What are your options?

What are your options?

Typical routes into your first job…

At the beginning of any career, the options can seem daunting in their breadth. In recent years, there has been a focus on graduate entrance into the workplace, however we want to highlight the many other routes into your first career. From work experience, to traineeships and apprenticeships, we have brought together some webistes that will give you information for entering the workplace. 

Work Experience

Work experience is usually unpaid work that allows you to gain understanding of a sector through immersion in a role or shadowing an employee. 


Traineeships are skills development programmes that tend to last between 6 weeks and a year. They are sometimes paid, and give experience in a workplace. 


Apprenticeships are paid training under the supervision of a professional in the sector you are trying to join. They tend to last between 1 and 4 years.


University can be the stepping stone between secondary education and the world of work. Degrees unlock graduate training schemes.

Gap years

Gap years are an opportunity for you to get experience and transferable skills that other applicants might not have. They are alos good for breaking up education and work. 


Job entry targeted support (JETS) is a programme aimed at helping those that have been out of work for 3 months or more, and provides resources and guidance to get you back to work.