When you turn 16, you’ll have more options and may find that there are more opportunities than you can even consider. In England, there are guidelines on when you can start your first full-time position as you need to be in part-time education or training until you’re 18. This means that when you leave school you have a few options. For example, you can:
- Stay in full-time education, such as college or sixth form
- Start an apprenticeship or traineeship
- Spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training
If you chose to complete an apprenticeship, you’ll be in paid, full-time employment. Alternatively, you may choose to go college or sixth-form or study in part-time education. When you do this, you could work part-time alongside your studying. This is normally something that can easily be slotted in with your studies, such as in a shop, supermarket, or café – free coffee, what a plus!
A part-time job like this is a great opportunity. Not only can you add it to your CV or UCAS application to make you stand out, but it means you can start to save money for the future too – how wise and responsible. Earning a regular income can give you an excellent chance to start being more independent, meaning you don’t have to rely on mum and dad to give you some spare cash for that new outfit or iPhone.
Once you get over the age of 18, you’ll no longer need to be in any type of education, depending on your outlook this may be a blessing or a curse. But ultimately, the world of employment will truly be your oyster. You could start working in a full-time position with an employer, or if you’re enterprising, set up your own business.
So, if you’re ready to start your career and get into full-time work where you won’t have to study, why not check out other jobs right here on the GetMyFirstJob website!