It’s National Careers Week!

It’s National Careers Week!

It’s National Careers Week! National Careers Week promotes careers guidance across the UK. This year’s Nation Careers Week event is taking place 1 – 6 March 2021. National Careers Week is a fantastic celebration of all things associated with careers guidance and aims to support young people leaving education and moving on to employment.

For many people, change can be scary. The transition from leaving school or college can be extremely daunting, especially to young people. But don’t worry! It doesn’t have to be. If you’re undecided about what to do next after leaving school, college or sixth form, there are plenty of options available. As part of 2021 National Careers Week, we have gathered just a few options to help you get a clearer picture on what to do next, and how you can benefit from each option.


For many, university seems like the natural next step. University is a great idea for those who are looking to increase their knowledge and study more of what you want to pursue. Unlike school, there is a lot more freedom and independence. University also suits both academic and vocational learners too.

So what are the benefits:

You will gain an internationally recognised qualification. According to UCAS, it is estimated that on average university graduates can have an increase of starting salary of up to 30%.

However, university isn’t for everyone. For some the idea of even more classroom learning fills them with absolute dread. There are many more options available if this is not the road you are looking to pursue.


Traineeships are an education, training and work experience programme that prepares young people for the world of work. The government funded kickstart scheme is an example of a traineeship. Traineeships are for 16 – 24-year-olds. The programme can last from six weeks to six months. With this experience you’ll be able to strongly compete for apprenticeships and employment.

So, what are the benefits:

A traineeship will provide you with an opportunity to build your CV and also work experience. You will get an opportunity for a job interview at the company you’re training for.


An apprenticeship is for those who are looking for a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships typically last between one and four years and are available in a wide range of industries. They are available at three levels: Intermediate, Advanced and Higher. An apprenticeship can be a practical alternative to University. Higher level apprenticeships are equivalent to anything from a higher education certificate to a master’s degree. Apprenticeships are a mix of on-the-job training and classroom learning. You will earn a wage while training and gain experience with working with other experienced staff members within your chosen industry.

So, what are the benefits:

An apprenticeship is paid for by the employer, so you won’t rack up any student debts, like University fees. You will earn money and gain relevant experience, as well as a recognised qualification. If you have already developed an interest in a particular industry, an apprenticeship can be a good way of getting your career started.


For those who don’t have the desire to endure anymore education, all hope is not lost!

On average, people are likely to make six job changes during their working career! So, don’t panic if you don’t have it all figured out! There are many job opportunities with good pay that are available to you. Many careers allow you to build your experience on the job. Alongside this, if you are unsure or struggling to gain employment, recruitment agencies (such as Kiwi Recruitment!) are specifically designed to help you. You can even become an entrepreneur and start your own business and become your own boss.

Your next step can be a big decision so it’s important to weigh out all your options and see what’s best for you.

Kiwi Recruitment are always on hand to provide any assistance 

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