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13s: UCAS personal statement support

We’re now down the the point where you can only get personal statement support from the following places:

  • Sunday and Tuesday lunchtime seminars (this week is the last week)
  • you have 2 half-hour meetings you’re allowed with me in total this year (if you haven’t already used them!) – come book them with the booking sheet just inside the door

Or you can buy external support (like paying for a subject tutor, only for personal statements instead of subject learning) – if you want to know how to use the service we’ve checked and approve of, come and ask me: we use experienced staff working in Europe who understand the UCAS system well. The advantage is that they will be able to give you a lot more time and depth of feedback than tutors in school will. They can even be more “hands on” and write sections for you more fully than tutors will, or know how to.

If you want to purchase some support, come and ask me for details and I’ll put you in contact. You pay them (either online or through the school) and email the work to them. More details later.

Careers news: uni figures, temp conditions, rating degrees and careers advice

Here’s a quick gathering of recent news in the Careers field.

Firstly (unsurprisingly, in the year fees have rocketed up) the number of applicants to UCAS has fallen noticeably. Don’t get too excited – it’s not fallen by the amount youth unemployment has risen, and a degree’s not a meal ticket any more. Unsurprisingly, given that getting a degree will now cost you a quarter of the value of a house in some parts of the UK, students will increasingly see themselves as customers – which explains why Which has decided to starting rating and ranking uni courses in the UK.

However, note the rise of temporary / agency work. More and more jobs and companies are taking workers on only through agencies. This rather nasty trick is to ensure they don’t need to give them normal employment rights. Even when the EU has passed a law to give most normal employment rights to temporary workers, it turns out big companies like Tesco are asking their staff to waive their new rights – the implicit threat being no waive = no job. Don’t end up in agency work if you can avoid it. It’s slavery by another name.

At the other end of the scale, you might like to look at the Telegraph’s top ten best-paid jobs in the UK. It’s a bit of a nonsense because (a) it massively underestimates some at the top of the list, (b) it ignores self-employed in some of these fields, who tend to earn more, (c) it’s all about being “top” of the organisations they name which, whilst nice, is not a realistic aim generally – you should expect more to be a successful middle-ranker and check those typical salaries.

Lastly and definitely not leastly, it turns out that people like me are not totally useless after all – while there is an ongoing rise in online or telephone careers advice, it seems some people are missing the personal touch of a Careers advisor in their own school. Don’t forget to book a meeting to come and talk to me about your future if you like. You might like to tell the Guardian about what you think of careers advice.

Careers services for young people being scrapped

Let’s be blunt: you’re in competition with your peers. For university places, for apprenticeships and internships, and for jobs – and you will be for years to come. If you’re better informed and prepared than them, you can and will do better; if they’re better prepared and informed than you, you should worry.

It’s cruel to say it but consider this:

This is an advantage to you over your peers / competitors in other schools around the globe… but only if you USE IT. Come and talk about Careers, and start planning well, and early.

Careers Support Meetings

Now I’ve horrified you all about the state of the jobs market for your generation – come and talk about it with me. I’m Mr. Drennan, and I’m based in 003.

DBS are opening up “Careers Support Meetings” around the school year for any student wishing to talk about and plan for their future. The meetings are casual, friendly and supportive rather than critical, and confidential if you like.

The three available slots are Tues p1, Weds p3 and Wednesday lunchtime. (Obviously only Sixth Formers “free” at that time can come to the first two.) Each slot is divided into 3 short slots. You book a slot simply by coming down to room 003 and putting your name, surname and year group in any free slot in the sheet on the door. You can book up to three weeks ahead. Or you can just try turning up – there might be a slot available on the spot.

Initially, 6F and 11s will have priority; 10s and below will get support offered later in the year.

You’re not committing yourself to anything by coming, and it could make all the difference to a successful future for you. Come and tell me your plans – or let’s talk about what they might start to be if you don’t yet have any!