In a sense, career plans should emerge naturally as a student grows up. Asking simple questions such as, ‘What skills do I have?’ and, ‘What am I passionate about?’ should bring young people to a clear conclusion. However, as everybody who has ever asked themselves those questions will know, the truth is much more complicated and it is likely that you have a diverse and unique profile that does not fit neatly into a particular career path.
Moreover, today’s graduates are going to experience more change in the job market than ever before. Graduating at age 21, they may have a career that lasts 50 years. We are here to guide those who are torn between the multitude of options available and help students or recent graduates make sense of the landscape. The traditional security offered by professional qualifications in law, accountancy or finance may lose its appeal as young people are increasingly drawn to the dynamic and booming technology sector. How is it possible to identify a career path when the world is changing at such a rapid pace?
We offer reassuring and relevant support with career planning in order to make the process exciting rather than stressful. We will help you to identify what is important to you and work with your strengths. Our impartial experts can offer you frank and pertinent advice and ensure that you are asking yourself the right questions when embarking on a career.
WORK EXPERIENCE & INTERNSHIPS
At Holland Park we can put together work experience plans for you, helping you to break down the time available to you in school or university holidays so that you use it effectively. We have a wide network of contacts and can help you craft initial emails, covering letters or write your first CV. Universities will expect to see work experience on your Personal Statement and so it is important to prioritise this in your school holidays. It is never too early to start and we suggest that fifteen year olds and up should be actively seeking to develop their work experience.
University holidays are an excellent time to take on paid or unpaid internships; an internship is more formal than work experience and often the positions offered by major multinational companies are very competitive to win places on. Firms that offer internships sometimes advertise their programmes through university careers departments and visit top institutions to recruit students. Many internships are paid; some pay generously. The placements will encompass a variety of different experiences within the company so that students are exposed to an interesting cross-section of roles and desks.
Internships with the top banks, management consultancies and law firms are impressive and widely respected. Participants find themselves on a steep learning curve and often come out of it with real prospects of being awarded a job on the firm’s graduate training scheme. Even if you do not think you are interested in the sector in the long-run, the exposure to those at the top of their field and the skills and workplace awareness that you will develop will be invaluable in helping to secure the job you really aspire to.
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