approaches to education reform.

 

The world of teaching isn’t just about classrooms and textbooks.

These stories are a reminder that teaching is a powerful force for positive change. If you’re considering a career in teaching, remember that you have the potential to be a trailblazer, just like these incredible educators. Your journey in education can be epic, filled with opportunities to make a lasting impact, drive positive change, and inspire generations to come.

Who knows, you can make an impact with one person, within a school, in Worcestershire or further afield. The possibilities are endless. And we are here to give you the support you need. Visit us at the Hub in The Hive to kickstart your career into teaching with an one-to-one appointment with a careers advisor. Or check out Careers in Teacher Training and Education here to find pathways into teaching. Start your journey into teaching today!

 

– by Rebecca